Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Belle & Sebastian THE LIFE PURSUIT
Artist: Belle & Sebastian
Album: The Life Pursuit
Release Date: 2/7/06
Other albums I recommend: If You're Feeling Sinister; Tigermilk; Push Barman to Open Old Wounds; Dear Catastrophe Waitress; The Boy With the Arab Strap
Other albums I don't recommend: Storytelling; Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
#1 - "Act of the Apostle (Part 1)" - Wimpy start. I'm already skipping over this one. Third person voice, religious imagery and a sad girl.
#2 - "Another Sunny Day" - Much better. A very good track. Vintage B&S. First person voice, English football and infatuation with a girl with dark mascara. Download by clicking on the song title.
#3 - "White Collar Boy" - Another very good track. Second person voice. You're the white collar boy who doesn't even know what to do with a Venus.
#4 - "The Blues Are Still Blue" - This is a good track. Belle & Sebastian filtered through T. Rex. Stuart establishes characters and then sings from the persona of a part-time punk.
#5 - "Dress Up In You" - Another vintage B&S track. Melancholy tone. The narrator is a singer who has a lot of spiteful words for an ex. Then it transforms into a conversation (?) between a pop star and girl doing her nails.
#6 - "Sukie in the Graveyard" - Another very good, upbeat song. Third person voice. The subject is a tough, art school girl who doesn't take shit from anybody.
#7 - "We Are the Sleepyheads" - A decent but slight song written in the first-person voice with an unappealing arrangement.
#8 - "Song For Sunshine" - A funky beat, too high chorus and slightly cheesy lyrics. Not my favorite track.
#9 - "Funny Little Frog" - Thumbs up. A first person song about unrequited love for an unobtainable image.
#10 - "To Be Myself Completely" - The quality goes down when Stuart Murdoch doesn't sing lead.
#11 - "Act of the Apostle (Part 2)" - Still a little boring. Same subject matter but first person voice.
#12 - "For the Price of a Cup of Tea" - This track's growing on me. Provocative imagery - seven inches, line of coke, etc.
#13 - "Mornington Crescent" - A song full of regret and melancholy. Unfortunately the arrangement only solidifies that feeling.
So that's six songs that I really like, two good songs, three ok songs and two song I skip everytime. Worth buying for any Belle & Sebastian fan.