Photography by Camila Veriyeva…
Well looky looky here! We got ourselves a brand spankin’ new Belle & Sebastian album? Now, I’m not part of their community of fans and I don’t really follow music news all that much — whatever happened to that TV on the Radio band that ruled the indie-pitchfork-blog-world not to long ago?? — but I could’ve sworn these guys broke up or something?
(Ir)regardless, here we are in sunny 2010 and Belle & Sebastian are writing about lurrrrrrrrrrrve……..
I like B&S. Never been my favourite band of this “genre”, though ask me to name another band in the zone besides Camera Obscura and I’d probably fumble. To me, it always sounded like a hybrid of The Smiths with the happier-poppier side of REM and yeah, that’s a good thing.
Pretty much every song is chock full of energy & uber-pop goodness that has a big toe & two pinkies dipped in to the world of 8mm films and tape recorders that look more like this…
Than like this…
That is to say, it’s pretty sweet.
The only odd duck is “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John”, it’s a nice song, but seems to stick out like a sore thumb. Looking over at my iPod, it seems as though Nora Jones is the voice I’m hearing. Again, it’s nice, but just sounds like some retro-duet that probably would’ve sounded better on a Jones album than the B&S LP.
But still…. wonderful little album and a pretty sweet way to wrap up this week! 4 wheelies!!!
I Didn’t See It Coming
Come On Sister
I Want The World To Stop
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John
Write About Love
I’m Not Living In The Real World
Ghost of Rockschool
Read The Blessed Pages
I Can See Your Future
Sunday’s Pretty Icons