If You're Feeling Sinister Import
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Whimsy and preciousness is an integral part of 'If You're Feeling Sinister', along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements - a wonderful blend of the Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, to be reductive.
There are several schools of thought about Syd Barrett, the early leader of Pink Floyd. Some think he was a genius songwriter, even when he was utterly whacked out. Others think he was just a druggie tosspot (those people are wrong). If you subscribe to the former school, you need to hear Belle and Sebastian, who seem to inhabit a musical universe close to Syd's. Songs seem to fly off the cuff, as attractive as a summer day when you were 16. We're not talking self-conscious strangeness here, but just natural, organic weirdness with melodies that make these songs work. --Chris Nickson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Musically, the album is very folkish, with most acoustic guitars, or clean electric guitars. On some songs ('Seeing Other People', 'The Fox In The Snow') the piano is the dominant instrument. Many of the tracks are also augmented with trumpet melodies ('The Stars Of Track And Field') and gentle string arrangements ('Like Dylan In The Movies', 'The Boy Done Wrong Again'). The lyrics are another high point to this album, they are absolutely fabulous. Sometimes dark, sometimes thoughtful or introspective, and always interesting.
Despite what a few reviews say, this album is not esoteric or difficult. It's actually quite catchy and melodic, even easy on the ears. It's very quirky and has that very Anglo European kinda feel to it. The music is very tonal and really quite simple and pleasing. It's not an album that "scenesters" have to pretend to like, because it easily gets by on its own merits. If you've heard good things about this group, please buy this album, it's well worth it.
Claimed as belle and sebastian's best work, "If you're feeling sinister" is one of the best albums of the '90s.
Belle and sebastian certainly aren't getting the credit they deserve, "If you're feeling sinister" will be consider as one of the greatest albums ever. Ever? maybe not, 'in my opinion'. but definitely one of the greatest records of the 1990s. it released in 1998 and was a shocker to indie fans. songs like "Fox in the snow", "Dylan in the movies", "Me and the major", and the title-track "If you're feeling sinister" simply describe how great this album is. so, why read my review? go ahead and buy/download this record and you see.
Actually, "If you're feeling sinister" is a landmark in music history.
This album is threaded through with an incredible joie de vivre- a group of young people playing any instrument they can get their grubby little hands on with an emphasis on spirit over perfection playing the songs written by one of their mates. When one of your mates is as talented as Stuart Murdoch though, you're going to go far.
Despite the needless attention given to the bands fear of the press and faceless nature, it doesn't really matter who the band are. The songs speak for themselves so clearly, creating their own little white middle class bubble of daydreams and poetry and crushes on unattainable boys and girls and an utter fascination with the world around them, interpreted through their own vision of course.
Each track on here strays fantastically close to perfection. The stand out tracks for me are "Get me away from here I'm dying" and "Seeing other people", but it would take a heart of steel not to melt in front of the beautiful melodies crammed into this short album.
To classify it as lo-fi, folk rock or twee pop really doesn't do it justice - this is some of the best music ever created and if you listen to it you'll love it.
Most recent customer reviews
I got turned onto B&S rather by accident and picked up this album as my second purchase after 2006's "The Life Pursuit". Read morePublished on April 2 2007 by J. De Rocher
This was the first B&S album that I bought and I love it. Tracks 1-7 are flawless and some of the best music you'll get to hear anywhere. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Evan McDermott
Anyone remeber Donovan? He had a few hits back in the 60's. Belle and Sebastian sound like today's Donovan. Pretentious! Maybe it is Donovan? Whatever happened to him? Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Pazz
consider this analogy-
belle & sebastian is to the beatles as president bush is to president reagan- A WATEREDDOWN VERSION
if u didnt like the beatles please do... Read more
I guess I lost out on the meaning of the word, and if you know I assume you are better 'versed' than I in pop language. I really don't care though. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Sarah Shoemaker
I bought this some time ago on a hunch and some good press I had read about them-I was amazed. The stories the lyrics tell are slightly subversive, but they are politely delivered... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Dan Tobin
.....but this is the most overrated band going. Very good lyrics, I'll give them that, but pop music is not just poetry with pompous twee music backing it up. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by D. Amadio
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