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GOD HELP THE GIRL

* Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch presents his new musical project God Help The Girl

* Features an array of female vocalists, Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy, the members of Belle and Sebastian, and a 45-piece orchestra conducted by 'Withnail & I' composer Rick Wentworth

God Help The Girl is a story set to music, which Stuart Murdoch ... Read more in Amazon's God Help the Girl Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0027REDZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act of the Apostle - Catherine Ireton
2. God Help The Girl - Catherine
3. Pretty Eve In The Tub - Stuart, Catherine
4. A Unified Theory - Instrumental
5. Hiding Neath My Umbrella - Catherine, Stuart
6. Funny Little Frog - Brittany Stallings
7. If You Could Speak - Catherine, Anna Miles
8. Musician Please Take Heed - Catherine
9. Perfection as a Hipster - Neil Hannon, Catherine
10. Come Monday Night - Catherine
11. Music Room Window - instrumental
12. I Just Want His Jeans - Asya
13. I'll Have To Dance With Cassie - Catherine
14. A Down and Dusky Blonde - Dina Bankole, Catherine, Celia Garcia, Brittany, Asya

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Lr Stephens on 25 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I sat down ready and excited to listen to this CD, and I admit the first listen to it I was quite dissapointed. For some reason I was thinking it was going to have a Belle and Sebastian-esq sound to it, but that is exactly the whole point of the CD, Stewart put it together because the songs didnt fit belle and sebastian.
I have no idea how many times I have heard the CD-Im loving it! The girls all have beautiful voices and all fit in together, the sound is sexy and fresh and as usual with Murdock his lyrics are unique and you will only get them on many listens after, which then brings me to the only fault of the Cd, it is suppose to be a story put to words and I have read the story and I cant really fit it to the music/lyrics. Some little snippets have some reference about her eating and having to have routine, the only three songs which I think have relavance is God help the Girl, I just want your jeans and A down and dusky blonde....which are some of the best songs :) But none the less I love this cant get the tunes out of my head!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Berwick on 19 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Over three years in the making this new album from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian is well worth the wait.Thick with melody and narrative it really draws you in to the story of our heroine.Mainly sung by Catherine Ireton with help from Stuart each track is an appealing vignette that grows on every listen.Very 'musical' it works on every level.I am always wary of 'concept' albums but this is like nothing I have heard for a long time.I had only one minor gripe,the re-arranged 'Funny Little Frog' doesnt really work for me but really that is a small price to pay for this beautiful album.9/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Spencer on 30 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Belle and Sebastian fan for years and bought the CD on that basis. I never thought that it would be as good as this though. The album consists of great Stuart Murdoch songs being taken to a whole new level by some very talented female vocalists. Catherine Ireton deserves to be singled out as her voice brings a warmth to the songs that Murdoch probably never could. Her voice has a bit of a Karen Carpenter ring to it and there's no bigger compliment than that in my opinion. Act of the Apostle (formerly Act of the Apostle II) has been transformed into something really incredible and it's hard to listen to the version on The Life Pursuit without thinking about how it pales compared to this.

So in summary. If you're a Belle and Sebastian fan I think you're going to love this. This has so much cross over potential though and anyone with a love of great melodies and literate lyrics should also be smitten. I really hope that it's not the last we hear of Catherine Ireton.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rhiannon on 28 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I haven't yet read the story but am on my 4th repeat of the album (must also read the lyrics in full as at the moment I'm just picking up the odd fascinating snippet)and in the unlikely event of the concept turning out to be nonsense the music is so gorgeous Stuart and the girls could be singing the Yellow Pages and it'd still be just fab .

I think, and this is a bold statement ,this may be even better than Belle & Sebastian. The songs are all wonderful, it's crisply produced, gorgeous strings, swirling lush harmonies. Do hope there are plans to perform this in full in concert.

Favourite song so far is I'll Have To dance With Cassie. I love the bossy instruction the singer gives to " shuffle to the left " and
" boogie to the right"
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A few years ago I went into Music Zone in Doncaster to look for albums by an artist I had read about in a magazine (Rodrigo y Gabriella) but I couldnt remember the name, so at the counter I explained it was a duo, a girl and a boy, they were (I thought) South American, and they were really talented guitarists. The staff gave me the headphones and played me "Dear Catastrophe Waitress". As soon as I heard "Stay Loose" I was hooked, and now, 10 albums later (I still have to get Tiger Milk and a couple of the singles) I would describe myself as a fan, I am even signed on with their website. For anybody who doesnt know who B&S are, they are Glasgows finest (without the accent), and they are probably the biggest global act from GB, though you dont see or hear too much about them in the media. They have a dedicated fan base (this boy in London wants to know when you are going to grace us with a couple of nights at Wembley Arena) and the songs usually have some storyline, a snippet of their everyday life and experience, a bit like Ray Davies and a little bit like Lennon-McCartney, especially when they do the really sweet tune with the barbed sarcastic lyrics. Still I suppose it shows you cared! Musically B&S are pirates, taking influences from everybody, but especially the 1960s, making something new and always original. "God Bless The Girl" is a soundtrack for a movie (of the same name I believe) distilled from the bands' catalogue and particularly Stuart Murdoch's experiences. It would be worth buying for the "soul" production of "Funny Little Frog" on its own, which at some point in time will hit the charts. Great album, cant wait to see the film, cant wait to see the band!
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First bought this several months back, and played it once, and didn't really get it. Fortunately I gave it another chance this week, and have fallen in love with it. It seems to go very nicely with rain! I mean that in a positive way though, in the same way that rain looks better in a black and white early sixties film, perhaps a French one. Full of stylishy dressed beautiful young existentialist men and women, those wonderful Citroen cars, neon lit signs and billowing Gauloise smoke...maybe it's 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' I am subliminally thinking of.

I am really enjoying all the female singers featured on this album. However, Catherine Ireton, the singer on perhaps 4 or 5 songs woven through the album, has something particularly clear, chiming and gorgeous about her voice. Another reviewer has mentioned Karen Carpenter, blessed with one of the most extraordinary female voices of the last 40 years. I agree in that it's a voice that's equally as pleasant on the ear, with a rare combination of such gorgeous velvety tones and sparkingly clear diction.

But I realised that I have been reminded more of the female vocalist from The Seekers - Judith Durham - particularly when she sang that haunting song, 'The Carnival is Over'. She also sang the theme to the kitchen sink sixties classic film, 'Georgy Girl'. And it's the cinematic quality that I like about this slightly retro album. It's not dated though, it's timeless. I was also reminded on a couple of tracks of good old St. Etienne, who inhabited similar territory in the late eighties.

Hiding Neath My Umbrella has to be mentioned too - such clever song-writing, beautiful lyrics and melodies, delivered so perfectly as a boy girl duet.
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