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|3. Dialogue: Conan, Early Letterman|
|4. Fuck This Shit|
|5. Night Walk|
|6. Dialogue: Jersey's Where It's At|
|7. Black And White Unite|
|9. Dialogue: Toby|
|11. Dialogue: Class Rank|
|12. I Don't Want To Play Football|
|13. Consuelo Leaving|
|14. Wandering Alone|
|15. Dialogue: Mandingo Cliche|
|16. Scooby Driver|
|17. Fiction Reprise|
|18. Big John Shaft|
however, with it being belle and sebastian i decided to give it a few more listens and give it a chance before dismissing it...and them completely. now I have to try hard to get some of these tracks out of my head.
what you really have to remember about this album is that it is not a typical belle & sebastian album, but a soundtrack so you really treat it as such. that said, they still manage to show they're greatness through their instrumentals and lyrical ability on tracks such as "wandering alone" and "big john shaft". their choice of dialogues from the film seem to fit the album perfectly too.
with this album, belle & sebastian manage to show us that they can produce a record differently to their usual style and in a different context and still produce something wonderful.
like i said, give it a few listens.
And, swayed by regional stereotypes, it's always a pleasant surprise that Glasgow has been the purveyor of some of the finest, most melodic, pop music these islands have produced. No, I'm not talking about Lena Zavaroni (nor Del Amitri - Stupid!) No, for whilst Roddy Frame has ploughed a lone, but productive songwriting furrow, and while Teenage Fanclub have consistently made the Beach Boys sound like Slipknot, Belle & Sebastian have emerged as the nation's most unlikely arch melody-mongers and puveyors of understated witt.
This album is a compilation of songs written for Todd Solondz's film Storytelling - only about 6 minutes of the music actually made it onto the film, but Belle & Sebastian developed what was left, and this is the outstanding result. It's a mixed bag which includes its fair share of incidental soundtrack. In the whimsical harmonica and strings of "F*** This Sh*t" we might imagine our protagonist walking, hands pocketed, stopping to browse a shop window, buying a paper and having an unheard chat with the vendor.
"Night Walk's" simple piano melody skipping across a dreamy string-scape, however, suggests our subject is in more reflective mood, perhaps thinking back to better times. Make what you will of "Consuelo's" bittersweet blending of melancholy harp, brass and foreboding strings.Read more ›