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Belle and Sebastian

Boy with the Arab Strap [LP]

Boy with the Arab Strap [LP]

UPC: 744861031185

Format: LP

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Belle and Sebastian includes: Stuart Murdoch, Stuart David, Isobel Campbell, Stevie Jackson.
Additional personnel: Gail Anderson, Claire Campbell, Eilidh Campbell, Euan Forrester, David D. MacKay, Sarah Wilson (strings); Ian MacKay (pipes); Neil Robertson (bass).
After 1997's IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER made them critics' darlings, Scottish octet Belle And Sebastian ran straight into a series of label woes, and into the inevitable feeding frenzy that surrounds a free agent with their prodigious talents. Their experience with one label exec is detailed in "Seymour Stein" on THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP, which finds the band building on the pastoral pop charms of SINISTER, adding a palpable layer of anger and an increasingly rich sonic palette to their painfully shy tales of despair.
Near-overnight success taught the band a lot. This album moves from their trademark confessional diary sketches (still in abundance, as on the disarmingly naive "Is It Wicked Not To Care," and the tender "Rollercoaster Ride") to genuine social criticism, as on the title track, a narrative meditation on Britain's pretensions and societal ills. "Chickfactor" pulls apart the banality the band encountered on arrival in New York, an experience which only served to deepen the bashful anger that makes Belle and Sebastian so endearing.

Tracks:

1 - It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
2 - Sleep the Clock Around
3 - Is it Wicked Not to Care?
4 - Ease Your Feet in the Sea
5 - Summer Wasting
6 - Seymour Stein
7 - Space Boy Dream
8 - Dirty Dream Number Two
9 - Boy With the Arab Strap
10 - Chickfactor
11 - Simple Things
12 - Rollercoaster Ride