|1. The State I Am In|
|3. She's Losing It|
|4. You're Just A Baby|
|5. Electronic Renaissance|
|6. I Could Be Dreaming|
|7. We Rule The School|
|8. My Wandering Days Are Over|
|9. I Don't Love Anyone|
|10. Mary Jo|
Many critics were won over by the band's lo-fi, shambling homeliness, while others could only see tweeness rearing its ugly head. The truth lies in between. The songs, couched in deceptively simple arrangements (and captured beautifully by ex-Associate, Alan Rankine) are actually deft, articulate tales of modern love.
Up until this point the band (which still contained Isobel Campbell) were fitting their music in between their day jobs. Such was the critical (and commercial) response to Tigermilk that they turned professional. Whether you love or hate them, this is where it all started. --Dennis O'Dell
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The opening song for example tells the story of a young man whos life has strayed from his childhood dreams, not neccessarily through any fault of his own but more life seems to have been against him from the start, which is beautifully conveyed with clever lyrics: "the priest in the booth had a photographic memory...wrote a pocket novel called the state i am in".
The clever attention to detail continues and when you notice the wonderful little link between the first song and the last you'll be laughing because it is so perfectly done. the girl whos life is going nowhere: "she's reading the book the state i am in, but it doesnt help at all" :D brilliant.
The best Belle And Seb song ever written in my mind is also here, "I Could Be Dreaming" yet another wonderful tale with a simple but effective tune that instantly hooks you.
I could talk for a long time on every song on this album, but there is a word limit so i better sum up by telling you that you must own this, after a few listens you will be in love and it will never be far from your cd player.
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It's so refreshing to hear intelligent, poetic lyrics that don't feel the need to rhyme when it doesn't fit. Beautiful memorable melodies with simplistic chord structures married together with vast sensitivity. Although they are simplistic, the are so in a deliberate, knowing way (not like an Oasis 'we can't actually do anything else' simplicity). You only have to hear "Jonathan David" to realise the band's musical genious.
The theme of the album seems to be based around how you feel as a post-education 20-something trying to get your head round the world. Viewing past experiences and feelings in a beautiful way.
Everybody should own this album. It has stood the test of time with me (which is very rare).
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