Sunday, March 12, 2017

Belle and Sebastian - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

Belle and Sebastian released their fourth album in 2000.  It opens with I Fought In A War, which builds gradually, adding guitar, strings and brass to Stuart Murdoch's voice, developing into something akin to Love's Alone Again Or.  There are plenty of classy pop tunes here such as The Model, The Wrong Girl, the Murdoch/Isobel Campbell duet Women's Realm and the dippy Nice Day for a Sulk.

The Stuart David / Isobel Campbell duet Beyond the Sunrise and Chalet Lines plod along without really going anywhere.  Better are Sarah Martin's Waiting for the Moon to Rise which has a decent swing to it, and the slow-burning, string-laden Don't Leave the Light On, Baby.  Twee-ness is never too far away, particularly on Isobel Campbell's Family Tree but they maintain a certain charm throughout.  So overall, if you've already bought into this band, there's a good chance you might enjoy this album.