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Album Review: Belle and Sebastian- Write About Love by jason
October 12, 2010, 9:00 am
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Belle and Sebastian-Belle and Sebastian Write About Love. Matador Records, 2010.

As a fan of Belle and Sebastian, I’m cautious when they release new stuff. Their last two albums, Dear Catastrophe Waitress and especially The Life Pursuit felt both overproduced and unfocused, as if the band wasn’t quite sure what they wanted to be. They were both good albums, but the band was nothing like the Belle and Sebastian of If You’re Feeling Sinister.

If you are looking for a return to form on Write About Love, forget it. That band has grown up, moved out, and gotten respectable. However, while I think all B & S fans long for the days of old, what we find in this new album is a band much more sure of themselves. The result is an album that is more soulful than precious, and much more “whole” than anything they’ve done in a while. In fact, while none of these songs stand out as well as The Life Pursuit‘s “Dress Up In You” or “To Be Myself Completely,” there is no nonsense like “Song for Sunshine” or “Sukie in the Graveyard,” either.

Write About Love is surprisingly less “twee” than their previous albums, which, given the title, is a little ironic. While, as I said, nothing stands out like some of their previous singles, some highlight tracks are “I Want the World to Stop,” “I Didn’t See it Coming” (which is probably the most old-school Belle and Sebastian song on here), and Stuart’s duet with Norah Jones, “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John.”

Overall, it’s a great album if you aren’t expecting another If You’re Feeling Sinister or Tigermilk. Those wandering days are over.

-jason

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