I’m a music snob. More given to cheerfully mocking the taste of my friends (or, diplomatically holding my tongue) than following the CD-buying trend set by my peers. Let them rave about Lateralus and All That You Can’t Leave Behind; I’ll stick to my The Hour of Bewilderbeast and Liquid Skin. Yep, I need to get over myself. Badly.
So I’m a little dismissive last Friday when my best friend’s girlfriend tries to foist an MD off on me. She compiled it herself, apparently for mine own listening pleasure. “It’s really good!” she says, like a good host trying to get a guest to try the spinach. “You’ll love it! Promise!”
Who could refuse? So I took her little plastic square of music, tucked it in my pocket and promptly forgot about it. Until this afternoon when I did the washing. And that was how I was introduced to Belle and Sebastian.
Much to my dismay, I liked what I heard. I liked a lot - enough to even motivate me to go out and start buying CDs. The MD I have in my possession is a mix of Belle and Sebastian songs, but I’m not sure from which albums they are from. At the moment, I’m especially liking “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, “If You’re Feeling Sinister” and “Sleep The Clock Around”. Tender, strong melodies. Understated instrumentation. Subtle bass lines. Sad, aching lyrics. I love this stuff!
So what should I go out and get first? I remembering hearing Belle and Sebastian had a recent album (last year?) Is it any good, or should I start with the old stuff first? I know the band is Scottish; how many members are in it? Is there a dominant singer/songwriter, or are they are more of a group effort?
And most of all, how did they slip under my radar for so long?
I know I could go Google these questions, but I’d rather hear it from the Dopers first.