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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

3.19

Votes

4250

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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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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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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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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5

mellow and pretty

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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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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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2

Mediocre at best

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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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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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I farted on this LP

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

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5

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

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5

<3

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5

too ez

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5

Just another complete classic, I love this band.

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5

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

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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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5

Kinda slaps. Sad vibes

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5

I loved this

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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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5

Favoriete nummers: - The stars of track & field

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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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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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5

Still a classic

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Nice and mellow, easy listening

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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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5

Great listen again.

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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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5

Superb. just fantastic all round

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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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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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5

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

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5

Lovely.

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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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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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5

Love love love it. Simply beautiful

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

Кайфарик

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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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4

Good night album. Solid all around

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4

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

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4

nice

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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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4

Fun

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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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4

Lovely

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4

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

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4

Liked!

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4

blale e seblastian

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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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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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4

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

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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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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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4

Pleasant. Liked the last song

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4

good one

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4

Indie. Muy bueno.

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4

I guess I was feeling sinister...

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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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4

Great alternative music, creative songwriting. A groove

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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

It's good but I know it already!

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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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4

Leuke ontdekking.

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4

Love it.

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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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4

Muy divertido

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4

chillig

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4

Mellow singer-songwriter album with some fun ideas.

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4

Nice chill music

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4

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

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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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4

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

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4

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

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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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4

Belle And Sebastian And Donovan 3.5

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4

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

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4

Indie animado. No está mal...

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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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4

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

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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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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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4

Nice, interesting melodies

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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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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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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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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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4

Really good! Gotta listen again.

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4

A very gentle indie classic

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4

Ömmmm bbabger?!

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Feels like The Kinks on speed. Probably a 4.5

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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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4

Coolos.

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4

(ᅲ﹏ᅲ )

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4

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

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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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4

Nice, chill stuff, fun lyrics

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4

Mjög kósí, tilvalin á viðburðarlitlum mánudagsmorgni.

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4

Beautifully produced indy pop with interesting lyrics

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4

I loved this one! Such witty writing.

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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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4

Really enjoyed this one.

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4

4/5

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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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One of their very best.

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

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Another collection of wonderful songs for sad boys.

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

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

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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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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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A bit twee and weedy, but nice tunes.

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

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A little too chill for me but good music regardless

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

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too slow for me

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Good folk album, but probably won't listen again

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

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pretty ordinary, lacking lyrical imagination and musical inspiration

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Not bad

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Smooth peanut butter

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Alright. Not my cup log tea

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Not my cup of tea but it was still a vibe

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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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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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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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3.5 a goodun

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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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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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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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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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This album was unknown to me,but I am a newbie to listening to an album from start to finish. I feel it like is was popular in it’s time, the late 90’s. The musicians were amazing. From guitar to trumpet to harmonica, and piano, I was impressed. I loved every tracts beat and calming effect. I was disappointed in most of the lyrics. My favorites were Don’t Look Back like Dylan in the Movies and Judy Dreams of Horses. On the whimsical side, I wonder how many of this bands’ members are parents of a Wiggles band member? It reminds me of an album to get the Wiggles out for adults. Calming and peaceful.

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A little to soft spoken indie for me. Me and the Major was the standout.

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Pleasant

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🦀 Just songs that are on in indie movies about heartbreak and finding yourself. Maybe a guy is in love, with the quirky new girl, but you later find out he was touched by the P.E teacher when he was 6 and the quirky girl is his daughter. I might write that actually.

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Love Belle and Sebastian and their lispy British, gentle hipster anthems for the artsy set, set to upbeat major chord folk/rock/pop and talking about sad things. I find that their albums can be a combo of huge hits and huge misses, some songs blow me away, are almost perfect, others do nothing for me. This album is that album for me. A couple fives, a couple 4s, many 3s. The voice is charming, as always, the tunes mostly catchy, it’s a nice listen, however “The Boy With the Arab Strap” and especially “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” are so much better and are complete albums where almost everything is solid/catchy. Therefore, despite the few gems “Seeing Other People” and “If You’re Feeling Sinister,” this album is just mediocre.

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At some point in college I remember a google or Yahoo! search for "bands like Arcade Fire" and Belle & Sebastian came up. With that framing, I was disappointed with their gentle sound and affectless vocals, and naturally put them on the shelf forever, except for a few enjoyable spins of The Boy With The Arab Strap. After listening to this record, I don't feel like I missed anything special with them. This is the soft corner of indie that I have a knee jerk reaction against, but there's no good reason. To go pop psychology on it, I think they make me think of a side of myself I don't always welcome - overly sensitive, mild, modest - and don't need a soundtrack for. It reminds me of seeing The Mountain Goats with Matt and Nick, and leaning to Matt and saying "these guys have no spine" (which btw I regret on a few levels, but most of all for poisoning a nice show with positive energy). I was too into Queens of the Stone Age at the time, B&S's polar opposite. The irony of this review is its exactly the type of inward rumination that Belle & Sebastian would write about. In the spirit of self acceptance, this is a lovely album. Pretty tunes. Fits in some odd space between Nick Drake and Morrissey. Somehow not emoting becomes emotoing. It's light. It's a bit precious. It's forgiving. It's sunny outside. B

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Niet speciaal, maar genietbaar

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Nice calming album after the previous few. Definite closing-scene-in-a-tv-show-after-a-sad-cliffhanger vibes. Very basic instrumentation and sometimes a bit samey but good songwriting. Would put it on during a rainy Sunday morning but not much more.

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Solid - thought the lyrics were quite clever, title track was excellent. Would go nicely with a cuppa on a Sunday morning.

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nice innit. i want to do a joke about them hacking their way into the list but its here on merit over most the stuff i've had to endure.

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Just a lovely feel good album. B&S are definitely a band for a hot summers day BBQ so listening to them when it’s horrible weather elicits some mixed feelings from me. Really nice though.

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Me and the Major and Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying are probably my two favorite pieces. Feels like a pretty good late night album.

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Шотландский инди-поп-фолк. Буду изучать дальше.

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Original but not amazing.

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Ok

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I dig.

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Better than I thought it’d be. But probably won’t bother with it again.

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some songs have interesting music but does feel a bit samey

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I liked the album. Not something that I would have stumbled upon myself. Highlights: Mayfly, Like Dylan in the Movies

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Really nice album. Good lyrics and enjoyable acoustic vibe. Liked the introduction to the band too.

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I like it, chilled out album that’s easy to listen to. Like the addition of some of the brass instruments but the album doesn’t really go anywhere.

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Pleasant chamber pop from the mid 90s - carefully crafted and delicately delivered, Belle & Sebastian succeed here on creating modern pop that stands the test of time

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Ohhhhhhhh. This is what all those indie girls in college were listening to. I think I would like this more before this became a kind of manic pixie genre on to itself.

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Not my fav of theirs but some great songs

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No me gustó pero tampoco me disgustó. Tiene unas pinceladas interesantes.

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Pretty middle of the road and generic indie music. Might have been more unique when released, but now sounds pretty bog standard.

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This is the second Belle and Sebastian album that I've gotten on this list, and I enjoyed Tiger Milk a lot better. There wasn't anything wrong with this album, but it also felt really short and wasn't as interesting as their other work 3/5

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O segundo álbum destes senhores que tenho o prazer de ouvir. O Tigermilk pareceu me um album mais sólido. Este parece mais semelhante, mas não fica muito atrás do tigermilk. Nota: 5/10

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I don’t really know a lot of it was boring but it also seemed chaotic in a way where they tried to just put a lot of sounds and instruments together to make it sound cool but I did like it overall

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Jangly indie pop with often amusing lyrics telling tales of everyday life from the perspective of various characters. Reminiscent of the Smiths, but with less bite both lyrically and musically. A pleasant and interesting listen. 3.5/5.

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FOlky, led to all the indie garbage that came after. Decent tho

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Good, but boring at times. Favorite track is probably If You're Feeling Sinister

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Jeben ko i svaki njihov, al dost je davanja ocjena šakom i kapom, nastavljamo realno kao i do prije par dana.

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Some good songs A but relentlessly similar Shouldni add or remove a star for the styli phone?

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Not bad some good songs but nothing memorable.

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Really just an OK album for me. Nothing that made me go WOW, but nothing to make me turn it off.

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Feels like this band makes music exclusively for Wes Anderson films.

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It was alright

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Sounds pretty similar to their other work, which I like. Definitely a nice album, but I somehow enjoyed it less. Maybe a bit pretentious?

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Like Dylan in the movies!

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I always think I’m going to love a band by this album more than I do.

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Nice album, but nothing standout or special for me. "Like Dylan in the Movies" was my favourite song on the album

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Rating: 5/10

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I just don't like his voice that much.

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frekar svona mellow

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not my favorite but still good

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I liked this better than the past installment but this band is still just not my thing. I think the tone of both music and singing get really monotonous through the length of an album.

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This was interesting but not sure if I would listen to it again.

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6/10. Another cloudy day on the British Isles.

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sounded like smiths, not bad

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Nice listen

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Decent easy listening but fails to leave a bigger impression

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A soothing listen that I doubt will annoy anyone. But it is incredibly average from all angles: songwriting, vocals, instrumentation, production. Nothing to really wow the lister.

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Didn’t enjoy the music or vocals much. Kind of meh

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Even though I really like Belle and Sebastian, this is not the album for me. The lyrics are already great, but for me, Belle and Sebastian still had to grow musically which they more did on their albums following this, Tigermilk and especially The Boy With The Arab Strap.

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B&S are a gap in my knowledge. They came along during the period that I did not listen to new music, and I think I generally agreed (based on my ignorance of their work) with Jack Black's opinion in High Fidelity that they were \"old sad bastard music\". Maybe because I, too, am now an old sad bastard, I understand the appeal of this record now. I like to quick and dirty recording style, with a production style with ambitions towards a lush aesthetic (on a budget). It is clearly in the tradition that grows from the more whimsical end of the Velvet Underground's oeuvre, which appeals to me. It starts to wash over me a bit after a whole album, but enjoyed it more than I expected.

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Nice and quite twee. It sounds a bit spare with mostly acoustic guitar and voice. Strings get my ears to perk up, and this could be a grower. But I'm not immediately inspired to return.

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Always thought B&S were a bit fey and lightweight back in the day (Murdoch's voice is not exactly a giant death metal baritone, is it?), though on listening to this album in full I find myself well disposed towards it. Maybe I've just aged into them or something. I don't know.

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An enjoyable album. The main vocalist's voice went from nice to grating depending on the mood I was in, so it's a fine line. Relatively calm and relaxed, overall a nice album.

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A little Velvet Underground, a little Nick Drake vibe. Twee AF.

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Bueno

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I didn’t enjoy this as much as Tiger Milk, but the singer’s sing song, matter of fact, sitting around a campfire approach is endearing and makes for an easy listen.

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Never heard of Belle & Sebastian and must say they're not bad. Its very relaxing and pleasant music. If You're Feeling Sinister started really well but I started to lose interest by the end. Favourite songs were Seeing Other People and Me And The Major.

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Soft, mellow acoustic sound. Faded into the background as I worked to be honest. I like the singers gentle vocals.

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It was an ok listen overall, the themes of discovering oneself and experimentation in all kinds of forms. A witty insight into the youth of the mid-90s that takes some inspiration from the past and can undoubtedly inspire future generations. Best: If You're Feeling Sinister Worst: Like Dylan in the Movies

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Fun early twee indie but they only get better from here

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First listen. I’ve heard the Tigermilk album before because of this list. I think this one has a better vibe.

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Well, it's not all "sad bastard music," as Jack Black called in in High Fidelity. But some of it is. I get a folky vibe from this album, like something that would have sprung out of the 60s. Good title. It's a jaunty, light, musical album, but that title track is a downer.

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Good mellow mood music

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Pretty good Folk pop

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Jingly Indgly

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Musically lovely, and a very nice listen overall. Not a fan of Stuart Murdoch's affected, Ray Davies-light style of vocal. Fave Songs: Me and the Major; Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying; Like Dylan in the Movies; The Boy Done Wrong Again; The Stars of Track and Field

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I really do like the Belle & Sebastian style, though the album is a bit up and down for me. It's almost a 4 but i think it sits at a 3 simply because i don't really like enough of the tracks. Get Me Away and Seeing Other People are really great... the others start to drop a bit from this.

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It's mellow. It's melodramatic. It's folky. It's dreamy. It has a lot of imagery that I can't really understand. And (maybe) a lot of social references that I don't get. I mean, why is Bob Dylan in the movies? And what kind of sound does a fox in the snow make?

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Genre: Chamber Pop 3/5 Clearly influential, and clearly sounds like an album beloved by those stuck in the 1990s, but overall not too exciting, Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister is a decent pop album all things considered. With shades of Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Donovan, and the Rolling Stones, this album sounds like what preceded it almost as much as what followed it. One of my favorite albums throughout this exercise is Sufjan Stevens' Illinois, and this is clearly an album he took a lot of inspiration from. While I can appreciate it for being influential in its genre, it certainly doesn't have the same emotional highs as an album like Illinois, and sadly stays pretty flat throughout the majority of the album. Stuart Murdoch has a nice, melancholy kind of voice on him, and it does a lot for these tunes, as most of these folksy arrangements desperately need something to liven it up. The Stars of Track and Field is a nice intro, but about 1 minute and a half too long, and the title track is another decent track, with some great added production, that just unfortunately hangs around for a little too long. Songs like Me and the Major and The Boy Done Wrong Again never truly get off the ground, and both end up sounding like the soundtrack to a Nicholas Sparks movie. Decent overall, and totally inoffensive, but none too special.

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This trundled along rather nicely. Nothing too groundbreaking - just some decent tunes played out at a rolling pace. It needs a little more bite to get me fully signed up. But I like the almost disposable take it or leave it approach.

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It's okay. A mix of decent songwriting, but the whole thing can feel a bit bland

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I did not expect an album called "If you're feeling sinister" and featuring a picture of a woman pondering over The Trial (I love Kafka) to start out with a song named "The Stars of Track & Field" that is actually about cherry underwear. What to make of it? The first couple songs had me thinking it might be OK but Me and the Major made me think uh-oh. But overall it is pretty and sounds great, I appreciate that I could understand the lyrics. That said, it is a little downbeat for me, at least today.

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Put me to sleep

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Jumped a lot between tolerating and absolutely loathing the singer's voice. Very chill and easy to listen to album, which isn't my usual taste (progressive metal). I've never been a lyrically focused person, so the little additions of brass and harmonica in some songs did help to make the overall listening experience a little more interesting. Very middle of the road album from first listen. No standout tracks, but also no stinkers I was desperate to skip. 3/5

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Nice. Can imagine it being in a late 90s/early 00s film or sitcom happy summer montage. Would listen to it again.

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Nice. Far too nice. Terribly horrifically nice. Eminently forgettable, not bad, just not great.

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Pleasant, melodic and lightweight. It's generally quite a floaty album with a laid back, late sixties floaty west coast vibe. Some tracks have a bit more urgency (like 'Me and The Major'). I hate to label it easy listening, but that's essentially what it is. It's quite good if you can get past the fey vocals and you're in the right mood but truth be told I have far better LPs of this ilk from the late sixties.

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Britpop vibes. Good melodies. Very relaxing.

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This was nice and cute. The album definitely has a vibe to it, and the horn arrangements help to add a lot of texture to these songs. Was this the most exciting music I've ever heard? No. But this defintely feels like a real cohesive album with a vision. A stronger vocal would have made this a better album for me.

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I like the vocals on this. The sound is smooth but overall I don’t find it especially interesting.

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Feels a bit like The Kinks if they were a 90s band. I can only enjoy this type of music for like 20 minutes before it turns into background noise. The songs I heard while my attention was max were pretty good - nothing groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it. Strong 3/5, might have to come back to this one once I'm in a mood more adjacent with this album.

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Not really my cup of tea. Inoffensive coffee house rock I suppose.

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Fuck Belle & Sensation and all of their little peasants. I pull my penis out and piss on them in public

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It was plain. I don’t know, fine.

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Lovely album

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Beetje slap pop album, niks bijzonders

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Meh

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I've tried at least 3 times now to listen to this whole CD. Everything feels like I should like this CD. But every time I try I get about 4 songs in and it drags and I want to shut it off.

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big bucket of meh

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It's OK

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First album that I knew nothing about going into it. I’m a few songs in and I don’t think this is an album for me. Feels very Bob Dylan in that stream of consciousness type singing along with the harmonicas and lazy singing tone. This feels like the kind of album that was a hit in European coffee shops which is probably why I never heard of it prior. One of my goals for this album exercise is to listen to all the albums as fairly as I can so I’m at least enjoying listening to something I haven’t heard before. But I also feel like I’ve heard this before. Like Dylan in the Movies is pretty enjoyable, but it still feels like Dylan in the Music. Listening to If You’re Feeling Sinister and it sounds like the kind of song that would play in an indie movie as the main character is driving through the new big city or something. In looking at the album cover, it also doesn’t do much to stand out other than the red filter. Look, I’m sure some of us are going to love this album but this one, while good at times, doesn’t make its case for being on this list. Maybe I’m just feeling sinister.

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It was good, but got annoying. I can only handle them in small bursts.

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Music critic fodder. Trying to be objective but it's just not my vibe. Wishy washy. 4/10

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Not a fan of Belle & Sebastian apart from a couple of tunes, and this album hasn’t changed that. It’s fine, but his voice annoys me and they’re not a band I’d ever choose to put on.

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Ik ben allergisch voor Belle & Sebastián. Heb het geprobeerd, maar kreeg weer jeuk over m’n hele lichaam.

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Bit boring. Not a huge fan of the talky singing and don't rate the lyrics or vocals

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Mjah, zeker niet slecht. Maar het kabbelt teveel en die zang gaat per nummer steeds meer irriteren.

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Ik weet dat het goed zou moeten zijn, maar nooit mijn ding geweest.

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It was eh, not great

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Bit durgy and nothing for me

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Meh. It's OK, reminiscent of Lou Reed's Coney Island Baby period.

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First time listening to this entire album. I think I would have liked listening to this whole thing more back in like 2004 when I was really getting into indie music. It's nice but kinda boring. I used to love Like Dylan in the Movies tho! Yeah overall this shit is boring and I'm excited for it to be over.

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Not necessarily my cup of tea, but I can recognize the significance of it. Enjoyable enough songs, but I probably won't listen again.

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Kinda indie. Uses a lot of acoustic guitar. Very quiet and almost peaceful. Indie, but not very different. It's like the album is trying to rub no one the wrong way. Repetitive and a bit boring. For me at least.

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Lite The Smiths + Nick Drake, lågmält och mysigt. Jättefina låttitlar. Bästa låtar: Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying och Like Dylan in the Movies. Förutom de två tyvärr ganska slätstruket och tråkigt.

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Not a bad album, not one I’d revisit readily, can see how they’ve influenced other bands such as Stornaway from the 00’s. It’s 3 star at best.

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Not for me

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Como que quería conectar pero al final nel

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Lots of universal love for this album, but I personally don’t get the hype. Perhaps I’m missing something. Pleasant enough, but just OK at best.

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Narrowly escaped a 1 star this did

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I literally just finished listening to this album 10 minutes ago and have no recollection of any of the songs. So there's that.

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I had not heard of this band or any the songs on this album. It is an ok album. Nothing memorable about it.

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I like how upbeat this album is, I get a the smiths vibe.

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Fairly non-impressive baseline bleats. I like some on other albums

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The lyrics and songwriting are pretty good. There's some solid storytelling going on, but I just don't really vibe with the music itself as much as I'd like.

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Kinda boring.

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Chill vibes for a chill work day up 1 Canada Square 😎 A bit meh, though - too many tracks sounded too similar for my liking. Fav new song - If You're Feeling Sinister

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Not my cup of tea

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I prefer the later Belle and Sebastian albums, but it's nice to see the roots of what was to come

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While the music is acceptable for background duties, I found the affair a bit too eccentric for me to seek repeat listening.

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2.5

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Me gustan más o menos Belle & Sebastian pero la verdad es que un disco entero de ellos ya de entrada me parece pesado, pero además, no me encanta que tome un lugar en la lista. Si bien, quizá tenga el mérito de ser uno de los primeros discos de la ola que empezó más o menos en el 2000 de bandas indie.

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Recuerdo muy claro este disco de por ahí cuando tendríamos unos 15 años y como era el furor del indie. Recuerdo que nunca me gusto, en su momento no me llamaba la atención en lo más mínimo, con el tiempo solo lo vi como algo que sonaba pretencioso y como un ícono del inicio de los hipsters. Ahora con más tiempo para realmente darle chance puedo decir que... mi opinión no ha cambiado mucho. Un disco que tiene letras a ratos entretenidas que podrían ser historias bien contadas pero que se las lleva a puntos de capricho y pretensión. Música que se siente quiere escucharse retro a huevo por escucharse retro y sentirse muy avanzado, como si mezclaras a los Smiths y a Simon&Garfunkel. Siento que por un lado es un album "bien hecho" pero que todo lo que propone son cosas que a mí de manera personal como que me caen medio mal.

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Booring

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Don't are for it at all. At least who they are now.

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This one didn't do much for me. It had some good lyrics, but the music didn't move me at all.

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Prior to listening to this, I was really vibing to New Mexican Doom Cult. I'm stating that, because it definitely influenced how I felt about this album. How did I feel about it? Well... It was meh, it was really, really meh. Just never kicked it into gear.

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I should like this album. Belle and Sebastien are one of those 'heard lots about but never listened to' bands for me and this has a similar vibe to Neutral Milk Hotel, who I very much like, but for some reason it doesn't hit the same way. Possibly one to revisit at another time in a different mood but on first (and second because I felt like I was missing something) this is a little below average

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Boring music for boring people.

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Pretty average but with some decent melodies.

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-The horns in “The Stars Of Track And Field” were interesting. -The harmonica do be jamming on “Me and The Major," and the song is generally catchy and good -Some moderately interesting guitar riffs in “Like Dylan In The Movies,” but it is still kinda boring and slow honestly -"Judy And The Dream Of Horses" picks up to an okay pace but it's still pretty slow -Idk kinda really boring and slow I think it might be a 2

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Didn’t hear anything special.

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If this is 1 of 1001 albums I should listen to before I die, I'm dreading some of the others. Who decides this shit? A very mediocre album but I managed to listen to it all the way through.

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Pleasant easy-enough-to-listen-to songs without any real highs. I don't like the singer's singing-style - he sounds stiff and unemontional. 2/5.

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Energia positiva pra ouvir no domingo, mas nenhuma música muito chiclete.

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It started with some fun songs, but it became normal and boring fast. Too "hipster" for me I guess, don't know why it earned a spot on this list. Production of the album is good, tho. Favorite tracks: * Mayfly * Judy And The Dream Of Horses * Seeing Other People

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Tweee2

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Ehkä vähän kivempi kuin Tigermilk, lepposaa aamun taustamusaa mut ei sen kummempia tunteita nostattava.

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90’er indie pop, akustisk guitar, stemningsfyldt

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Sí, sí, cute, sweet, pipipí pero lo quería sacar. Si quiero irme del álbum, entonces no va.

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another vocal duo. Nothing new under the sun

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A bit more of an interesting album. Pretty indie alternative feel to it like car seat headrest or neutral milk hotel. Some of the songs are a bit deeper and darker. Not necessarily bad but idk how much is listen to it. 4.8/10

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Pleasant but a bit boring if I'm honest.

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bit nothingy

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Kind of boring; poor singing and a bit of a snoozer. 4/10

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It's like a stock photo. I might agree that it's well-done, great even. But I'll forget about it after an hour.

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Una o dos canciones son buenas, pero todo un disco con la misma voz y el mismo sonidito indie... meh

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If a band was punch able this would be it!

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Pretty sleepy...

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Not a fan

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It was alright, nice and mellow, it gets boring though as most of the songs sound the same. 2.5

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I didn't throw the speaker out the window, although was very close to dropping off.

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Not as twee as I first thought when the album started, a few good tunes but just not my thing

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I didn't like the last album by these guys here. Only on the first song but it sounds just as annoying. Fuck this. 1/5. uuuuuugh it's even worse a few songs in, this cunt can't sing and the music is so fucking bland I want to scream. 0/5. Fuck the author of this book.

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false advertising smh

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not my style at all...

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Ik kan het niet geheel verklaren maar die gezapige, zeikerige zang brengt echt moordneigingen in me naar boven.

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Boring

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Didn’t like this one

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If the guy stopped sucking dick to sing, could be better. Still too much soy... Pass

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Giving me all the nostalgia but the album is pretty boring tbh.

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So, so bland, empty. This is why nobody likes hipsters.

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-Definitely not my cup of tea. - I'm not exactly sure why I HAVE to listen to this one before I die

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Nah. I don't vibe.

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Didn’t enjoy the album at all. I appreciate and commend the self expression, but I couldn’t get behind the repetitive sound and vulnerable vocal performance behind every song— I prefer more variety and skill expression..

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Überflüssig.

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Yuck

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It's like prog-rock, but instead of the musical parts being complicated, you just strum three chords and say every single word that comes to your mind. Bleh.

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Again, no.

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more pointdexter than sinister

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So dull, even the singer sounds bored with it. The nadir is "The Boy Done Wrong Again" - 4:17 of utter tedium. Terrible.

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annoying.

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Love Belle and Sebastian! They do always remind me of that Jack Black quote from Hi-Fidelity calling them "sad bastard music," but I don't mind being a sad bastard sometimes. His vocals always make me feel so dreamy. They have this strange ethereal quality to me, like when I get done listening to their albums, I'm like does a band this emotionally expressive really exist. I don't want to ever see them live because I feel like it would break the spell for me. "Me and the Major" is maybe the most driving head-bopper of a B&S song I've heard. "Fox in the Snow," ooof. "Get me away..." is a classic. Love that sine sound on Mayfly...wtf was that. A stylophone, I'm getting one. "all I wanted to do was sing the saddest song," achieved. Love their trumpet player. - 5

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Eh. Mediocre

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