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I'm Waking Up to Us Maxi, Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 27 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi, Import
  • Label: Fusion
  • ASIN: B00005OM55
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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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

Product Description

Their Second EP of 2001. The Title Track was Produced by Mike Hurst (Pet Clark's "Downtown").

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I've been in love with this band since late 1997, when I was bowled over by "..Sinister." 4 years later, I'm still very much an ardent supporter of the band, but the 'head over heels' bit has faded. It's not that the magic and charm they so effortlessly weave has in anyway diminished. In fact, they've consistently put out the best chamber pop albums every year. It's just that more recent offerings have been somewhat mixed. "Legal Man" and "Jonathan David," while worthy and good, failed to capture the full talent of the band as previous releases had. There was also much division in the ranks over the quality of "Fold Your Hands Child..".. but after repeated listens, I think most will agree that 90% of the album grows on ya and stays with you as the other albums have. That said, I'm happy to report that this ep is solid gold. I loved it upon first listen, which hasn't happened with the last few B&S releases.. and I have to say it's good to be filled with an excitement for them again. "I'm Waking Up To Us" is perhaps the zenith of B&S 60's throwback sound. It's a gorgeously orchestrated and produced number that harkens back to the best days of The Byrds. "I Love My Car," with its merry accompaniment from The Uptown Shufflers, is perhaps the most fun song the band has released since "Lazy Line Painter Jane." While "Marx and Engels," the beautiful and quiet closer, slips comfortably under the heart, and takes up residence there for a good long while. The quick bit of piano that finishes the e.p. is a perfect example of the simple yet profound pleasures this band is capable of.
A must have? Most definitely.
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How can I say how much I love this band? But...I find I always approach their new work with trepidation, what if it's not good enough, not Belle & Sebastian enough?
Thankfully this hasn't happened yet, and with this new release I can still rest easy in my bed, for it is as good as any of their stuff, if not on a par with 'If you're feeling Sinister' songs.
The first track, 'I'm waking up to us' has the feel of a classic motown song from the 60's, always a winner..
'I love my Car' is Belle & Sebastian at their most playful, it sounds like they've roped in a Dixie band for the climax, which, in my opinion cannot be bad!
The last track'Marx & Engels' is a slowey, thoughtful number..excellent tune and lyrics, as always...and that goes for the whole EP! Will not disappoint old fans, and a great start for any who want to be introduced to the glittery world of Belle & Sebastian
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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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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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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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