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Tigermilk Import

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  • Audio CD (July 13 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00000I9MK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
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1. The State I Am In
2. Expectations
3. She's Losing It
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

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U.S. vinyl LP pressing of the acclaimed Scottish Indie Pop/ Folk group's 1996 debut album.


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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Format: Audio CD
I adore Belle & Sebastian, but I must say that half of my favorite B&S songs are on this album and the other half are spread throughout the rest of their work. Not that I don't love every other album (with the possible exception of Storytelling), just that every single song on here is infectious, moving, funny, and stays with you a long time after you've stopped playing it. On all the other albums, I find songs that are a little too slight or meandering. But this one is 100%.
'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.
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Format: Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian's 1996 debut still sounds as fresh today as it did when it was released. If anything this proves the band to have been talented beyond their years when they recorded this, and shows that a timeless classic is a timeless classic, no matter whose bathroom it was recorded in...While often accused of being one-dimensional, the strength of this record lies in its diversity. Huge ranges in tempo, style and sound pervade this album, which in all its lo-fi glory is remarkably short.
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!!
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Format: Audio CD
Ok, so I already had "Fold you hands..." and "Arab Strap" when I bought this album, and was fairly impressed with the band already. Then, I bought this one, and my world was changed. Well, not really, but the songwriting did blow me away. Now, monthes later, I still regard it as the best album I own.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
And thank god I was let on to this group by a girl named Stacy in my college. She recommended them to me when I told her I liked Blur. I bought this, listened to it once, put it away for a year, and then decided to listen to it on a whim. It has totally changed my life, and now that she has graduated, I can't thank her and tell her how much I adore this music (and that's partially why I am writing this review).
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.
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Format: Audio CD
If you are like me, then music holds a special place in your heart. Probably, just above doughnuts and right below a back scratch. To this end, a tune's lyricalness, if you will, tends to evoke certain emotional responses within all of us. I.E., some Zeppelin to get you up for a work out or, how about a little Vavaldi to calm the nerves. I'd wager that all of you have particular musicians or songs that tweak each mood spot (And I do mean all of them).
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?
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