Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap

Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap


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Gatefold vinyl reissue of Belle And Sebastian's third album.

"Most of the way through, The Boy With The Arab Strap is a typically gorgeous early Belle And Sebastian album. When it came out in 1998 — it felt instantly familiar. Murdoch’s songs, uniformly excellent, built on the same plush self-deprecation that he’d used on If You’re Feeling Sinister. It never felt as new or as exciting as that album, but a song like “Sleep The Clock Around” captured the spirit of the band about as well as it could be captured. There were embellishments — horns, bagpipes, Motown-style string sections. On a few isolated moments, like the Hammond organ intro from the title track, they almost sounded soulful. But Belle And Sebastian were built for embellishments, so those tweaks never hurt the band’s appeal. And honestly, it’s remarkable that a group this shy could find a way to keep its spirit intact when the world started paying attention." Stereogum

  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. A Summer Wasting
  6. Seymour Stein
  7. A Space Boy Dream
  8. Dirty Dream Number Two
  9. The Boy With The Arab Strap
  10. Chickfactor
  11. Simple Things
  12. The Rollercoaster Ride


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