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Storytelling Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00005OM56
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fiction
2. Freak
3. Dialogue: Conan, Early Letterman
4. Fuck This Shit
5. Night Walk
6. Dialogue: Jersey's Where It's At
7. Black And White Unite
8. Consuelo
9. Dialogue: Toby
10. Storytelling
11. Dialogue: Class Rank
12. I Don't Want To Play Football
13. Consuelo Leaving
14. Wandering Alone
15. Dialogue: Mandingo Cliche
16. Scooby Driver
17. Fiction Reprise
18. Big John Shaft


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Format: Audio CD
It is clear to me that some other reviewers have neglected to see the movie and thus nullify their own opinions. Enough said on that.
I felt that this was a very solid CD from start to finish. All of the songs flowed one to the other and made sense.--Especially if you saw the film (though I didn't particularly like it). B&S are apt to tell stories as it is--listen to any song and you'll understand what I mean. I must say that I have a great fondness for B&S and may be inclined to like this a tad more; however, after DCW I can see that my loyalty is not blind. This really is a good album.
Some may feel that it drug along or that it was boring, et cetera. I thought it was beautiful, and I'm sure I'm not alone. The instrumental F*ck this Sh*t was one of my favorites--and I loved Sarah's Storytelling.--By the way, Sarah is no faux Isobel as some have said. Sarah is Sarah and she's in the band and Isobel is out.
I would not buy this album if you are not patient. I would not buy it if you thought Boy With The Arab Strap was the end all. I would not buy it as a first glimpse of B&S. I do recommend buying it if you love B&S--or can appreciate beauty.
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Format: Audio CD
both a great (and massively under-rated) film and a near perfect (and overlooked) b&s record. the record really shows off b&s's abilities at creating beautiful pop orchestral compositions, and the lyrical talents shine at their peak right here (especially with the self-reflective, shall i say brechtian, "storytelling" and "big john shaft"). the album's one downfall is that it parasitically exists with the film, and may not be nearly as enjoyable without knowing the "story" which is to be told.
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This is one of those discs that sounds better if you don't expect a lot from it. It is just soundtrack music, after all, which explains why so much of it is instrumental. (And why nobody has the right to complain about the small number of proper songs.) Surprisingly, the instrumental tracks, especially "Freak," "Fiction," and the obscenely titled Track 4, are quite good, while the songs are hit-and-miss.
I've seen the movie, by the way, and I hated it. The first part is apparently supposed to be a "confrontational" look at racism, but mostly it's just embarrassing. Do not rent this movie for a mixed-race group. The second part is one of those fake documentary movie-within-a-movie things which has been done hundreds of times before, and only occasionally to good effect. This is not one of those occasions.
Only a few tiny snippets of B+S music are in the film until the closing credits, when the song "Storytelling" is played. I can see why Todd Stolonz did not use much of this music. Though the band made their best attempt to sound American, they don't sound American enough for this film. At least the title of Track 4 was explained, however: The high school kid in the second part of the movie was forced to take the SAT test against his wishes, so in rebellion he spelled out the obscene phrase in large capital letters by filling in the appropriate dots on the test form. Clever.
If you're a big B+S fan, this disc should be worth your while. I think it is an improvement over the disappointing "Fold Your Hands Child..." and shows a willingness by the band to try something new. Maybe they needed to do something like this to get back on track.
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By Alfred Viola on July 10 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge B&S fan, and having given this album a month of listening feel safe to express a negative opinion. I haven't been this disappointed since the Virgin Suicides soundtrack, although I believe Storytelling is more successful than the Air album.
The material is well arranged, but it's a lot of musical cliches. They're pretty catchy tunes, but I feel like I've heard them in cheap sixties/seventies movies. It's earnest, as all B&S music seems to be coming from someplace real, but it's just too bland to recommend.
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Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Belle and Sebastian for awhile, and though I found this CD to be a departure from the group's normal work, it certainly does not deserve the negative reviews that some reviewers here have bestowed upon it.
On the contrary, "Storytelling" has a permanent home in my portable CD player, and it has the special ability to appeal to my parents when I play it aloud at home. The instrumentals are luscious and demonstrate the truly powerful presence of Belle and Sebastian as a group - sometimes they number 20-odd people on-stage, rather than their stated size of 7-8 performers (now down one person, I'm afraid, with Isobel's departure from the group). B&S's music often works in an amazing orchestral form, so I was happy to see what the group members can do as instrumentalists.
The humorous bits of spoken word [which I assume came from the film] were effective and fun. My favorites: "Maybe they make fun of New Jersey all the time. But I don't care. They're just snobs. Cause New Jersey's where America's at!" And: "When I go to high school I'm not going to play any football. I'm just going to concentrate on class rank." These quotes are awesome, interesting, ironic: Pure belle and sebastian (on a USA-inspired buzz).
The vocal selections are excellent as well. "Storytelling" is a great testament to and criticism of Todd Solondz. "Black and White Unite," "Wandering alone," and "Big John Shaft" work wonderfully. "I don't want to play football" IS hilarious AND charming. Whatever other people may think is fine; I think that this album works. Each piece fits together really well; the pieces flow, and I keep repeating songs over and over so that I can continue my B&S fix.
Whether or not you're a Belle and Sebastian fan I highly recommend this album.
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