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|1. The State I Am In|
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|4. You're Just A Baby|
|5. Electronic Renaissance|
|6. I Could Be Dreaming|
|7. We Rule The School|
|8. My Wandering Days Are Over|
|9. I Don't Love Anyone|
|10. Mary Joe|
Tigermilk is simply gorgeous, an unaffected debut equal to the Smiths' finest work, and seemed to arrive fully formed out of nowhere in May 1996. In songs like the pastoral, shimmering "The State I Am In" and the wonderfully naive "We Rule the School," bandleader Stuart Murdoch had already laid the seeds that would later come to such full, poignant fruition on If You're Feeling Sinister and The Boy with the Arab Strap. The 10 songs here have such a natural pop sensibility, such a grace and resonance, it's hard now to believe that Tigermilk was only originally intended as a small-time project between seven Glaswegian friends (the original vinyl release was limited to 1,000 copies). Whimsical, surreal, and beautiful, this reissue is well worth the wait. --Everett True
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'The State I Am In' is one of the few songs I've heard that makes me laugh out loud, and contains some of the wittiest biblical allusions I've ever heard. 'Expectations' should be required listening for every high or middle school kid who thinks no one understands them. "Write a song, I'll sing along" I wish I'd heard it back then: even though I'm a boy, I can relate to every incident in the song. I could really go on and on, but every song is fabulous.
If you're just getting into B&S I highly recommend this album as a starting point.
For me the best song, and the best song they've ever done, is album opener "The State I'm In". As a manifesto and a call to arms it has never been excelled, and as a classic shaggy dog story, I doubt it ever will be! You can almost feel the joy Stuart derives from telling his stories and spitting out his acutely observed and intricate lyrics ("got married in a rush to save a kid from being deported, now she's in love...") and the album's sugar rush is insanely infectious.
The lyrical obsessions with buses, lesbianism and religion are already in place, and the band's charm is allowed to shine through the dodgy production.
This is a warm, heartbreakingly beautiful and affecting record and it deserves your attention.
PS. Listen closely at the start of track two - just before the vocals come in there's a weird noise. It's Stuart self-consciously zipping up his cardigan as he steps up to the mic to sing! How cute!!
It starts out with "The State that I am in", one of the strongest tracks, lyrically. "Expectations" is a simple, witty song, as is "She's losing it". "You're just a baby" is harder to love, but the chorus is very nice. "Electronic Renaissance" is very different from the rest of the album, and the one skippable track (unless you're in the right mood for it). It progresses to "I could be dreaming" which, fittingly, is a very sleepy song. "We rule the school" is a simple ballad, and it really grows on you after time. Then comes my favorite track "My wandering days are over". The references to the spooky witch in the sexy dress are very nice, and the music has a great melody. I don't love anyone is an average song, but is essential to the album. "Mary Jo" is a good way to end it, it makes a reference to the first song and ties it all together very nicely.
I know everyone says "If you're feeling sinister" is their masterpiece, but I would disagree and champion this album.
It's a sort of pure pop breath of fresh air that hooks you from the first moment you hear Stuart's voice. The music, what can I say about it? Catchy, kinetic, comforting, good to make love to... or so I've heard, HA! Favorites are "The State I Am In, She's Losing It, I Could Be Dreaming, Mary Jo, and Electronic Rennaisance". The last one because it's so different from anything else on the album, and it makes me dance, dance, dance! It is a CD I listen to at least 2 times a week start to finish every week.
Thank you Stacy, I never would have found B 'n' S without you. BTW, get "I'm Waking Up To Us" also, "Marx And Engels" is great.
That said brings us to the septet from Glasgow, "Belle and Sebastian". Recorded in 5 days for a college course, "B & S's" 1996 release "Tiger Milk" is a paradoxical quagmire of emotion served on a velvet carpet with a sprinkle of vinegar. A cursory listen to Stuart Murdoch's undulating brogue would leave one feeling gleeful and at peace with the universe. Yet, with a thorough listen one discovers a heartbreaking pathos covered in pop bliss. In this lies the genius of this album. Almost a metaphor for, lets say, the 1950's, "Tiger Milk" lures you in with a false façade of light fluff. If unaware, you'd slide through this disk. Yet, those who know better can't help but to relate to their frustration and regret of living in a world where the majority are oblivious to the evils around them. Remember what happened because of the ignorance of the `50's? That's right, the 60's, `nuff said.
"B & S" cover the emotional wasteland from abyss to abyss. To surf these lyrically adroit dunes, one needs to give over to the entire concept. You can't just bound from song to song and expect to comprehend the work. Which, in this case, is precisely the point. How often do we prejudge a piece before we complete the puzzle? How often do we blindly accept what's served to us just because it's served to us?Read more ›
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even though i am late forties-something, i try to keep up with the music scene. i would see belle and sebastian pop up here and there in the press, to generally favorable reviews. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2007 by Winnipeg Tim
Great album. The rhythm to "Electronic Renaissance" is quite similar to that on Pat Benetar's "Love is a battlefield," which I find quite amusing. Great song. Read morePublished on March 28 2004
First off i should say that i'd only give 5 stars to a flat-out classic album, so 3 stars isn't a bad score. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by JR
Why do you listen this album? Because you wanna be part of a picnic together with your closest friend? Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Daniella Amaral Diniz Silva
When you're feeling particularly self-indulgent, navel-gazing and all that, you can listen to Morrissey, the Smiths, the Cure, or Belle & Sebastian. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by mmcwatters
If Belle and Sebastian were just serving up a 90's style of angst a la Morrissey etal, then this would be a good album but not great. Read morePublished on July 12 2001
Listen to this cd. Now! beautiful, fresh and inspiring music. I am a Belle and Sebastian fan, and this is probably my favourite from them, along with if you are feeling sinister. Read morePublished on June 23 2001
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