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Bell & Sebastian Go Mainstream

Posten on: 2006-01-23 04:53:05

The Life Persuit - 2005"Belle and Sebastian" is one of those bands who enjoy a fair size cult of mostly laid-back intelectual types, who love their non-mainstream releases. "Unfortunately" for their fans, The Life Pursuit, the seventh album from the lads from Glasgow, threatens to break the non-commercial record. The mainstream has never been so tilted to the left, and Belle and Sebastian's previous twee approach has been gently left behind to produce an extremely consistent single album.Culled from the original double, the mellow, smooth, sensitive song chores remain, as does the pop sensibility (think The Smiths fronted by Art Garfunkel instead of Morrisey), but the combination with a wonderful 70s glam rock sound sharpens the edge and gives it more energy. It's not quite Franz Ferdinand, fortunately, but the spikiness of the Life Pursuit makes it the best way into Belle and Sebastian for someone who hasn't yet taken the plunge.

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