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Tigermilk

Belle & Sebastian

1996

Tigermilk

Album Summary

Tigermilk is the 1996 debut album from Scottish pop group Belle and Sebastian. Originally given a limited release (1,000 copies) by Electric Honey, the album was subsequently re-released in 1999 by Jeepster Records. The album is named after an instrumental that did not end up on the album – it was later performed on Belle and Sebastian's early tours. All of the songs on the album were written by Stuart Murdoch between 1993 and 1996, and originally performed solo on the Glasgow open mic circuit. Though he performs on the album, trumpet player Mick Cooke was not then an official member of the band.

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Rating

3.3

Votes

5399

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

If The Eagles are an IKEA table - assembled and available for people who simply want a table to put things on rather than anything else - then Belle & Sebastian are an artisan working out of their own woodshop, hewing tables out of trees they've felled themselves. Sure, you have to pay a bit more, and sure it won't be ready for at least 6 months, but when the table does arrive you'll want to show it off: imperfections, visible carving strokes, notches, resin stains and all. Because this table will carry stories with it, and it will lend itself to further stories, and it will surprise you with the joy you feel every time you come into your dining room and find a one of a kind table sitting there; your table. Table.

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Wed Jan 06 2021
5

Beautiful, eclectic indie pop album. Everything fits together and is meaningful with each second passing. Each song has a life of their own and presented in their own take. A musical journey of an album that set up an unique, intriguing sound from this group. Stand-Outs: The State I Am In, We Rule The School

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I know they're twee and often cloying (and beloved of the cardigan brigade) but this was a revelation to me: truly bumming lyrics clothed most often in upbeat, layered music. Real kitchen sink stuff with occasional moments of pure elation across a remarkable debut album. 'Expectations' and 'She's Losing It' are stars amongst several all-timers on here. And it's all the result of a Scottish welfare scheme. This was the first album I bought when I moved to the UK in the late '90s, probably because it had been rereleased on Jeepster. Proof that those listening posts in HMV Oxford St really worked.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

I'd have never paired Beauty from Beauty and the Beast with the crab from The Little Mermaid, but Disney have done it here and it has resulted in a fairly okay record. It hasn't blown my mind in the same way a collaboration between Scar and Princess Jasmine would have.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

They're in full flower on Tigermilk, surfacing on tunes throughout the album, but crystallizing on the skipping "She's Losing It," rushed "Expectations," '60s throwback "I Could Be Dreaming," and, especially, "The State I Am In," a masterful melodrama that points toward the richness of If You're Feeling Sinister, which arrived just a few months later. Those are the moments when Belle and Sebastian feel preternaturally gifted, seeming to know precisely who they were right out of the gate.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Cool debut album from one of the first indie bands to warm our hearts. Twas a refreshing listen!

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Wed Jan 06 2021
2

ok this is a hipster's dream. boring folky songs with very light marching beat drums, singer(s?) never raises his voice high enough to know if he can actually sing or not, general sound like the postman pat theme. So inoffensive it makes me want to go commit crimes just to make up for how fucking boring it is. 2/5 because I pity it more than I outright hate it.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

I am torn ... is good, easy-listening, nice music to wake to. But I don't find it exciting in any way. Listened to a few newer songs (Tigermilk is their 1st album), and they are still similar. So for me, it is still just "meh".

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

Not really anything positive I can add for this album unfortunately. I found it supremely mediocre and extremely boring. None of the tracks sounded like they differentiated from each other and each song was like listening to a replay of the last. The first and last songs could be passed as the same without too much convincing. In addition to this the music is mediocre and nothing to get excited over. I honestly fail to work out how this album would make it’s way into any top 20,000 list let alone 10001 of all time. 1 Star

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

To my mind one of the best Belle and Sebastian albums. The lyrics are wry, well observed and witty. Every time I listen to it I smile to myself, and even if I am feeling tired it always perks me up. The brass work on Losing It is terrific and really lifts the track. My favourite track is Expectations. It is sobering to think that the references to Debenhams are somewhat dated, how social trends evolve!

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

'You're just a baby' is Robert Plant's favourite from this. The guy loves babies. Not in a good way.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Love this one, Thanks for introducing me

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I listened to this

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Perfektes Debut, der kalifornischen Schotten, mit gleichbleibend hohem Niveau in puncto Songwriting, eigener Handschrift & Alltagsgeschichten wie aus Indie Movies entlehnt, die erst noch gedreht werden mussten. Ihre Ästhetik bedient sich in Verweisen auf französische Nouvelle Vague, Jonathan Richmans Ringel-Shirt mit Halstuch und Literatur im Allgemeinen und dabei sind sie so aufreizend mühelos stilprägend, denn ihr leiser Tonfall war im Britpop des Jahres 1996 eher die Ausnahme, Quiet is the New Loud als Mini Hype noch nicht erfunden und auch mit nur einem Finger den Nuller Electroclash ("Electric Renaissance") mal eben angestupst und wieder im Schrank versteckt. Vor allem aber haben sie vieles andere überdauert, sich bis zu einem gewissen Punkt ("The Life Pursuit") weiterentwickelt, bis es einfach nicht mehr weiterging, ohne sich selbst zu karikieren. Werde immer etwas melancholisch horny wenn ich eines ihrer frühen Alben höre - ganz unabhängig von diesem Cover. schmachtende 4.7

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

"I gave myself to sin, I gave Myself to providence and I've Been there and back again The state that I am in." (The state that I am in) "Tell Veronica the secrets of the boy you never kissed" (Expectations) *heart emoji*

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

I really love this album. It is like being Cleopatra and getting into a lovely warm bath of milk (Tigermilk).

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Thu May 05 2022
5

I was convinced I wouldn't be rating this above 4 stars. I'm a fan of the band, but have always much preferred the sublime "If You're Feeling Sinister", which I had on here a few weeks ago. "Tigermilk", while a very assured debut, doesn't reach the same heights. Still, as I listened to it with fresh ears, I kept waiting for a reason to knock it down, for the weak link... and none came. It's got "The State I Am In", "Expectations" and "She's Losing It" as an opening triage which are all incredible. Perfect balance between detailed, vivid character studies and warm, reassuring melodies. "Mary Jo" gives "Eleanor Rigby" a run for its money as a study in loneliness. "My Wandering Days Are Over" is up there with my all time favourites by the band. "Electronic Renaissance" is the outlier, sure... but at least it's an experiment with a different sound. So they're going to have to take my five stars- sometimes nothing else will do.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

It's a soft, sweet, and wistful album. If it was a tad more twee it would be too saccharine for me but this is juuust right! This Aussie gives it four arvo cuppas out of five.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I thought this was a solid debut for them. The melodies are pretty catchy and they straddle the line between cheery and depressing with the combination of their instrumentation of lyrics. Favorite Track: The State I Am In Least Favorite Track: Mary Jo

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

I used to love this album when I was younger, it was exactly how I felt. But now the undertone of sadness inherent in the lyrics is a little too painful. Still, one of the better albums out there.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Belle and Sebastian are a band that, frankly, should’ve graced my eardrums much earlier than 2022. I’m a huge Matador Records fan, and I love a lot of their contemporaries - Yo La Tengo and Stereolab for starters. They were always on my periphery, but I never really took the time to listen. I think I probably fell victim to the stereotype on this one - that they are/were exceedingly twee. Not gonna lie, they kind of are, but Tigermilk is still a fantastic record, especially if you love 60’s psych/pop filtered through the lens of 90’s indie rock. The production is great, the songs are well crafted and to the point, the instrumentation is varied and impeccably played. This is a really great record and I’m disappointed in myself for not giving Belle and Sebastian a chance before now. RIYL: Yo La Tengo’s “Fakebook”, Stereolab, The Shin’s “Oh, Inverted World”

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

I liked this within the first 10 seconds. The vocals are a combo of folky, lovely and depressing. I like how the different well played instruments move in and out and the many style changes including a very captivating electronic tune (Elec Ren) after which the instruments really come alive on “Could be dreaming”. To top it off, just when I was thinking I had it w ambience, Mary Jo ended and did Tigermilk. It's nice to see cool school projects that don't involve blowing shit up.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
3

The relentlessly prosaic lyrics border on the ridiculous. The mellifluous vocals border on the ridiculous. The band's obsession with melody borders on the ridiculous. The sum total of this ridiculousness? The sublime. If you want to figure out how, remember that pop music thrives off excess. This is just a different type of excess than we're used to.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

Fragile contents. Handle with care. Second B&S album on 1001 and I wish I was converted. Maybe once Arab Strap shows up sometime in 2023. I just can't get on board yet. I feel for you Belle. You're a gentle underdog. You see beauty and sadness in subtle corners. You still have the lightness of youth. You're a bit irritating to hang out with. Delicate stemware. C

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

This album made me feel nostalgic for University and I adored it, but I've never heard it before today. I love the violin and orchestra feel of it so much. Big highlights- Electronic Renaissance, She's Losing It, and We Rule the School. But every song rocks.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Beautiful

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Aquí soy muy parcial, porque Belle & Sebastian ha estado entre mis bandas favoritas de la vida, desde la prepa que los conocí. Este no es uno de mis discos preferidos de ellos, pero tiene todo lo que uno puede esperar de ellos: algunas buenas letras, muchos instrumentos, moods variados y como toda esa vibra ""indie"" que se puede pedir. Antes, "Electronic Renaissance" era casi que mi top del disco, pero ahora pienso que la que más quiero del disco es "I Don't Love Anyone" por afinidad personal. "The State I Am In", "I Could Be Dreaming" y "Expectations" completan lo que más disfruto de este disquito. En fin, pues claro que mi sesgado 10/10.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

This is one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite bands

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

One of the best Belle & Sebastian's albums. A great indie example of 90's

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Hier deutlich festzustellen: ein gewisser 90er-Bias, vermutlich einfach wegen des intensiveren Erlebens und Erinnerns einiger Platten (Pavement, Blur, Massive Attack, Faith No More, ...). Hier allerdings liegt der Fall anders, ich hab Belle & Sebastian so richtig erst Anfang der Nuller auf den Schirm genommen und auch da zunächst nicht besonders groß. Wäre also leicht gewesen, das hier mit einer lockeren 3 durchzubewerten, ABER: das geht natürlich nicht, nein, hier nun wirklich nicht. Da sind NUR HITS drauf, "gut gealtert" wäre eine Beleidigung weil die meisten von denen sind sogar noch besser geworden. Glatte 5, klar verdient.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Shameful that I have never listened to this album. I'm more familiar with Sinister and Catastrophe Waitress. This album is beautiful and I love it.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Out of 1000 the first 25 had two for Neil young and two were belle and Sebastian. This algorithm sucks. Another great one. B&S are fantastic.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Started nice The State I am is a personal favourite Feels like a wedding band but also good for road trips

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

❤️

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Thu May 20 2021
5

loved it more than i remembered loving it

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

I just adore this album. it's twee as fuck, and I don't care!! It's awesome!! I feel weird giving it 5 stars because I think their output continues to improve in the next two releases, but ... oh well!

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Fast becoming a favourite album of mine. I like the place it takes me to.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Comforble

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

really good. every song was good and different

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

rrrrefreshing 🧊

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Like the best collection of short stories, achingly beautiful

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Great

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Fun fun fun!! Really liked this one!!

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

I was expecting boring standard 90s indie. I got interesting and excellent 90s indie with a lot of cool things going on. A really nice vibe and just the right balance of consistency and variety to hold it together whilst also keeping it interesting. I instantly really like it. A very unexpected 5/5.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

How lovely, this is a long standing favourite.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

I can listen to The State I Am In on repeat all day

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

i cannot rate this fairly, since this and If You're Feeling Sinister are two of the most formative albums of my teenage years, so instead i will just praise stuart murdoch's ability to depict a very familiar kind of comfortable discontent.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

I hadn’t listened to much Belle & Sebastian before, but loved how the soft pop sounded on a cold and rainy day in Chicago.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Despite being a huge B&S fan, I'd not heard many tracks from the debut. What a mistake. It's twee as fuck, but gloriously so. The jangly guitars, gorgeous brass, delightful woodwind. It's indie, and cute, and mischievous, and sincere. I'm biased but I love this shit.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

bomm

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

I am a big fan of Belle and Sebastian's next two albums "If You're Feeling Sinister" and "The Boy with the Arab Strap" but have never really dug into this, their debut album very much. What a miss...this album is outstanding. Most songs start slow and build momentum with additional instruments and vocals. Typically, a piano or acoustic guitar starts the song which finishes with violins, keywords, cellos, trumpets, Mariachi horns and probably more. A unique sound for the time and still is. Lead singer and song writer Stuart Murdoch also tends to tell a story with his subjects all over the place: great use of the instruments to try to match the story. What's great about this album and a surprise to me is the musical variety it starts out and continues with. "The State I Am In" starts acoustically and builds with backing vocals and additional instruments. I did not know this but a Pitchfork top 20 song for the decade. "Expectations" throws in Mariachi horns. "You're Just a Baby" and "My Wandering Days Are Over" sound like they're straight out of the 60's. "Electronic Renaissance" employs some weird keyboards; is this a Beach House song? Wilco was definitely listening to "I Could Be Dreaming" as it sounds like it should be on their "Summerteeth" album which came out three years later. This was fun.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

I love Belle & Sebastian.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

love it so much

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Electronic Renaissance, The State I Am in, entre otras. Uno de mis discos favoritos de Belle And Sebastian. Vinilo en cuanto lo encuentre.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

The perfect amount of whimsical indie rock joy condensed to 10 tracks. Favourites: "The State I'm In", "Electronic Resonance", "We Rule The School"

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Mon May 16 2022
5

aural meringue

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Tue May 24 2022
5

An old favourite. Love their lyrics and simple sounding, but complex melodies. A great album.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Absolutely classic album - great melodies & lovely lyrics.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Little alt folks but enjoyable

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

cool album

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Really good, nice variety of sounds and catchy songs! Calming, even the more uptempo songs

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Slapped harder than flip flops when you’re running.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I <3 <3 <3 this album

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

I have it on vinyl (not the legendary first pressing) and I credit it with my obsession with cute, twee indie. Falling somewhere between Simon and Garfunkel, Pulp and the roster of Sarah records, the lovely meandering chord patterns, sensitive but hilarious lyrics and surprising instrumentation make for a brilliant album. I carved the lyrics to 'We Rule the School' on a desk during my GCSEs, and mumbled a 'Thank you your songs mean everything to me' at Stuart Murdoch at my first Glastonbury. Basically, this one is rigged - Expectations, She's Losing It, We Rule The School and the State I Am In are four of my favourite songs ever. And I'll likely continue listening to their albums in chronological order today, at least up to Dear Catastrophe Waitress - and then stopping only because I have kids and I'm busy!!!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Digging it!

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Belle and Sebastian’s first album was the result of being chosen to produce by a music business class at Stow College in Glasgow. Written in the wake of Stuart Murdoch’s chronic fatigue syndrome onset, the songs are focused on the stories of ‘normal people’ told in a very personal and incisive way. The music itself is deceptively simple, but is incredibly layered.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Very British, very twee in the best way. High school drama lyrics with bouncy music.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

It's like the most inoffensive tunes conjuring a strange suburban 70/80's world from my childhood with disturbing lyrics with often uncomfortable imagery and unbearable sadness. I've tried getting into these guys before but it's true their songs end up sounding very samey and bland. Maybe it's the lyrics that saves them? It hit me this morning in the right way in tune with my mood so maybe the breakthrough has been made? The state that I am in.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Wonderful first album, a early sign the bad would shift gears later on. Never given the attention the 3 albums that came out after this do. Poppy and catchy

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

A twee masterpiece from one of Scotland's more supreme bands. They don't come fully formed these days, an aesthetic that is assured and automatically iconic from the moment eyes were lain on them. Of course, Belle & Sebastian's music is the focal point (and always will be, they would get better and better) and they provide taut and sophisticated songs that would form the backbone of a influential indie scene.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Love this album. Instant 5!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Really diverse set of offerings here. Astounding that it was recorded in five days as a school project. It’s like proto-Sufjan.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

Listened before

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Very lovely. That's all I can say, really. I appreciated the atmosphere. 4.5, not quite 5 though.

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

Uhhhhh... It's good

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Thu Dec 03 2020
4

indie pop, twee pop

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Lækker vellyd og feel-good easy listening rock pop. Absolut et genlyt værd

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Entertaining and enjoyable indie pop with some good harmonies and melpdies

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

What a cool little album. I'd heard of Belle and Sebastian for a long time (I think starting with High Fidelity), but I don't know that I'd ever actually listened to them. It was certainly different, but very fun to listened to. Solid alternative pop music 4/5

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Incredibly strong for a first album. I didn't LOVE it like I've loved their newer stuff, but I was very impressed. Some of the lyrics are a bit out-there and sometimes uncomfortable, but the soundscapes and overall composition is exciting and unique.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

I really really enjoyed this. What a gem.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Album was so, so, but their later music was much better!

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Upbeat, and diverse with rich tones and sounds

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

It grew on me pretty quick... I liked Expectations and The State I'm In the most, though the rest of the album was enjoyable as well (Electronic Renaissance probably the least). Mellow style and engaging lyrics.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Reminds me of 2000 - Hope St. Always preferred Boy with the Arab Strap, think the pop jangle of Dirty Dream #2, sold me on Belle and Sebastian.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Not the biggest fan of indie, but I found myself enjoying the songs and harmonies on this album. A good album overall.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Pretty cool. Need to listen again when in a sentimental type mood

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Sweet and almost soothing tracks. Nothing really struck me, but strong across the board.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Pues batstante chido, no esperaba pasármela bien con algo que en mi prejuicio suena a "rock indie". Supongo que por el eclecticismo del album me pareció chido, un poco de todo, ruido, synth, cuerdas clásicas, post punk vibes, ondita alternativa. Favs: She's losing it, Electronic Renaissance que está chida la idea, y My Wandering 0Days are Over. Mood: cuando dujeron I Don´t Love Anyone... I really felt that.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

I've always had a huge soft spot for "twee-pop", despite absolutely hating the term twee-pop - I'm sure NME are to blame, they usually are. The world would be a little less fun without the jangly indie of twee bands from Talulah Gosh to the mighty Los Campesinos!, and Belle & Sebastian are up there with the very best of them. This isn't their best album but it's a strong debut, especially considering it was thrown together in a week and none of them had played together before recording. Oh, and the album cover is a woman breastfeeding some sort of toy tiger fish, so there's that.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

On first listening I was disappointed. I was prepared to really love it. It was good, but not exceptional. I've listened to it 3 times now, and it's grown on me.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

false

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Mary Jo

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Schönes verträumtes Album. Erinnert mich an Sommertage Ende der 90er. Nach der Schule direkt zum Schwimmen, lange Ferien und ein ganz anderes Zeitgefühl.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Chamber Pop at its finest. Belle & Sebastian show why they have been putting out music for years with some of their highest quality in a sweet and pleasant release.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

This absolutely slaps. More of this pls list

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I enjoyed Belle and Sebastian Tigermilk and more. Even added it to my You Tube music.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Awesome lyrics. Really good, took me by surprise.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I like Belle and Sebastian. I liked this album. Yes, I would listen to this again. 4 stars. Potential favorite tracks (but this was only a first listen): "My Wandering Days Are Over", "I Don't Love Anyone", "She's Losing It".

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Best Songs: Electronic Renaissance, My Wandering Days Are Over Worst Song: Mary Jo

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Very driving beats, smooth trumpet lines, almost giving me Of Monsters and Men vibes, high energy, yet serene, favs - Expectations, I Don't Love Anyone

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Bright, breezy pop folk that was recorded at the other end of a long room to the band. I liked this one, even the distant production worked. Turn it down, put it it the background. It's nice.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Jangly guitars, atmospheric chords, some double-tracked vocals reminiscent of later Beatles, and the occasional trumpet accent. Interesting and varied.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Made by a strange group from Glasgow. Fat-lipped vocal quality, a little wispy too. Lyrics are almost unfiltered in their simple, undressed honesty. The band’s center had just overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and that means everything. Each song is full and slight. Electric Renaissance strikes me.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

I like the style of singing, I will definitely come back to listen to it better

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Melodías dulces y tiernas que te alegran. A mi me levanta mucho el ánimo. No me parece igual un disco que me vuele la cabeza. Para mi es un "Ok esta re lindo" 4 efes

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Sun May 09 2021
4

First pop album I really enjoyed, 8/10

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Nice, sounds like the grandfather of a lot of similar music to come in the 00s onwards. I may have a bias towards this type of indie-pop, so although it sounds quite familiar, a very pleasant listen.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Favourite track is just a baby, proceeding song was aptly named Electronic renaissance, bringing a stylistic shift. That renaissance didn't last however, as I could be dreaming is gritty, grungy rock which is more in sync with the early 90's. My wandering days are over is a wonderfully dreamy jam. Never heard this before, really liked it.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Gives me The Proclaimers vibes, really liked this album, would buy on CD if I saw it!

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Everything I know about Belle and Sebastian is from the book and movie High Fidelity. I can say, that if this is sad, bastard music, I'm a sad bastard, and I don't know what you'd call "In the Wee Small Hours," which is way more sad, bastard than this. The State I'm In - interesting rhythm. This song builds nicely, and it's lyrically interesting. I am not quite sure of the message, but it is certainly from the perspective of someone with regrets. Expectations - Another jaunty song with cryptic and and verbose lyrics. This song mentions Velvet Underground, and I did get vibes of them with the style of this music. There's a coming of age bit in here that echoes the confusion of adolescence. She's Losing it - Another ironic song in that it is a happy tone with some real tragedy in the core. Feels like a continuation or appendix to Expectations. We are also getting names now: Chelsea, Lisa You're Just a Baby - More about school and an upbeat song that feels dangerously exploitative of a younger girl. And the album artwork gives that same sense. "Kiss me on the cheek before you know what's sweet?" But then he says you will be crying in the morning and you will be married in the morning, so maybe it's more about someone who's marrying the wrong guy. Electronic Renaissance - Clearly the first think I think of is Kraftwerk with this one. The electronic sound is a stark contrast to the first three songs. An attention to dates (at least years) is a theme. Also a rave/drug vibe here. I Could Be Dreaming - after the previous song about "dropping a pill and going," this feels like a continuation. Like someone's weird drug fantasy. We get a return to the idea that there's some abusive guy causing harm to a school girl. We Rule the School - Another song with a school theme. NC is another person we get named by initials, who is not Chelsea or Lisa I guess. Then the line, You Know the World was Made for Men repeated at the end. And then, "And not us." My Wandering Days Are Over - We get Michael named, and a sense of growing up. Leaving the disco boots behind, but also innocence. They also (Belle and Sebastian) name themselves in this song. Is this the song about how Belle and Sebastian got together? I don't Love Anyone - Stream of consciousness. I don't love anyone, well maybe my sister, maybe my brother? Reminds me of that scene from the Jerk when he says he doesn't need anything...nothing...well I need this. Mary Jo - Last song, another girl's name. Very High Fidelity I guess. Lots of women just listed. She's reading the book mentioned in the first song. This was a fun album. I feel like there's more to be read between the lines, but overall, this was a solid album of theme, instrumentals, lyrics, and ambition.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

interesting songs, lacks a real hitsong, great melodies and the topics are non standard

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

My favorite twee Brit-pop band. This one is better than the last one on the list and a step closer to the perfect 5 B&S album, but not quite there. A couple fives and a lot of other solid songs. Electronic Renaissance is off the beaten path and ahead of its time. Good listen.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Classic chamber pop album. Love the vocals and pretty instrumentals.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Incredible song writing

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Surprising to see this album on the list, not because B&S don’t deserve to be but because later albums such as If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy With the Arab Strap and Dear, Catastrophe Waitress refine the model of easy going, dreamy, chamber pop with catchy choruses even further. This album points to the direction of travel, especially with the witty opener The State That I Am In (although I prefer the stripped back EP version without the added organ). A great band, great live (they love their fans). (If I have your attention, do check out The Avalanches remix of I’m A Cuckoo which is an interesting odd little gem)

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Enjoyable, if a little one paced. First band in this that I have seen live, albeit 5-6 years after this album. First Scottish band too, and quite a change of pace from Metallica! You're just a baby and I could be dreaming were my favourites after one listen

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

A precocious debut from a band that went from strength to strength.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

We listen to this in the car a lot (along with the rest of the B&S back catalogue). Having gotten used to how it sounds over terrible speakers with the drone of traffic in the background, it's surprising how rich it sounds over headphones via iTunes. I think I gave to my wife on vinyl for a Christmas present a few years ago. We've seen the band a bunch of times, including at ATP Minehead (Bowlie 2), talked about going to the Boatie w/e cruise in the Med, and have talked about going to the next one (if borders are open, the stars align etc). Good album.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I think I had maybe never listened to this - or possibly any B&S - all the way through before. You know, it's pretty good.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Not quite as standout as Arab Strap but really enjoyed it. Some great moments on there.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

Ok album, nice relaxing, 3.5/5

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

VERY good! I liked it a lot. It started off a little bland, but got better. Kind of wish it hit a little bit harder, though. Not sure if that's an issue with the production, or maybe the singers just needed to be a little better? I don't know, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

I like this, it needs more time to grow on me.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

har bara lyssnat på den här plattan en gång för kanske 15 år sen och då tyckte jag den var kass. nu tyckte jag mycket mer om den!

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

I think it's a shame that this album will always live in the shadow of the masterpiece that is If You're Feeling Sinister, because it's a great album on its own merits. It has a weak back half (at least until it gets to the wonderful "My Wandering Days are Over," then the final stretch is quite good), but overall it's an album all indie heads should listen to at least a couple of times.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Generellt sätt var albumet vackert och behagligt att lyssna på. Det som rörde mig mest var albumets drag av elektronisk musik. Låten som därmed gav störst intryck hos mig var Electronic Renaissance. Albumet lyckades förvåna mig med unika och intressanta instrumentala val som stack ut från den banala komfortzonen. Detta lyfter albumet högt i mina ögon. De vågar och lyckas med något annorlunda. Samtidigt förblir musiken vid andra tillfällen det tråkiga och ordinära som hörts tidigare. Däremot har albumet ofta en bra grund och potential för att bli något mycket bättre än vad det är vid detta tillstånd. Med en starkare uppbyggnader och mer komplexitet hade kvalitén ökat drastiskt. Detta märktes mest enligt mig under låten I Could Be Dreaming.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

poeticism without pomposity. expectations is the perfect combination of whimsical and depressing. some of it sounds more dated than vintage, but for the most part it works out for the retro folk thing they’ve got goin

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

One of their best

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Nice instrumentation

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Way above average 90s pop rock. I liked it even thought not in my listeningvwheelhouse. 3.6

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Wasn't expecting to enjoy this that much, not as slow as I expected

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Just had "If You're Feeling Sinister" the day before, so it's interesting to compare so closely together. I like this album too, it's got that same whimsical yet sardonic lyricism I appreciate from this group, and it seems to be a peppier album overall. Instrumentation is wonderful, enjoying it a lot.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Un bon album rock inde. Probablement d’angleterre.un bel album fin 90 qui sonne tres bien. Su talent cest certain.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Indie with good pop sensibilities. Well crafted lyrics.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Sufjan Stevens esque instumentals with Smiths esque lyrics

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Pretty good. Didn't know they started in 1996.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Different than I expected, quality.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

It's 2020. Quarantine started. Almost everyone locked themselves at home, away from the terrible mess of the outside world. It was a weird time. Stretching for months and months. A lot learned to plant, to cook, and other stuffs that are popular in the DIY world. This event accelerated a trend. No, I'm not talking about TikTok, I'm talking about people's inclination towards sentimental, minimalist stuff. Plants. "AESTHETIC" designs. Crafts. Journals. And of course, lo-fi and indie music. My teenage sister would blast moody acoustic songs, thanks to this trend. These songs are oftentimes mediocre and frankly, boring. But I do enjoy some of them, but only if they are close to rock. Biases, I know. And this album, "Tigermilk" by Belle and Sebastian, is a perfect soft quarantine-vibed indie rock. I'm not a fan of this kind of music, but this is actually well done. I love the oftentimes lo-fi instrumentals. The vocals are pretty mediocre, but I think it's appropriate. Overall, a nice indie album. I just wish I discovered it during quarantine, maybe I'll enjoy it more. I wonder if my younger sister would enjoy this piece from 1996. Maybe she would, despite it's age and the fact that TikTok probably (fortunately) haven't touched it yet.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

I suspect they don’t fight much

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

tempted to knock off another star just for 'You're Just a Baby'

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Bit twee but lots of good pop songs on it.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

It can be a bit too twee at times and it's not something I can just listen to anytime, it's a very specific mood. However it is pretty damn enjoyable when I want to listen to it.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

didnt think id like it but i did!!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

I am familiar with BELLE AND SEBASTIAN and two side projects, having their various first albums and EP’s, but overall I remember liking the B&S off shoot, THE GENTLE WAVES, which is ISOBEL CAMPBELL's solo work and her first album, THE GREEN FIELDS OF FOREVERLAND. As to B&S, itself, TIGERMILK, struck as most memorable but did have much replayability to it. After re-listening to TIGERMILK, my first reaction was very favorable not listening to it for about 15 years, but repeated listening led to a slight downturn overall, some tracks seemed annoying at times. The vocals are sometimes too fast and it is hard to decipher what is being said. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, besides the debut TIGERMILK is included, also the second release, IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER (1996) Rate Artist: BELLE AND SEBASTIAN (4.0) Rate Album (Year): TIGERMILK (1996 Original) (4.5) Ranking of BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - TIGERMILK songs No. Title Length 01. "The State I Am In" 4:57 08.5/10 02. "Expectations" 3:34 07.0/10 03. "She's Losing It" 2:22 10.0/10 04. "You're Just a Baby" 3:40 09.0/10 05. "Electronic Renaissance" 4:50 08.5/10 06. "I Could Be Dreaming" 5:56 10.0/10 07. "We Rule the School" 3:27 09.5/10 08. "My Wandering Days Are Over" 5:25 09.0/10 09. "I Don't Love Anyone" 3:56 09.5/10 10. "Mary Jo" 3:30 08.0/10 Original 1982 Release 89.0/100 = 8.9 / 2 = 4.45

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

The group come out peeking from behind their dole cheques for their debut. The template for what they were is here. Stuart Murdoch comes across as the Morrissey who would be ok to hang out with. Possibly too twee for some, you can't fault the lyrics and melodies. Put on your horn rimmed specs and sit back a listen to the misery and neuroticism hiding underneath those pretty melodies. Ignore that electronic track though - it's shit. Best Tracks: The State I Am In; Expectations; I Don't Love Anyone

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Pleasant sounding, very melodic indie album. The gentle vocals remind me of John Cale's singing, but at times they sound a bit too weak for my taste.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Back in the late nineties Belle and Sebastian made quite some impact with their first three albums. The album opens with "State I Am In" - perhaps their most definitive song: either like you this song and the type of lyrics and you will like the band ..or you don't and in the latter case there is not much need to check out the rest of their oeuvre. Some other highlights: I Could Be Dreaming and Electronic Renaissance. The album overall has a demo feel and still has its charms. It is not their strongest effort though (and I was a bit surprised to see it on the list). Some of the songs are a bit too twee for my taste. So I would not be inclined to give this album the full five stars but still rate it as a very solid 4.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

I know this is from the 90s, but this sound is so 2006-2008 for me it's wild. I've always loved Belle and also Sebastian equally. Their initials spell BS, but you know what this album isn't???

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Always #available for some B&S

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

gentle bedroom acoustic indie for poetry writers and people who made mixtapes

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Nice easy melodies. Interesting lyrics.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

twee and enjoyable.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Is nice, I like

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

listened to again warm and fuzzy indie jams

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Absolute Banger. Rarely any downtime. Only a a few skippable tracks

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

I quite liked this. Good back story to the band too.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

B&S er søte greier. Jeg hadde ikke hørt på dette albumet før. Kult cover. Søte sanger. man kan kanskje argumentere for at alt de lager er likt. Men siden dette er det første albumet, så da er det kanskje litt tidlig å spille ut det kortet. Vokalisten oser ikke tradisjonell maskulinitet - men jeg liker stilen. We rule the school var et høydepunkt. Minimalistisk start, og svulstig avslutning. Fin oppbygning. Nokså sårt. Jeg opplever at det nikkes høflig til Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D-major (jeg googlet meg frem her til komponisten). Jeg elsker slike sanger. Mary Jo var også fin. enkel og søt pop. Hadde dette bandet bestått av kosebamser og enhjørninger ville jeg ikke blitt overrasket. det er lyden av rosa og sukkerspinn.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

p778. 1996. 4 stars. So this is what the bastard love children of Donovan and Albert Lee sound like. Bittersweet songs, sharp lyrics and a sense of melancholy. All that is missing are some standout tunes. On the replay list.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

For whatever reason, I went into this album assuming I wouldn't like it. I was wrong and ended up really liking the chilled, almost indie, sound.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Indie pop agradable. Venga, un 4 por ti.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

A lovely folky, twee debut. You can tell that this was very influential on so many 2000s indie bands. 4.5

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

A beautiful, melancholic album full of clever observations and melodies.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Ik ken iemand die Sebastiaan heet. Ik weet niet of hij ook zo'n beest met borstvoeding is. De muziek klinkt eigenlijk veel serieuzer dan ik zou verwachten. De melodietjes zijn vrolijk, soms doet het wat Mexicaans aan met de trompetjes en de Spaanse gitaartjes. Mijn favorieten zijn "She's Losing It" en "My Wandering Days Are Over". ****

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Wed May 04 2022
4

much better than I expected...could be a 5 with more listens.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I had no idea what to expect, but ended up really enjoying this one. It's a really nice, soothing pop album to have playing in the background. I can't quite give it 5 stars though.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Sweet and kind-hearted feeling

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Wow - a second Belle And Sebastian album? OK let's do this... I suspect my feelings on this are the same as they were with my first B&S review: I would have hated this 30 years ago and now I hear it as gorgeous and shy and delicate and introspective - highly melodic, clear instrumentation... Just lovely and another keeper. 8/10 4 stars.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Not bad

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

You know what. It's actually pretty bloody good.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

I've been wanting to get into this group for a while and what a perfect way to start with the debut. It's amazing this was all recorded live in three days, 'cause it sounds so realized and so full of potential. These are some amazing tunes with equally thought-out lyricism and message.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Intro de The State I am in é interessante. We rule the Scholl é boa

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Already a big Belle & Sebastian fan (seeing them in a few months) but only know a couple from Tigermilk. 'The State I Am In' has immediately become on of my favourites from them. Overall a great album - if you like Belle & Sebastian then you'll like this. Real easy-listening and lovely melodies.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Never heard of this group, was very enjoyable, pleasant surprise. Chilled out airy stuff.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Of the records I’ve listened to so far, I know next to nothing about this group. I’m reminded of the Smiths and just about every indie group ever. I love “The State I’m In.” “Expectations” is also great and I’m struck by the immersive imagery and unique turns of phrase. The first four songs are great tunes, though I felt that the “Electronic Renaissance,” though fun, is a weaker track. The second half of the album is still strong with compelling lyrics and catchy hooks. Not a super revolutionary record but the songs are pretty great with clever and at times melancholy lyrics — I can see if this album is legendary in the indie/twee sphere!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Great folk album. Style for days. I'll have to check out more from belle and Sebastian

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Mostly good to great stuff. Big fan.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Initially, I wasn't feeling it...but it got better. From track 5 on, there were some eclectic instrument choices — trumpet solo, tambourines, strings, electric guitar — that kept it interesting. It was a strange journey and really felt like a throwback pop sound, even some surf rock, but then closes with like a HELLA 90s vibe. Love that.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

A nice mix of classic and alternative. Good texts too.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

A really lovely debut with some truly beautiful songs. Electronic Renaissance was an... interesting diversion that I don't think quite worked, but everything else was great

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Witty, worry and pop-literate. Lots of fun, with a delivery from the 'ex-choirboy who's seen some shit' school.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Quite enjoyed this, might be the album, might be because I’m at the beach on holiday…

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

This was a good album. I really enjoy the energy of this album and would re-listen to pretty much all of it. "Electronic Renaissance" being one of the lowlights of the album. The first two tracks were probably the best of the album with my personal favorite being "The State I Am In". "I Could Be Dreaming" was a song that I enjoyed, but didn't necessarily feel as though it fit the album in the way I wanted it to. "My Wandering Days Are Over" was another song I liked quite a bit. Overall a really good album that I would enjoy listening to again.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

I have always thought of Belle & Sebastian of a band not of its time. Then late 60s influence is apparent in both the lush music and introspective lyrics. It is very impressive, especially for a debut. At the time it stood out for its overt melodicism, especially compared to Britpop. Very good, but not great melodies costs it a star.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Ofboðslega falleg plata. Takk fyrir mig !

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Lush yet simple and very heartfelt production quality.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Just enjoyable. Songs had a similar sound but changed it up enough for each song to be discernable, and the big change ups like the electronic focus in Electronic Renaissance was always nice. Nothing hugely amazing here, but would happily listen to the entire album again, and I'm looking forward to their other album on the 1001 list.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

on tourne un peu en rond mais mimi

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

C'est comme avec les tâches ménagères, je me suis laissé depasser

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

All the songs are good in the same way, but they all sound the same in different ways

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I really like Belle & Sebastien...The Boy With th Arab Strap, If You're Feeling Sinister, Dear Catastrophe Waitress all 4 star albums in my book. But somehow I never heard this album, I certainly knew of it but never heard it before today. It is on a par with the other three albums. Very upbeat, as is typical superbly arranged and beautiful whispy vocals that draw you into the complex yet accessible melodies. A beautiful album 4.5 stars

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Early alt indie. Cool!

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

A beautiful album, wish it had a little bit more grab but there are some great songs here. Precursor to a lot of aughts indie.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Enjoyed this for a long time. Lo-fi jingly jangly songs about real things and real life- vocals are sincere and vulnerable but have impact, great stuff!

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Another pretty alright Belle & Sebastian album. Fucks me up that it’s a band named Belle & Sebastian and not two people with those names. 7/10

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

7/10. Maybe only a 6, but idk these guys are starting to grow on me a bit

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

8/10 will listen again. good mix of vibes but overall a peaceful and sometimes funny feeling.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Thought i whole album of belle and sebastian would be too much for me, but it didn't grate at all.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Oh man, another one of the bands I got introduced to by my awesome, music loving, hipster co-workers in the early 2000s. This used to be on heavy rotation in the office. Love the lush sound - the strings, horns, unique and peaceful vocals. Great album

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