- Audio CD (Jan. 20 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, EP, Import, Maxi
- Label: Jeepster
- ASIN: B000007WNE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
|1. Lazy Line Painter Jane|
|2. You Made Me Forget My Dreams|
|3. Photo Jenny|
|4. A Century Of Elvis|
OK- a few things here: best 4 bucks I've spent in a LONG time. I would have gladly paid more than full price for this sucker had I know how great it was. Also, I'm SO angry at myself for waiting so long to get to know this great music! The EP set is only the tip of the iceberg, as they have four or five full-lengths, but I so admire their dedication to the EP format. Each of these (and Jonathan David, which I also got and strongly recommend!) have their own character and flavor.
Major highlight is "Lazy Line Painter Jane" which is the kind of song that could have ruled the airwaves back when Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" was a miserable failure. It reaches such orgasmic heights of Phil Specto-rama, with layer upon layer of sound building and building (AND BUILDING AND BUILDING) around the duet between Stewart and the soulful white girl Monica White. The lyrics are vague in a Stewart kind of way, with enough evocative references to "boys" and "girls" who's lives are potentially altered by the "last bus out of town" to make you buy into this grandiose drama of human feeling without knowing exactly what the hell is going on (Dylan-esque? Yes!) It's a total geek-out! And I just LOVE how that bass line recenters the focus after the first verse, breaks it all down and then builds it back up! You da man, Stewart!Read more ›
Belle and Sebastian is one of only two groups I know that can have such a dense sound without crowding out the main theme, that can have so many instruments, and still have every one of them contributing something interesting: the other band is the Talking Heads. Most bands that try to achieve such thickly layered music just fall on their face: though they win fans and critical praise, to be sure, the result is nothing but over-produced rubbish.
And what's more, Belle and Sebastian don't just pull off these composing feats: they use the rich sound to enhance their songs. The well-paced, perfectly-orchestrated build-ups of Beautiful, Put the Book Back on the Shelf, and Lazy Line Painter Jane make these songs absolutely gripping: the melodic interplay becomes so engrossing by the end of the songs that every fiber of the listener's being is in tune with their dizzying, uplifting chamber-pop swagger. You Made me Forget my Dreams, on the other hand, has a heart-breaking delicacy, the broken phrases of its effects-heavy string instrumental both aching and soothing at once. And the stately melodic wash of Century of Fakers and The State I Am In achieves something in-between the intensity and the delicacy of the aforementioned tracks.Read more ›