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Sing...Jonathan David Maxi, Single


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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi, Single
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00005J9X7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jonathan David - Belle And Sebastian
2. Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove It - Belle And Sebastian
3. The Loneliness Of A Middle Distance Runner - Belle And Sebastian

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Belle And Sebastian ~ Jonathan David

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
This set of three new recordings by Philly-based techno duo Belle and Sebastian shows off the "new sound" of the city of brotherly love. The A side ("Jonathan David") is a blistering slice-of-life spoken-word drama depicting the battle of the sexes on a Rittenhouse Square park bench. (The sizzling references to cheese steaks and scrapple will please locals and out-of-towners alike.) The better of the two B sides, "Take This Carriage Clock and Shove It," is a rave-up worthy of the Yardbirds, with Stuart Murdoch flailing away at his Stratocaster. The only disappointment is "The Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner," which, fans will note, samples barely the first two bars of Coleman Hawkins' "Body and Soul" and is chiefly a showcase for Isobel ("The New Janis") Campbell's patented blues howl. The hidden bonus track ("I'm Lonelier Than You"), with its xylophones and boozy trombones, suggests a new direction for the upbeat twosome. Overall, another awesome performance by a couple of club kids with talent to burn.
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I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on this one. Like every other Belle & Sebastian release, I raced out to buy 'Jonathan David' but when I got it home, that old familiar sense of dread kicked in. What if they finally lose it? I'm 30 and I listen to tons of music. Belle & Sebatian are one of the only bands that reduce me to an enthusiastic 15 year old anticipating a new Smiths record. I can't afford to lose them! So, after circling it a few times, I finally threw it on & my first thought was "No! Not another non-Stuart Murdoch song! This democracy has to end!" My ears pricked up a bit at the Zombies-like middle acapella bit so I knew SOMETHING was going on. Besides, I thought, most truly brilliant songs don't get you on the first listen. That was a week ago & I cannot get this single off my turntable or out of my head! The melody is insanely clever & catchy & the orchestration is perfect as usual. The 2 flip sides are both good Stuart songs - I almost take for granted the high standard he maintains in his writing. Still, it's the A side I keep returning to. I imagine there will be a split decision among B & S fans on this one. It's a subtle one - but seriously, I haven't had a song this stuck in my head since the Clientle's 'Reflections After Jane' a few years back. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because 'If You're Feeling Sinister'is (unfortunately for B & S) the standard by which all their other releases will be judged & it's basically perfect.
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Just when I thought that the whimsy and elegiac wistfulness of the "If You're Feeling Sinister" album was gone forever, Belle and co give me this. Thank you. Jonathan David took a few listens for me to catch on, but it is sort of in the track of "Legal man". They have the same psychedelic organ swirling in the back ground, with a truly catchy chorus and an inventive melody. It took me a while to decide that I liked it, but now I really like it alot. It is my favorite song that Stevie (I think that is his name) sings; I usually avoid listening to him much. That said, the other two tracks are where the money is. "Clock" is beautiful, almost majestic in it's pathos, and lovely. It feels like it were a bouquet of flowers sadly left out in the rain as their petals drop into the mud. "Loneliness" feels very much like classic B&S, with a great melody, good hooks, and beauty to spare. Both are sung by Stuart...which is, of course, a good thing. I think that isobel and steve both have functional voices, perhaps even both more "pretty" than stuart's nasal self. However, he inhabits the soul of the music more strongly, and I think he understands how to sing more than they do. Bravo. I can't wait for more.
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The first time I listened to this EP, I thought that it was sort of strange and uncharacteristic of Belle and Sebastian. The second time I listened to it, I decided that I would be thrilled if this was the direction that B&S decided to go in from now on.
"Jonathan David" is a brave song. The melody is not the usual fare, and the song is a reinterpretation of a biblical story. Still, it remains beautiful and relevant.
"Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove it" is a beautiful song. The melody is captivating. More importantly, the song paints a psychological portrait of a man, who's sad fate seems just a bit to painful and real. If you like this kind of character sketch, you should read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
"The Lonliness of a Middle Distance Runner" is pure Belle and Sebastian with an thoughtful twist. I love it.
Do buy this C.D. It is worth your while.
If you are already a B&S fan, take the leap and buy this c.d. Don't be afraid of this new progress in the art of B&S.
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This is, by far Belle and Sebastian's best work. All three songs are perfect examples of the band's varying sounds. The title track is a bouncy, retro sounding pop tune; Bacharach and the Beatles are definitely present here. "Take Your Carriage Clock..." has one of the most beautiful string arrangements I've ever heard, on a B+S record or otherwise. Stewart Murdoch's lyrics tell the tale of a man who can no longer stand his own mundane job and poor treatment. There is a great anger in his voice, but he pulls it all off in such a refined way, the listener hardly even notices it. The EP closes with "The Loneliness of A Middle Distance Runner", a more layed back track with a terrific chorus: "And no one cares, Oh you care I know, you care I forgot for a while". All in all, a wonderful collection, and a perfect introduction piece to one of the finest bands in indie rock.
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