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I M Waking Up To Us [Maxi]

Belle and Sebastian Audio CD
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1. I'm Waking Up To Us - Belle And Sebastian
2. I Love My Car - Belle And Sebastian
3. Marx and Engels - Belle And Sebastian

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Their Second EP of 2001. The Title Track was Produced by Mike Hurst (Pet Clark's "Downtown"). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential Oct. 11 2003
By Scot
Format:Audio CD
This EP packs more gorgeous harmony, lush instrumentation and charming lyrics into its 10 short minutes than most bands manage in a full album, if ever.
"Waking Up To Us" sounds a bit like a lost Roy Orbison/Phil Spector tune from the 60's, with its rich orchestration and Stuart's heart-thumping-on-sleeve vocal delivery. It's full of wonderful violin and oboe counter-melodies, and it wins my award for Best Use Of Bassoon In A Rock Song.
What if the Squirrel Nut Zippers covered the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows?" The result might sound a lot like "I Love My Car." I can't get its bouncy, swaggering horn melody out of my head. More wonderful, inscrutable Stuart lyrics here: "I love the rat who lives under the floor and makes his bed from novelettes." He's got triple the imagination of most songwriters.
"Marx and Engels" could hold its own with the best of "If You're Feeling Sinister." It's a warm, gentle piano tune, in which our hero's advances are rebuffed by that cute Communist Manifesto-reading riot grrl in the local laundrette.
I feel like all the previous B&S albums have been building toward this point. It's relaxed, whimsical, intimate and rich. You won't want to do without this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in defense of i love my car March 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great EP, and I agree with most of the reviews here. It starts off with "I'm Waking Up To Us" which is a song about the since departed and beautiful Isobel Campbell. As good as this song it, it is the third best song of a three-EP set. The second song "I Love My Car" has had pretty negative reviews here, but a song with a new orleans clarinet laden jazz bridge and daft lyrics with a nod to the Beach Boys and namely the rift between Mike Love and Brian Wilson (I love my Carl/I love my Brian/my Dennis and my Al/I could even find it in my heart to love Mike Love) has to be brilliant. "Marx and Engels" sounds like it could come straight from "If You're Feeling Sinister" but the sound is a little cleaner, although I think the weakest lyrically. The brilliance of the song still comes with Stu's arrangements and Isobel's countermelody which is actually a criticism of Karl Marx and Robert Engels (assumedly she is voicing the girl whom Stuart is talking about) shows the subtle brilliance one of the best contemporary bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the many EP's Oct. 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
It may seem a bit extreme, but I think I'm going to label this "the best thing so far by Belle & Sebastian." Yes, it's the same cute little introverted Scottish band we all know and love, but these three gems were a match made in wimpy indie heaven. Kicking off with the sublimely twee yet somehow melancholy title track, the band establishes the lush tone for the disk. Flutes, piano, strings, you name it. And Stuart sounds like he's been crying, or has a cold. It's quite charming, actually.
Then is "I love my car," a little ditty many a Belle & Sebastian fan (or at least me) has sung to himself as he fills his auto with gasoline or runs it through the car wash. As you might already have read, it employs a Dixieland jazz ensemble. Weird, yes. But also good. The twittering birds and roaring motors in the background make it interesting.
Finally, the switch back to classic Sinister-style songs with "Marx and Engels." I listened to this once while writing a paper on the Communist Manifesto and I got an A. I'll bet it would work for you, too. It's the most blatantly pretty of the three, carried along by a crisp little piano. The end really kicks it up a notch though. Isobel begins to hum a countermelody over Stuart with unintelligible words and then it seems to end, only to bring the listener to a dreamlike little coda with spacey tinkling of the keys and a flute. I wish it continued for ever, or maybe even just 10 minutes.
This EP is absolutely fantastic, and I recommend it 100%. If you even claim to like Belle & Sebastian, buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best so far May 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of course, it's all so subjective, but I think this single is the best they've produced so far. The openning track is more formally satyrical, the lead singer actually stylizing his singing voice quite dramatically! It's odd that this is the title song, though. Although certainly very enjoyable (great back-up vocals that you'll have to sing along with) it's not the best of the three.
The following tracks, however, are really fantastic.
I love my car is so beautifully produced, has such rich sound, but retains that honest crisp sound that Belle and Sebastian make their trademark. The melody is amazingly catchy (if a bit jingle-like) and the beat is infectious in an old dixieland jazz kind of way. This is the first track that suddenly hit me, and I listened to it over and over, like seven or eight times in a row.
But most astounding is Marx and Engels, which I think is their most beautiful song to date. As always, their lyrics are fascinating, but the melody is just so sweet and rhapsodic. Again, the producing is really excellent. All the instrumentation is very well played and surrounds you in a soft, warm shower of harmony. With a lovely vocal counterpoint and an almost mystical ending, this song has more of a dramatic shape than most Belle and Sebastian songs. It travels farther and offers an interesting revelation at the very end. It's a total classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE EVERY SONG
Great single/EP... one of their best, I think. I'm Waking Up to Us is fantastic. I Love My Car is a great shift for them musically. Marx & Engles, classic B&S lyrics. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by Ruben H Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars How Could it Be Any Less Than 5 Stars?
It's Belle & Sebastian... Need I say more?
...and if I do, than you're just not listening enough!
Published on June 24 2003 by "kittyliterature"
4.0 out of 5 stars Drive Away With This CD
The I'm Waking Up To Us cd single contains one fabulous song, one very good song and one okay song. "Marx & Engels" is fabulous, classic Belle & Sebastian with... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2002 by P Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars The Season Has Arrived!
Alright, how many of you reading this have now seen B&S perform the title song on Conan O'Brien? It gets better, believe me! Read more
Published on May 5 2002 by "ann_septimus16"
5.0 out of 5 stars Just delicious
Belle and Sebastian's "I'm Waking Up to Us" EP contains one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in my life. Read more
Published on April 10 2002 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars sinister once more...
I was quite disappointed by "Jonathan David" and a bit wary of buying this EP, but happily, it's a great little album. Read more
Published on March 28 2002 by Shannon Wait
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band in the world
well..... they're getting better at it I think. No other band can match the sheer beauty of this music. Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by thrainn
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite b&s single for the time being
I dont know about the twee pop and cat stevens stuff but this is a wonderful cd single. Istead of a rehash of songs b&s have done before this is a totally new sound for... Read more
Published on March 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and really fun.
"I Love My Car" is one of Belle & Sebastian's most fun songs ever. It is an upbeat and kind of goofy song to lighten your spirits. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Chad A. Lauterbach
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