Fold your hands... Probably one of the strangest title ever used is just an equisite record. Being a big fan of B&S, I have had underated this album like many others, feeling that their magic was fading away... lacking of the bullish honest, twisted and witty lyrics of Tigermilk, the emotional depth of Sinister and the carefree soulful feeling of Arab Strap... Wondering well... what's all about fold your hands then.
Then i listened to it a few times, dropped it to put back sinister and arab strap as top of my playlists... Till i rediscovered it recently and one have to admit that the imperfections which have quietly contributed to the cult status of B&S for being what pop band should be... honest, and outside the mediatic corruption of a happy soul... ( sorry... was about to use the lyrics of the loneliness of middle distance runner as review material... shame on me!)
Well, the arrangements of Fold your hands are near perfection ( the end of "the model" is just wonderful musically...), a wonderful blend of strings, piano, flutes, horns... the still astonishing vocal perfomance of Stuart, Isobel, Chris and co.
The Lyrics then? Ok, I'll agree that If your feeling sinister, the state that I am in or Ease your feet are ( in my opinion only..) more powerful than any of the tracks... Although, overall and after having listened to this album so many times that i feel confident enough to review it, from " I fought in a war" to "there's too much love", it covers so many aspects of life, from despair, hurt, salvation, nostalgia, hopes and hopelessness... this album is just a violent ( but gentle looking ) rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of life.
This how B&S are growing up, Fold your hands shines on how it has been blissfully constructed. A beautiful pastoral symphony.
Can't wait till the next album [.......]Buy it. You will listen to this album two years after with the same pleasure - if not more!!!