I like it. It’s been on constant replay since I got it a few days ago. (Next Isobel Campbell’s Amorino will have to take it’s place. Followed by Stereolab’s latest, which is sadly only an EP.)
I was trying to write a nice review of the entire CD as I listened to it, but I kept just mentioning specific songs. So, thats the post I will write. My thoughts on each song.
Step Into My Office, Baby
I love the sound of this song. Finger snapping beat, combined with Stuart’s lovely voice. Then, you get to the lyrics which are filled with these awful workplace euphemisms. I just imagine them writing this song and laughing uproariously at bad bad jokes. That makes me like it even more.
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
More fingersnapping. I like the stops and starts in this song. And, the up and down patterns of his voice as he sings the song. Another Belle and Sebastian song about an anonymous put upon female.
If She Wants Me
In listening to the CD, I thought of this CD as Belle and Sebastian jumping from a 60s sound to an 80s song. This is one of the songs that really made me think that. Some of the high ends of sentences really reminds me of Fine Young Cannibals. (I know it’s a stretch. I didn’t say exactly the same. It just reminded me.) Lyrics that I love: “If I could do just one near perfect thing I’d be happy” “On second thougst I’d rather hang about abe there with my best friend.”
Piazza, New York Catcher
A Glagslow band singing about a baseball player from New York. Talking about hanging out in San Francisco, and questioning the sexuality of the catcher. Fun. Acoustic guitar and Murdoch’s voice. Yeah. I liked it. It might be my favorite song on the CD.
Asleep on a Sunbeam
This is the song that is going to take me the longest to really stick with me. It just sounds very similar to other songs. That’s not a complaint. I adore Sarah’s voice. Sweet, and strong. It’s just not as much of a departure as most of this CD is.
I’m A Cuckoo
another song that has an 80s vibe to it. It might just be because the lyrics in this song are so similar to things I have been thinking about lately, but I think this song is ace. A belle and sebastian staple, sad lyrics mixed with happy fun music. Smiling your way through the pain.
You Don’t Send Me
The start of this song makes me want a margarita. And a beach. And some pineapple.
Wrapped Up In Books
As I go through the songs I find that I have less and less to say without repeating myself. I guess, I should have stuck with a review style. But, I already started. So, instead I will talk about the liner notes. They were top notch. I laughed at several points, and yes, the next time I can’t show up I will say “My aqaurium broke.”
Great song. A definite throwback to the old style of songs they were writing. I guess it was written back then, or they just wanted to write one so they could show that they still knew how to do it.
If You Find Yourself Caught In Love
Jovial pop song that makes you want to stand up and dance around. The song takes and abrupt sober turn by the end wordswise, but it never loses it’s fun happy sound.
I like the part in the middle of the song when the music stops and it’s just singing and the clicking of fingers.
New Wave meets Belle and Sebastian? Maybe. I don’t know. This song goes on forever, it seems. It’s a nice end to a great CD.
Clearly, writing about music is not my forte. I won’t be expecting a call from Rolling Stone, Spin or Archie Doouble Digest any day soon. I did love the CD. Truth be known, there is a lot from Storytelling I like (Scooby Driver. FUN!) So, might taste might not line up with most B+S fans who seem to hate that CD.
What I like most is how this CD sounds so new and different, while still sounding so entirely Belle and Sebastian.