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If You're Feeling Sinister

Belle & Sebastian

1996

If You're Feeling Sinister

Album Summary

If You're Feeling Sinister is the second album by Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian. It was released in 1996 on Jeepster Records in the United Kingdom and in 1997 by Matador Records in the United States. It is often ranked among the best albums of the nineties. Band leader Stuart Murdoch has stated the album is probably his best collection of songs. In 2005, Belle and Sebastian released a live version, If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican.

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Rating

3.2

Votes

5305

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

The first blind listen for me. I've heard the name, but never any music from Belle & Sebastian. A little research has informed me that this band contains neither a Belle nor a Sebastian. Instead, it was formed by two Scottish guys named Stuart. False advertisement aside, this is a decent project. It opens strong, then settles into an even keel that mostly faded into the background for me. On that note, it would probably be a great "staring out the window on a roadtrip" album. I think I've heard the title track before, but I can't remember where. I will give credit for the production because all the instruments sound so crisp and clear. But even when the instrumentation picked up on certain songs (like Mayfly!), the vocals remained subdued and almost comatose. They finally pick up a bit in the closing track, but too little too late. I'm sure this is one of those albums that I would've appreciated more when it was released, but 25 years later, there have been plenty of other artists and bands with more engaging work in the alternative/indie spheres. It's alright, and it certainly sounds nice, but I didn't get much out of it. Maybe I'm not feeling sinister enough. Favorite tracks: The Stars of Track and Field, If You're Feeling Sinister, Mayfly. Album cover: a woman who seems to be pondering Kafka's novel about bureaucratic pitfalls and hijinks. I like the picture, but I don't think I can deduce the significance. Does The Trial actually relate to the album? Who knows. And again, seeing a woman on the cover reminds me that this is a band of Stuarts, and we did not get any vocals from the eponymous Belle (who for legal purposes does not exist). 3/5

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Another classic indie record, I'm sure it's bound to be misunderstood. Not nearly as twee as its reputation might sometimes suggest, the songwriting is robust and clever, the playing dynamic enough that the soft sections are as impactful as the loud parts. A record seemingly unconcerned with appearing cool or having a hit single, it's 10 great, confident songs - makes for a successful record.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant, and one of my favourite indie rock albums of the 1990's. Just a few minutes into the album's fantastic opener, 'The Stars of Track & Field', you know you're in for something special. The rich, engaging lyrics, the gentle acoustic guitar tracks, the surprising but perfectly placed trumpet solo, and the extended crescendo to close out - so good, and yet the album is only getting started. Every song on here is skillfully composed and so enjoyable.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

I had so many friends who were into this back in the day. I didn't get it then and I don't get it now. Proto-emo, cutsie-tootsie, shoegaze bullshit. The only reason this got 2 stars is because the production quality is excellent.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

I really love this album. It has a warm, indie feel that creates a peaceful and whimsical atmosphere. The melodies are beautiful, reminiscent of Nick Drake, but with a surprisingly modern feeling. The vocal delivery is smooth and satisfying, the lyrics are fun and interesting, the musical performance is breath-taking. Before today, I haven't even heard of this band, but now I am definitely going to be going back to this album. These songs have such satisfying progression, it honestly gave me goosebumps. As far as new albums go, this is my favorite I've heard in a long time. Favorite track: If you're feeling sinister Least Favorite track: Mayfly

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Amazing! Never even heard of the artist before, this was such a nice surprise. Real nice to chill to.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

I got a lot of a lot of Nick Drake vibes from this one. I can also see how they influenced the diy indie scene as well. Very well written and unusual songs with a thoughtful arrangement and instrumentation

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Their second album is where the group hit their stride. Great lyrics and perfect instrumentation. Indie rock at it's best. Best Tracks: Seeing Other People; Me and the Major; Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying;

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

On sent vraiment toute l'influence de la pop de chambre sur cet album, notamment le moment ou Belle s'installe confortablement dans son lit, posant delicatement sa tête sur son oreiller pendant que Sebastian colle des posters de ses boys band favoris sur les murs.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

mellow and pretty

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Imagine my surprise when I learned Belle & Sebastian was not a duo consisting of Belle and Sebastian. Great album. Really reminiscent of that early indie sound like Neutral Milk Hotel (but less weird). Really solid album. Saved this one for a rainy day and happy I did.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Un très joli album qui raconte l'histoire de Sébastien, un enfant solitaire et d'un chien sauvage. Il l'apprivoise et lui donne le nom Belle. Ensemble, ils essaient de déjouer un plan nazi pour capturer des résistants français.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Mediocre at best

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

If this was anymore middle of the road there'd be white lines down the middle of the album. Having said that, the storytelling is decent and the melodies are occasionally quite catchy. The full orchestra adds something and makes it a little less boring. His voice is shit though and that has always annoyed me. Hipstery friends can never understand why I don't like these. Its because they are fundamentally dull. 2/5

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Fri May 07 2021
2

I've never listened to a Belle & Sebastian album before and this was exactly what I expected it to sound like. A couple of good songs but nothing to get the ears twitching. My big take away was wondering if the boy who done wrong again was the same boy who had the Arab strap.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
2

I farted on this LP

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Thu Feb 25 2021
1

Basic and boring. Didn’t even realise I had it on until it finished. 1/5

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Wed Sep 02 2020
5

Liked this track https://youtu.be/5-aB4wtWiYI also good front. Solid

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

<3

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

too ez

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Just another complete classic, I love this band.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

I just really feel like this album excels in so many categories: lyrics, composition, big time mood.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Einige äußerst schöne Geschichten und Figuren. Einiger der traurigeren Schicksale klingen sehr nach meiner immer noch nachhallenden Depressionsphase. Es fühlt sich wieder gut an, leider.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Kinda slaps. Sad vibes

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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

I loved this

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

First off, it was only a couple of days ago that I discovered a song from this album and I liked it so could it be fate that this album has been brought to me for today? Who knows, but I really, really enjoyed this album. I liked how the songs were indie pop, but at times had elements of folk-rock too. My favourites from this album are The Stars of Track & Field, Seeing Other People, Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying, If You're Feeling Sinister and Mayfly. 5/5 stars.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Favoriete nummers: - The stars of track & field

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

I have a lot to say about this album but am very tired. Belle and Sebastian are fucking wonderful and revisiting this one was a delight, I absolutely love the production on the songs, the piano and violin instrumentals on the tracks were wonderful. also his voice is five stars alone

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Banger. Great production and progression, melodies and lyrics are super nice. The Scottish Neutral Milk Hotel but with Chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Still a classic

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Been a fan of Belle and Sebastian, this is their best.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Gentle, melodic, indie pleasantry. this and Boy with the Arab Strap are perfectly created indie masterpieces

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Nice and mellow, easy listening

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Wow, this is so in my wheelhouse I'm surprised this album wasn't ever reccomended to me. I think I ended up putting half the songs on a playlist

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

Great listen again.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

I knew from the first song this was gonna be an album I’d fall in love with I usually don’t call myself an indie fan but there’s this specific kind of indie I’m obsessed with. Neutral Milk Hotel, The Antlers, etc. these bands that have these beautiful, instrumentally diverse, melodic, but lyrically melancholic pieces that I could listen to for hours if you’re gonna listen to this album, I strongly recommend you read along the lyrics, it really adds to the beauty and atmosphere this is one of those albums too good to rate, a 10/10 just doesn’t feel good enough but yes, I really love this specific kind of sound that reminds me of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea or In the Attic of the Universe (both those albums are also too amazing to rate) just, I can’t even put into words how amazing of an experience it was for me to listen to this please check this amazing art out now i’m gonna go check out Tigermilk

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Superb. just fantastic all round

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Despite this probably not being my fave Belle and Sebastian, I love them so much this has to be a 5. You simply can't have a bad time listening to this. Such. Good. Vibes.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Best Song: Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying. I love anything that places dark and melancholy meaning within an upbeat presentation. Worst Song: Like Dylan In The Movies. Not a bad song, just the least interesting lyrically of an otherwise excellent album. Overall: Fantastic. Exactly my type of muted, lyrically poignant songwriting.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

An indie classic! Favorites: Get Me Away, I'm Dying; If You're Feeling Sinister

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Lovely.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

"Sad bastard music" as Jack Black's character from High Fidelity called it, Belle and Sebastian will always hold a special place in my heart for being gentle enough to be genuinely touching without succumbing to excessive melodrama

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

cet album et moi étions sur la même vibration spirituelle au moment précis où je l'ai écouté je pense

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Love love love it. Simply beautiful

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Finally something really nice. The person who wrote this list knows nothing about music, toooooo American, for sure this person has no idea of music in other countries and regions. Only one culture vision, boring.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

In my first year after graduating, I arrived at an aimless place in life where everything I’d thought mattered suddenly didn’t. I discovered Belle and Sebastian’s music, and it immediately struck several chords. Their music is brimming with intricate and heartfelt storylines of disaffected youths, either washed up rebels or sensitive would-be- intellectuals gingerly looking for their real place in the world. “If You’re Feeling Sinister” captures this mixture of lethargy and pain in a seamless set of snapshots. Outsiders who endlessly travel on busses, fumble around with a string of lovers, are obsessed with S&M and bible-studies, and dream of horses. Lyrically, it’s photorealistic to the point you can hear Glasgow’s rain and fog spreading over each track. And the music? Absolutely beautiful. It’s commonly known as “twee pop”, which has always suggested a bit of a snobby, dismissive attitude to me. All it really means is there’s a constant focus on melody, delicately expressed by Stuart Murdoch’s featherweight vocals. There are occasional instrumental flourishes, all gently and perfectly befitting the world the songs and their characters inhabit (Trumpets! Harmonica! Glockenspiel! Recorders!) But really, the arrangements are light and gimmick-free enough to not pull too much attention away from the lyrics and melody. “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying” is the wry, yet catchy, yet gloomy, yet buoyant core of the album, spanning several moods over its singalong refrain. But every other track here is gold, whatever mood it falls under. Some are upbeat but unravel in pages and pages of scattered poetry, like “Mayfly”, “Seeing Other People” and “Me and the Major”. Some express forlorn sympathy mingled with more than a little hope, like “The Boy Done Wrong Again” and “Fox in the Snow”. Finally, we have the bittersweet sense of triumph building majestically across “Judy and the Dream of Horses”, my all time favourite by the band. Life after graduation got much better, by the way. Learning Stuart Murdoch had struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome for many years put things firmly in perspective.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Música pop perfecta en el seu plantejament i resultat. Rara avis en el panorama dels '90, res a veure amb el brit pop o l'escena rave de l'época, van sorgir com tot un misteri, que envoltava les seves portades i imatge i continuava en uns temes de pop d'orfebreria, diferents a tota la resta, bevent d'influències pretèrites però amb una originalitat molt especial. Tenen una sèrie de discos genials, però aquest primer (o segon, si comptem 'Tigermilk') és segurament el millor. Et fa sentir còmode i feliç, estiguis en l'estat d'ànim que estiguis. De molt pocs discos es pot dir quelcom així

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Tue May 03 2022
5

I was a teenage tweenager. I got fully obsessed with Belle and Sebastian. Used to hang out on early web forums dedicated to them and carve their lyrics into desks. So this is not an unbiased review. It was a joy to listen back to it. The sly wit, the aching heartbreak, the ridiculously long and unresolving chord progressions. Just one of the best bands ever. Fun and moving and charming.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Belle & Sebastian just don't miss. A superb little album that is cozy as hell. Good for your rainy day needs. Or for any day really.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

This is another high school classic for me. It’s a great listen straight through, the only weak point is “The Boy done wrong again” but in the context of the album it works.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

An amazingly good album. The simple, memorable, absolutely gorgeous melodies. The sweet, soulful vocals, the poetic lyrics, the perfect tasteful arrangements. Every song is a winner. A beautiful 5 🌟 album.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Кайфарик

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

First impressions from looking at the tracklist is that all the songs have oddly long titles. After listening to it it's awesome. Five stars. Perfect. Light vocals, lots of intentional reputation and an interesting song structure that seems to melt as the song goes along. Couple saxophone solos that rip and a good guitar solo on one track.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Major fall vibes on this one. A lot cool things going on the background like little harmonicas , touches of keys, a guitar popping in and out and splashes of horns.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

I was not familiar with this album before today though I have listened to newer Belle & Sebastian albums a lot. I don't think this is their best material but if this is the record named in the book then we'll just go with it. 5 stars for the album because it is representing an amazing band.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Absolute vibe.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

An album that gets better and better the more you listen - it takes a few passes to truly appreciate the wit and turns of phrase in the lyrics and the richness of the musical compositions. Consistent all the way through and each member has their moments of creativity and expression, all held together with Stuart M's strong songwriting. I didn't think this was my favorite Belle & Sebastian record, but after this listen I think I've changed my mind and awarded it a rightful place at the top of the list.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album's sound and tone. I liked every single song on the album. I also like the singer's voice quite a bit, but I could understand why others might not. My favourite songs were probably Me and the Major and The Stars of Track and Field.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Hell yeah

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Quite chill. Enjoyed it.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

This is my first listen of this album & likely the first time I’ve taken notice of this band. And I just have to ask….who has hidden them from me for my whole life??? I love their sound and am loving this album.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

A twee masterpiece. One of their best!

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Comfort album

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Winsome 90s indie done beutifully

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

So great

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Fantastic album that I'd never listened to before

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

No es mi favorito, pero ....5.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

I love this album and used to listen to it a ton, and it's great to revisit. Almost flawless.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

Good night album. Solid all around

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Really relaxing and easy to listen to. Great album for background music to chill.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

nice

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

I'm getting more lazy with listening to these and with my reviews but I really enjoyed this album and 100% would listen to this again. Maybe this weekend in the sun.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Fun

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Really like this album, although I may be a little biased as they are local to me. Nothing ground-breaking musically, but a beautiful collection of ear-pleasing songs. Only slight let down are the recorders on 'Judy and the Dream of Horses' - nobody needs that.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Lovely

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

good album, i like them a lot, not a 5 but a good 4

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Liked!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

blale e seblastian

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

I had only heard Bell & Seb in passing, so this full-album-listen was a first for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it led me to The Boy With The Arab Strap.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

This has been one of the more promising albums I've heard so far. I think it's a bit mellow for morning listenings while working but I will come back to this.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

I was feeling canhoto. Gostei das letras, se eu tivesse sido emo na adolescência daria 5.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

The hipstersauce my ears crave. Too many kids screaming in the background. Coupla bangers, like don't look back like dylan and title track.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

I went through a Belle and Sebastian stage in med school. I’ll let you know when I finish it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pleasant. Liked the last song

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

good one

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Indie. Muy bueno.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

I guess I was feeling sinister...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I'm going to keep this short, this is my type of album. Very moody and melancholic and reminds me a lot of Vashti Bunyan, which is probably why I like it so much. But mainly the melodies on this album are perfect. They're calm, soothing, and make you feel like you should hop on your bike and ride around the neighborhood waving at random people. I am a little confused though, who's Belle and who's Sebastian! *57 lauging crying emojis*!!!

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Great alternative music, creative songwriting. A groove

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Not my favorite B&S but it's good.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Liked it. Singer-songwriter acoustic vibe. Trumpet on some songs was a nice touch.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Tender and light, these songs are wonderful listens. Carried mostly by the thoughtful songwriting and Stuart Murdoch's soft vocal deliveries, this album is sinister in intent only. Sneaking out at night to meet a friend or a lover, having harmless fun under a full moon, and eventually parting with bittersweet feelings. It's a nice album :)

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

I often go to the park alone at night and eat Quavers whilst masturbating and watching the ducks swimming in the pond. I've never been caught. I honestly believe there's nothing wrong with it and the little show off ducks enjoy the attention. So, what are you going to do about it?

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

It's good but I know it already!

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Can't believe this album was produced a quarter of a century ago. If I had to pick one word to describe Belle & Sebastian it would have to be "precious". There's just such a preciousness about them that would generally lead me to write them off. But I've always liked them and "stars of track and field" was my first exposure either sometime late high school or early college.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Leuke ontdekking.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Love it.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Sinister plays like a great forgotten album, couched in '80s indie, '90s attitude, and '60s folk-pop. It's beautifully out of time, and even if other Belle & Sebastian albums sound like it, this is where they achieved a sense of grace.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Muy divertido

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Thu May 13 2021
4

chillig

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Mellow singer-songwriter album with some fun ideas.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Nice chill music

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Indie pop? Yes Please slightly more on the folky-ish side compared to other indie pop

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Had this on repeat all day! Loved the lyrics and indie pop sensibilities. Definitely heavily influenced the following decades of indie music.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

I love this album! lets see how it holds up.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Pretty good. Fell into the background a bit, but enjoyable.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Showing off their prowess for sweet, bedroom/chamber pop Belle & Sebastian have one of their strongest albums in "If You're Feeling Sinister". Lyrically, the songs go from sweet, innocent stories to the melancholy with deftness and aplomb. While not as produced as future records, this album puts the focus squarely on the music and ambience.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Belle And Sebastian And Donovan 3.5

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Tres bon album bien realise. A reecouter avec Marie. :) 4

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Indie animado. No está mal...

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

A band that should have been part of my youth, luckily I discovered them later in life and love them, first time I have ever listened to an album of theirs from start to finish and what a great one.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

good album...not distinctive to me, but solid folk sound.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

My first introduction to Belle & Sebastian was when Jack Black came into my record shop in Chicago singing "Jacob's Ladder" from Rush's Permanent Waves (which would be an automatic 5 stars stop the presses if it were in this top-1001 list which it damn well should be holy hell who put this list together anyways) and in mid-Lifeson-solo he stopped and asked me, and I quote, "holy shiite - what the fuck is that?" and I told him it's the new B... crap, no, that wasn't me. But still, that really was my first exposure to this old sad-bastard music and maybe I wasn't (yet?) an old sad bastard so I didn't hear them again for years. First off, let's put out there that Stuart Murdoch's vocals are tough. I'm not saying bad, I repeat: tough. My formative years were cut on either screechy, loud, or faux-macho (or sometimes all three) LEAD SINGERS, not the introverted sort that are what B&S is almost exclusively about. Now that's exactly what took me a long time to "get" and then - yes - like this group. They are introverted. They're introspective. And the music itself is kindasorta perfect for his voice. Or it may be the other way around. I just had a funny thought of David Lee Roth being tasked with singing for this band. I suspect these songs would sound pretty much exactly the same live in your living room, if any such weird occurrence like the band showing up at your house happened. The sound is small, dry, tight, and filled with haunting major 7ths and minor chords, all with a bit of polite emo vocals over and in-between it all. I love the melodies and although it's a stretch to call any of it exciting, it really sticks with you and upon repeat listens gets better and better. This album fits and is a particular mood and setting. That setting is kinda up to you but I'm thinking Saturday morning pouring rain, drinking coffee - just staring out a window somewhere in the Scottish Highlands. I would go for that right now in a second. Keeper. 7/10 4 stars

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Love Belle and Sebastian's quirky very Scottish take on pop, their lyrics are outstanding poetry. "Words are Mightier than the sword and I could Kill you but with these words I would just make you cry!" lovely stuff. Favourite Track: Judy And The Dream Of Horses!

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Nice, interesting melodies

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Although I like this album a lot, and it's touted as being B&S's finest moment, its just not as good as Tigermilk (which is up there in my top five all time favourite albums) or The Boy With the Arab Strap. Fox in the Snow is beautiful. I love this band so much.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Mislim da mi je to njihov najbolji. Ima taman jedan dio albuma gdje su 3-4 pjesme odlične, inače šteta šta nije općenito cijeli album takav, glas me zna baciti na stranu, ali opet...mislim da ne bi toliko trebalo utjecati na rejting.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Die lakonische Poesie, die gute Beobachtung, die Milde und natürlich der Witz - all das fließt mir hier mit dieser vermeintlichen Leichtigkeit entgegen: Was für eine wunderschöne Platte! Stimme in allem überein und gebe fast nur deshalb nicht schon wieder 5 Punkte weil ich das beim letzten Mal (für die Tigermilk) schon getan habe. Bescheuerter Grund, aber die Alltagsweisen aus Glasgow würden mir verzeihen. Diesmal neu entdeckt: Stuart Murdoch klingt streckenweise wie eine lispelnde Nico. Toll!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Ist wirklich erstaunlich, welch gutes Songwriting die Schotten draufhaben; hab mich etwas an der allzu seichten & over-wimpy Art überhört, auch das schweineorgelige der verhallten Retro-Gitarren, das ich einst so klasse fand, find ich ein wenig dünn, ausgewaschen, wie ein Lieblings T-Shirt, zu welchem man aber dennoch immer wieder gerne greift und einen Snoopy Tanz zu den melancholischen Peanuts-Piano Klängen hinlegt. forever 4.2

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Really good! Gotta listen again.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

A very gentle indie classic

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Ömmmm bbabger?!

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

I'm beginning to realise that Belle and Sebastian aren't quite as twee as I first thought. I liked this, but I get the feeling there are better B&S albums.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

This is the second recommendation for Belle and Sebastian from this list and at least the fourth of fifth album I've listened to as a whole from the band. I like the band in general. My introduction to the band was later in their carreer. The tracks on this album are easily identifiable as connected to the band I came to know. "Like Dylan in the Movies", "Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying", and "The Boy Done Wrong Again" were the tracks that stood out to me the most. This album gets 3.5 stars from me (rounding up to 4).

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

It's lovely. I appreciate the unfettered authenticity and wistfulness. The melodramatic "Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying" is a song that will always have a special place in my heart.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Elska þetta band. Fannst gríðarlega gaman að fara aftur í menntó og slaka á í sófanum. Frábær plata!

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

I like it a lot. Great album. 4 So close to a 5, "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying" with "If You're Feeling Sinister" is so good!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

The soft timbre of the vocals gave the whole album a more personal feel. 7/10

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

i wish i could give this a higher score but for me the vocals really detracted in a lot of places, the performance just sounds kind of phoned in. however, this is otherwise a great indie album that I could definitely see myself listening to again. I loved Like Dylan in the Movies. 7/10

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Ha sido una experiencia complejo oír este disco en este momento. A pesar del ritmo de las canciones cuentan cosas tristes o muy tristes. Y sin embargo es un gran disco que merece la pena ser oído y pensar en esos años 90. Desde "The stars of track & field", "Me and the Major", "Like Dylan in the movies", "The fox in the snow" una de mis favoritas y "If you're feeling sinister".

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Who are these people? Never even heard of this band. But, wow. Great stuff. My least favorite song was the first and I thought this was going to be a slog but after that it's nothing but slaps all the way through. Government funded art, I like it in this instance! Would definitely recommend

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Feels like The Kinks on speed. Probably a 4.5

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

ah, eu gostei. acho que vou procurar sobre os outros trabalhos, fiquei instigada. não sei pq mas a primeira música me lembrou bastante do sufjan stevens KKKK

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Coolos.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Great vibes again, but no standouts to push it to 5 on this one.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

A solid step up from their debut. It doesn’t always have the most interesting arrangement, but the songwriting is nice and tight, and the melodies are such crazy ear worms.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Nice, chill stuff, fun lyrics

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Mjög kósí, tilvalin á viðburðarlitlum mánudagsmorgni.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Beautifully produced indy pop with interesting lyrics

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I loved this one! Such witty writing.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Don't know much about B&S except they seem a bit fey and bedwetting. However I quite like this...I did a bit of a Google and its considered their masterpiece....will try again with others. I like the different textures of the melody lines and the tunes are well hummable. Success. 3.5 but I'm gonna give it a 4. (Played it again. Still good. Still a 4)

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Really enjoyed this one.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

4/5

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Sat May 21 2022
4

It's good, but as I put in the Tiger Milk comment: this is a band that I like but I really have to be in the mood for. I can't just listen to this on a whim.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

One of their very best.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

This is the second Belle & Sebastian album I’ve rated as a part of the 1001 albums. This really good (much better than the other) and I may have to go back and listen to all of their albums now.

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Tue May 31 2022
4

To chyba dobry czas na przerwe, bo kolejny jakosciowy pick, a jakos nie jestem w stanie wykrzesac nic na jego temat, if you're feeling sinister jest drugim albumem w dyskografii szkockiej bandy Belle and Sebastian z 1996, wiki okresla plyte jako indyjski pop, ale wydaje mi sie bardziej adekwatne okreslenie indyjskiego rokowania w tym przypadku, bo jesli wokale sa dosc popowe, to jednak kontent liryczny jest zbyt ambitny jak na muzyke popularna, tak samo ma sie sprawa aranzacji instrumentalnych ktore mozna osluchac na tym albumie, ciekawe blendy grania akustycznego i elektryka, podane w ciekawych proporcjach, co najlepiej slychac na like dylan in the movies, swietne wymiany pomiedzy gitara elektryczna a akustyczna, z dodatkiem smyczkow i klawiszy, zwienczone dzwiekami cymbalkowymi, a to wszystko na dynamicznym cztero minutowym traku, wiec jednak zamykajacym sie w standardzie popowym, bande tworzylo w czasie nagrania 8 osob, glownym wokalem i teksciarzem byl pan Stuart Murdoch, ktory klika rowniez w klawisze i szarpie gitarke, mam dziwne uczucie, ze jest to praca jednej osoby, az tak charyzmatycznie i imtymnie brzmia niektore z tekstow, wiec moze to jeden z pozytywnych dyktatorow bandowych, dodatkowo obdazony glosem zblizonym do Nicka Drake, nie wiem to z powodu barwy, czy tez same teksty jakos niosa w sobie odrobine glebokiego smutku ktore sa tak tozsame z Drakiem, ale jednak nie penetrujace tak gleboko, co do plejkowych pickow, to dodam openingowego the stars of the track & field i najbardziej osluchany utwor z tego 41 minutowego materialu wedlug spotifaja, czyli get me away from here, im dying, nadal nie jestem przekonany do tagu popowego ktory przylegl do tego albumu, ale slucha sie go jednoczesnie latwo, ale zaden z 10 trakow nie wydaje sie byc tutaj wcisniety na sile, a plyta potrafi zaskoczyc z piosenki na piosenke, wiec dobra odmiana od salsowatych rytmow dnia wczorajszego i idealny pick na wieczor w nowej celi, przez co pewnie na dluzej zapadnie mi calosc w pamiec

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

This one took a while to grow on me but I really like it.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Another collection of wonderful songs for sad boys.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Their best, the strength of the tunes overcoming familiar weaknesses.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

1st July 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home on Adam’s last day! Then got the train in to the office and went to see LCD Soundsytem in Brixton with woody, Ben and Nilisha. Love this classic indie album. Reminds me of being in Edinburgh and will vickers.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Really lovely, nice to listen to. Has a bedroom vibe to it. Could do with a little more textural variation maybe?

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Unique album I’ve never heard before. Reminded me of an indie 90s smiths

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

One of my favorite 60's folk rock songs released by a 90's indie band. Clearly derivative, but so well done it doesn't really matter to me. A sweet, warm listening experience. I don't love the production, and find the live release of these songs on If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican a better choice.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Not my style, rather monotonous vocal, simple melodies and lyric heavy. Despite all of that, I really enjoyed this album and it was a pleasure to listen to. It was one of the most cheerful records so far on this list (if not the only one) and somehow it got stuck in my memory despite being completely different from what I usually listen to. Never heard of Belle & Sebastian before, now it is the first band on this list that I will consider buying a cd/vinyl.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Good for hanging out on the couch.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Sweet tunes. but not sickly sweet.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Great Album! Reminds me of college and walking around campus and listening on my old brick ipod I had. I've heard a few songs from this album before, but having only listened to Life Pursuit from them, this was a little lighter but I liked it better maybe... Songs to Add to Library Seeing Other People Like Dylan in the Movies Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

I'm in touch with my gentle sensitive side and can appreciate this.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Cool, mellow, and cutesy indie rock. Solid.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Fey, but consistently brilliant. So close to getting 5 stars

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

listened to again delightfully warm and comfortable

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

I've never heard of them, but really liked this. My sister can't believe I've never heard this album before.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

I thought they were a contemporary indie band. I had no idea they had albums this far back. It was pretty good.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Wow. Much British.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Great acoustic. Singer songwriter album. Me and the major has an upbeat tempo. Lots of good tracks to listen to.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Big fan 💕💕

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Listened to at some point 4/5 Favorite song: get me away from here, I’m dying Wonderful indie vibes and super easy to listen to

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

This is a wonderful album. I was right on this the minute it left Glasgow way back and once upon a time. There were other albums made, but this was the one that got me. Dylan in the Movies is the one I loved most. We were listening to it at the deluxe parties at the house on Park Street. You can't say it rocked, but it was different and alluring and it was luxurious to see all those drop dead gorgeous women vibing to it. Wish I could go back to one of those parties and hear it all again, once more, for the very first time.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

I don’t have much to say about this album but I liked it. Felt like a more modern version of nick drake.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Very cozy to listen to

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Indie animado. No está mal...

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

File under "a decade or two ahead of its time". This sounds like the kind of stuff I listened to in college in the late 2000s. Definitely an early entry in the lo fi indy folkie genre that became so prevalent ten years later. I liked it!

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Forgot how much I enjoy these guys and probably enjoy them more now at a slightly older age than when I first heard them. Solid 4.5

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

The funny thing about digging into B&S at this point in life is the songs kind of lose the element of surprise, because it sounds similar to a ton of more modern bands that I've been listening to for a decade (Decemberists, Shins, Death Cab, etc). But I have to remind myself that these groups built their sound off of the blueprint B&S laid out well before. The songs here are fantastic: some of the tightest songwriting and performance are consistent throughout the entire record. Tracks will feature little details and flourishes that keep things lively, like the clips of children playing in the title track or the light keyboards and sax in the following track "Mayfly." It's an album that sounds as effortless as a breeze, as if they came into being as they were being performed.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

I didn’t think I was going to like this album when I started it, but after it picked up a minute in I started to enjoy it. It reminds of Simon and Garfunkel type music and I’d probably enjoy this again when I’m in that sort of mood

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

More B&S Niceness

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

A bit twee and weedy, but nice tunes.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
3

Sweet, inoffensive stuff. Background music at best. But good background music

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

A little too chill for me but good music regardless

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

This is all a bit twee for me, though I understand the appeal. Best track: The Stars of Track & Field

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

too slow for me

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Good folk album, but probably won't listen again

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Voice reminds me of Matt Costa a bit Fox in the snow was nice and there's some big sax in Mayfly

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Sun May 02 2021
3

Not a well known band in the Netherlands. There albums only stayed in the album top100 for 1 or 2 weeks. It was pleasant to listen to.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

It was fine - nothing really stood out to me, except maybe Judy And The Dream Of Horses

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

pretty ordinary, lacking lyrical imagination and musical inspiration

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Not bad

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

Smooth peanut butter

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Alright. Not my cup log tea

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Not my cup of tea but it was still a vibe

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Not my style - a little to much of a sarcastic/hipster tone to the singing style. I did like some of the guitar

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Enjoyable instrumentation. Like Dylan in the Movies and the title track are most notable highlights. However vocal delivery can become quite repititive at times. But overall it's a very good listen

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

sounded sweet and sad at first, but blended together. Liked a lot of the little background touches, but honestly didn't do much for me.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

3.5 a goodun

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

3.9 + A gentle and catchy collection of songs that explore romantic complications and such. Pretty novel in its sound and songs have some unexpected chord structures and sometimes take different directions in satisfying ways.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

02/01 - Yesterday I worked on a few things in the manufacturing model before transitioning to the drum storage building. First, I worked on creating and adding the pipe guard to the model. Then I worked on moving all comments from past BBS to the 31Jan set. Lastly, I worked on moving UL details from the Apothecary model to the Train B model. I thought this album was pretty solid. Although the songs all sounds pretty much the same I really enjoyed the genre of the music and even saved a few of the songs. Seems like an album that was ahead of its time. My favorite songs were Get Me Away From Here, Im Dying and Me and the Major.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

not too bad of an album but not quite my cup of tea. could be better and its a little boring after a while

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Just didn’t do much for me. Pleasant overall. I did like “Mayfly”. One of the songs reminded me of the Smiths but I couldn’t make the effort to go back and listen again. Ok.

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