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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00004SWH2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Legal Man - Belle And Sebastian
2. Judy Is A Dick Slap - Belle And Sebastian
3. Winter Wooskie - Belle And Sebastian

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Those wacky Belle & Sebastian kids, apparently killing time between exceedingly sensitive art-pop albums, toss out a smirking ode to legal professionals that's awash in fake sitar licks and chipper Mamas & the Papas harmonies. Along with the title track, we also get the thankfully instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap" and the Bacharach-tinged "Winter Wooskie." The latter, with its wistful piano, airy vocals, and innocent penny whistle, is the closest thing to what we've come to expect from the U.K.'s most refined pop band. On reflection, this EP is a bit of a throwaway, really, but if you're a Belle & Sebastian fan, you'll want to own it. --Bill Forman

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By A Customer on May 28 2000
Format: Audio CD
Now, I'm a BIG fan of Belle & Sebastian, and one thing I appreciate about them is their experimentation -- that is, the way they recombine their influences rather than simply wearing them on their sleeves. Unfortunately, this e.p. does the latter. The middle-track, an instrumental, and the best one on the e.p., is bookended by complete throw-away attempts at el records razzle-dazzle circa '86 & The Cyrcle (see "Red Rubber Ball") circa '66. "Judy Is a Dick Slap" (brilliant title), however, is worth it to me: an updated take on Felt's middle-era instrumentals played with a moog which they somehow make orchestral in the best, most expansive sense of the word. Belle & Sebastian are very unsteady, have yet to learn their limits, but still (on occassion) make my day.
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By A Customer on May 31 2000
Format: Audio CD
Belle & Sebastian will probably prove to be one of the most difficult bands to exist in the coming years. Their albums have been wonderful in a very classic sense and have contained some of the most brilliant lyrics since Dylan's 60's days. Take Legal Man's love letter from a lawyer! Hilarious and spot-on!
This single is amazing for the simple fact that they refuse to give the people what they expect. Who the hell are the maisonettes? They can't sing a lick, in the best way possible. Where's Stuart's sad and sexy vocals? Where's that easy to follow melody and easy to be hip guitar part ripped from Johnny Marr? Nowhere to be found because Belle & Sebastian have got better things to do than please their critics. And I praise them for it.
Legal Man is coming back.
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By A Customer on June 14 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I heard the melancholic beauty of If You're Feeling Sinister I have never hesitated to pull out my wallet for the latest Belle and Sebastian release, and until now have never been dissapointed. These three throw away songs are a quirky stew of misguided cliches, and sound like an under produced tribute to Peter Gunn or some forgotten sixties spy soundtrack played for camp. At least that is the impression it made after one listening, which was all I could muster before heading to the nearest used record shop to unload this aberration. My advice would be to skip this release, and head straight for Fold Your Hands Child... (their latest LP) which offers a more subtle change in direction that does not betray their body of work.
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i love belle and sebastian...and this little quirky EP is fantastic. it's not your typical b&s faire; legalman is a 60s-inspired britpop tour de force complete with flighty female accompaniment. the oddly-named "judy is a dickslap" is an instrumental romp, with a pretty piano interlude at the end. (yes, there is a pretty part to "judy is a dickslap.") winter wooskie is probably the most "normal" b&s song, with the comfortable rolling piano syncopated beat.
if you're new to b&s, don't get this album: get "the boy with the arab strap," "tigermilk," or "fold your hands...." however, if you have a few of their albums, you must own this EP. get 3,942 of them now.
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Format: Audio CD
I have always found a dark and wicked sense of humor in some Belle and Sebastian songs - Legal Man brings out that sense of humor in musical form. According to other interviews with the band, the track was written as a "jam" and it has that feel - light, insubstantial, but very musical and very swinging. If you're looking for the tight, insightful songwriting , you may be a little disappointed. But if you're willing to have a little fun, you'll find this ep in your CD player quite often.
That last track is a more along the lines of B&S's other songs, though not one of their strongest.
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Format: Audio CD
Legal man is just too damn fun. I love it. Makes me wanna roll around in a field of dasies and take all my white shirts and tie-dye them!
Judy Is a Dick Slap... GREAT title... GREAT instrumental. Love it to pieces. Very groovy and makes ya want to shake my thang...
Winter Wooskie is just too damn CUTE. I think it's the best song on this single/EP.
Overall, I consider this single/EP a glimpse into one of their best albums, Dear Catastrophe Waitress. It has the studioized feel and has a very fun feel to it. If you like DCW, you'll love this... vice versa.
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Legal Man is not the standard Belle and Sebastian record everyone expects. The title song is very strange and though I can't think of a comparison, I always think of Tjinder Singh's side project Clinton (although it really isn't the same.) "Judy is a Dickslap" is a very cool instrumental which catches all of the band members at their musical best. Finally, "Winter Wooksie," which is my favorite on the single, sounds very much like early Burt Bacharach meets Donovan, with a strange guitar part. All in all, a fine record.
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By Amazon Customer on June 25 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is silly and artifcial but it's also the most enjoyable song that they've put out since "Get Me Away From Here..." No, you wouldn't want an album of revved-up janglers like this but consider it a balance; this helps to leaven the overly-dreary album that is "Fold Your Hands Child...". "Winter Wooskie" is also a clever Kink-y track that brings a smile to my face. A welcome change of pace and a good introduction to one of today's best pop bands.
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