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Storytelling [Soundtrack]

Belle & Sebastian Audio CD
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Belle & Sebastian release The Third Eye Centre - a collection of B-sides, rarities, and non-LP tracks from the last decade. The album is on CD, download, and on vinyl as a gatefold double LP.

The 19 tracks are taken from the Glaswegian band’s last 3 albums – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006) and Write About Love (2010). The album can be seen as ... Read more in Amazon's Belle & Sebastian Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Jeepster Recordings
  • ASIN: B000065C3J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Dialogue: Conan, Early Letterman (Dialogue)0:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fuck This Shit 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Night Walk 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dialogue: Jersey's Where It's At (Dialogue)0:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Black and White Unite 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Consuelo 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dialogue: Toby (Dialogue)0:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Storytelling 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dialogue: Class Rank (Dialogue)0:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Don't Want to Play Football0:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Consuelo Leaving 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wandering Alone 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dialogue: Mandingo Cliché (Dialogue) 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen18. Big John Shaft 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Given Belle & Sebastian's eccentric way of doing things, it's hardly surprising their soundtrack to the Todd Solondz movie, Storytelling, did not work out quite as planned. Plenty of bands have written scores to imaginary movies. Belle & Sebastian, however, have composed an imaginary soundtrack to an existing movie; only six minutes of this music was actually used in the film, and plenty was completed after the film was released. The weird thing is, it all fits together rather nicely. Storytelling is a more consistent beast than the last couple of B&S albums, with no obvious moments of real shambling horror. Instead, the discipline of writing (vaguely) to order seems to have made the band perversely less uptight. So Stevie Jackson's ambling harmonica piece, "F*ck this Sh*t", is a close cousin of his beautiful work with the Bill Wells Trio--and also, explicitly, Dylan's soundtrack to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.

Amid the lilting instrumentals and snatches of dialogue from Solondz' fine movie, there are a clutch of quietly impressive songs. "Black and White Unite" continues Stuart Murdoch's artful reorganisation of the legacies of Love and Simon & Garfunkel, while on "I Don't Want To Play Football" he chooses to stereotype himself further as the sickly child always picked last at games. Best of all, there's "Storytelling" itself, in which Sarah Martin pursues the issues of authorial responsibility tackled by Solondz in the movie. "In directions, actions and words, cause and effect, you need consistency", she politely chastises, targeting Solondz as much as his characters. This is retribution, Belle & Sebastian style: truly, revenge has never been so sweet. --John Mulvey

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 9 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is truly the most diverse Belle and Sebastian album yet. Much of the album contains quiet, acoustic songs - without lyrics, but these are cleverly interspersed with dialogues (from the film) and more classic Belle and Sebastian tracks. There are other surprises to come, Scooby Driver is very different to any of the band's previous songs, but is still great. It seems that Belle and Sebastian can master whatever they put their minds to - what will they do next?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it gets good eventually. 28 Jun 2002
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having witnessed them play live recently and then feeling that they have lost their magic recently, my love for belle & sebastian began to wane slightly, and when i put this album on for the first time i thought it had gone forever.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super soundscapes from Scottish soulsters 6 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Storytelling is a wonderful collection of songs, instrumental tracks and clips from the eponymous movie. I'm a passionate B&S fan but I enjoyed this more on first listen than their last album. Its fabulously chilled out: tracks like Night Walk could be from an acoustic version of Moon Safari by Air. But the band prove they can up the tempo as well on tracks like Scooby Driver and Storytelling. I think this is an album with a broad appeal and not just for existing fans - so get in there!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars words and music 3 Sep 2003
By crispin
Format:Audio CD
this is Belle and Sebastians fourth album and is most definately the most different. It has been written as a kind of 'extended soundtrack' to the film of the same name. the first five tracks are instrumental and, as pieces of music they are very good, but they did not live up to my expectations of they pop-rock-ballad songs from the other albums. these do come however in the guise of the two songs 'storytelling' and 'scooby driver'. i found the best song on the album to be the mildly bizarre 'dialogue: mandingo cliche'.
The album hails more to 'fold your hands child...' than any of the bands other albums but cannot be compared in a way because it is so different. Die-hard fans will buy it, and many will enjoy it, but for people just discovering the band, start with 'tigermilk' or 'if you're feeling sinister'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belle & Seb do Jackanory 7 April 2004
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It's funny how particular regions or cities possess very specific modern musical traditions: Liverpool's Merseybeat and its 80s alternative bedrock; Manchester of the late-80s and early 90s (not to mention the current likes of Doves and Elbow); and the West Midlands tradition of old-school heavy metal.
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 13 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I didn't see the film that this is the soundtrack for but I heard it was pretty dire. Luckily this album isn't! It is true that this is an odd album! It starts off with a few instrumentals with a few sound bites thrown in for good measure. You will have to listen to this album a few times through until it begins to sound good, but if you do this then you will realise that it is an amazing album!!
This is by no means B&S' best album, that award is taken by Tigermilk, but it is still a brilliant album! If you have never listened to B&S before then get Tigermilk! If you have heard any of their other stuff then this album will make clear the diversity that the band has! BUY IT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it...
"Oh no, they've really lost it... I've liked them from Tigermilk" "A real return to form after a lacklustre few albums" These are the comments that have met every Belle and... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2004 by "cly_and_tell"
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm does not really do it for me
Maybe I'm not quite the fan I thought I was, all of B&S's previous albums have beame true classics in my music collection, I think they're great. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2003 by PA Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars A "Harlem Globetrotters" album
Diverse. Well maybe but personally I just found it didn't hang together at all. Kind of like a pre-season friendly where its both teams in name but what you see on the field is... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2002 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars good on the most part few dodgy tracks though
with the recent peel session and probably their best single yet in i'm waking up to us expectations wereh going to be high for the latest belle and sebastian lp. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars The state that I am in
Having enjoyed B & S's work since introduced by Mark & Lard on the graveyard shift, I am always eager to get my hands on their latest offering. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Good B&S album
Even though many of the songs were not ready at the time the movie was released, the album is very much like an original soundtrack. This is good for one and bad for one reason. Read more
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