Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap - 1998 Indie Pop Rock LP

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Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap



Label: Matador - OLE 311-8
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, gatefold, obi strip
Country: US
Released: 2014
1998 Original Release
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock

Credits: Artwork By [Layout] - Andrew Symington
Mastered By - Tim Dennen
Photography - El Zober
Recorded By - Tony Doogan
Recorded By [Assistant] - Dave Naughton , Willie Deans
Rating: 5.0/5


Tracklisting:

A1 It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career (2:23)
A2 Sleep The Clock Around (4:58)
Bagpipes - Ian MacKay
A3 Is It Wicked Not To Care? (3:22)
A4 Ease Your Feet In The Sea (3:35)
A5 A Summer Wasting (2:06)
A6 Seymour Stein (4:42)


B1 A Space Boy Dream (3:01)
B2 Dirty Dream Number Two (4:14)

B3 The Boy With The Arab Strap (5:14)
B4 Chickfactor (3:32)
B5 Simple Things (1:46)
B6 The Rollercoaster Ride (6:40)


Eight-person band Belle & Sebastian prove that pop is not confined to the brainless bubblegum genre. The melancholy melodies of "Boy With the Arab Strap" show Belle & Sebastian at their peak, with their gently complex music and quietly restrained pop songs.
Like all of Belle & Sebastian's albums, it takes a musically trained ear as well as an appreciation for style and meaning in music in order to appreciate and enjoy them. Many of my favorite songs of all time are on this album: "Sleep Around the Clock," "It Could've Been a Brilliant Career," and "Dirty Dream Number Two." Along with these songs, almost all the songs on this album have very touching meanings in their lyrics and innovative composition. I have listened to this album dozens of times and each time I hear and appreciate something new within each song. It is a must buy for any Belle & Sebastian fan.



The songs brim over with vague unhappiness, an ethereal sense of how the world is full of misery. It's best shown in "Boy With the Arab Strap": Stuart Murdoch sings with deceptive perkiness, "Do you ever feel you have gone too far?/Everyone suffers in silence a burden..." Murdoch let the others do several of the songs for this album, which gives a vague, weird feeling of creative unevenness.

Stuart Murdoch does most of the vocals, and his murmuring voice seems perfectly suited to the songs. And the piano and shimmering violin are backed up by the keyboard, organs, jazzy percussion, delicate chimes and little sonic flourishes like a jet going overhead. One highlight is the delicious bagpipe solo in "Sleep the Clock Around," which completely dominates the music.





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Condition New
Format LP
Label Matador Records