Belle & Sebastian – If You're Feeling Sinister – 11/18/ 1996 – 20 years old – What can I say other than Belle & Sebastian is one of my all time favorite bands based primarily on their first three records. I can never decide which of the three is the best but I do feel that this one has the most consistent quality. The others have greater genius moments for me but they also have a few clunkers. This one has no clunkers or off moments. Anyways, if you happen to also like them, definitely check out the documentary Pitchfork did on them. It's an absolute must see for any fan🤓
So Belle and Sebastian are an indie pop group hailing from Scotland comprised in early years of Stuart David, Isobel Campbell, Chris Geddes, Richard Colburn, Stevie Jackson, Sarah Martin, Mick Cooke and of course band leader Stuart Murdoch. The have seen critical success with albums such as Tigermilk and The Boy with the Arab Strap.
Me personally, I've heard a couple of their songs prior to listening to this album over here, such as Expectations and New York, Piazza Catcher but justifying my opinion on the band by both songs alone was ridiculous so I decided to listen to 1996's If You're Feeling Sinister.
If You're Feeling Sinister an absolute pleasure to listen to. Each and every moment is indie pop greatness. Stuart Murdoch's lyrics are playful, inventive and vivid and they added a lot to the overall album. Their basic production is truly beautiful and is an absolute joy to listen to. The albums direction is unpredictable. It throws piano sections, trumpet solos and harmonica segments at you when you least expect it and when it comes you can't help but just smile and be amazed.
Overall, If You're Feeling Sinister is fucking fantastic. The album is an essential in my eyes. If you're a fan of indie music, give this one a listen. You won't regret it.
Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister gets a 100%. FAVOURITE TRACKS:
Seeing Other People, Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying, The Stars of Track and Field, Judy and the Dream of Horses, Like Dylan in the Movies, Me and the Major, Mayfly, If You're Feeling Sinister.
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