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If You're Feeling Sinister [Import]

Belle and Sebastian Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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6. Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
7. If You're Feeling Sinister
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the past ten years June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard too much about Belle & Sebastian other than a good word and the occasional rave review and didn't give them much thought. I heard 'Like Dylan In The Movies' at a friend's house and had to hear more. This album completely exceeded all of my expectations and made me a permanent fan of the group.
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.
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... in a few years. while I don't like If You're Feeling Sinister more than all the Belle and Sebastian fans... If You're Feeling Sinister was one of the most suprising albums to come out of the 1990s'. i prefer other Belle and sebastian albums like "Boy with the Arab Strap"... but i'm weird I guess. but fans think If You're Feeling Sinister is their best, and should be in everyone's collection.
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.
**** stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If my house was burning down... May 14 2004
By jessica
Format:Audio CD
I would clutch this record to me like a baby blanket. Of course B&S are always charming, but this is really it...It is not cute, pleasant or 'nice' (adjectives commonly used in reference to these lovely Scots by condescending detractors), but rather a fabulous, rollicking yet consistent album that sends shivers up and down the spine. The opener 'Stars of track and field' is a stunner. Beautifully evoking so many ghosts of popular culture (think Nick Drake, 'If...', just about every boarding school story...), it begins simply, gorgeously and builds to a devastating climax. And then comes track 2, 'Seeing other people', with that infectious piano riff and more evocative, glorious lyrics. The last track 'Judy and the dream of horses' is just to die for - deceptively light, striking and lingering with the sugar-on-top of fabulously twee recorders. In between there are a thousand moments of lyrical, ecstatic bliss. Buy this sublime record, for it shall melt even the greatest cynic, and make idealistic young dreamers of us all...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ooh, that isn't what I meant to say at all! Dec 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you're feeling sinister stands as one of the best albums of the nineties, perhaps best ever. The music has a timeless feel and the lyrics speak to universal truth and beauty that can readily be understood and appreciated by everyone. No surprise then that this was their "breakthrough" album, meaning that more than their friends heard it...
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart and The Dream of Riches Oct. 13 2003
By Porter
Format:Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian are in many ways a complete original and walking to their own beat. If You're Feeling Sinister is their finest effort and one of the greatest albums of all time. At times silly, absurd, and sad but always gentle and funny. The Stars of Track and Field start it off with Stuart Murdoch's sweet gentle voice singing his stories of youth. Seeing Other People begins in a wonderful beat of something straight off Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and tells stories of young lust with an always present tongue in cheek mantality. Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying sounds sad but is one of the most upbeat tracks on the album and the highlight. The title track is grand and The Boy Done Wrong Again weeps in agony in the words "All I wanted was to sing the saddest songs" and this could be one of them. The album always has a certain cool quality in a dorky kind of way but it never grows old and showcases the Scottish band's talent. As they say in Get Me Away, "Play me a song to set me free / Nobody writes them like they used to / So it may as well be me." Thanks B&S.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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 more
Published on April 2 2007 by J. De Rocher
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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 more
Published on July 5 2004 by Evan McDermott
3.0 out of 5 stars Donovan from the 60's
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 more
Published on July 2 2004 by Pazz
1.0 out of 5 stars nay
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
Published on May 25 2004 by Shady Ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars What the hell does twee mean anyway?
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 more
Published on April 14 2004 by Sarah Shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars No BS from B&S
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 more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Dan Tobin
1.0 out of 5 stars The truth hurts indie snobs...
.....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 more
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by D. Amadio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh as the colors on a butterfly's wing
This is probably my favourite album. It's funny because it's the only B&S album I've heard but I can confidently say this album alone merits them as one of the greatest bands... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by windwindteartear
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