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Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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 (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B003ZKUVI8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Didn't See It Coming
2. Come On Sister
3. Calculating Bimbo
4. I Want the World to Stop
5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John (Feat. Norah Jones)
6. Write About Love (Feat. Carey Mulligan)
7. I'm Not Living in the Real World
8. Ghost of Rockschool
9. Read the Blessed Pages
10. I Can See Your Future
11. Sunday's Pretty Icons

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The eighth album by Scottish rock group, featuring a new batch of classic indie songs, including the title track which features vocals from Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan.

BBC Review

People usually have an opinion – good or bad – about Belle and Sebastian. Words such as twee often turn up in critiques of the band, but to take that as gospel is to miss the point. Over the past decade and a half, the many-tentacled Glasgow outfit, operating under the guidance of founder and chief songwriter Stuart Murdoch, have gradually become something of a treasure. To dismiss them as something soft students mince around to while wearing cardigans is foolish. Cross this lot and you are D-E-A-D. (Okay, maybe not.)

For their eighth album, and first for four years, B&S have reconvened after extra-curricular dalliances, such as Murdoch’s God Help the Girl and drummer Richard Colburn’s Tired Pony, to reclaim their crown from, well, no one. There’s simply no one else like them. There are some vague photocopies featuring people who you’re surprised are allowed out of the house, but for a British band as unique, as special, as Belle and Sebastian, you really have to travel back to the days of The Smiths.

Muscular pop of the finest variety is on the agenda here. Opener I Didn’t See It Coming explodes into a glorious widescreen chorus noise, and Come on Sister is a polite glam stomper. I Want the World to Stop finds the band in a state of exhilaration, scarves-aloft melodies that smell of talcum powder rising high. Guests lend their weight to proceedings, too: Norah Jones’ honeyed tones illuminate Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John; and An Education star Casey Mulligan sings on the jaunty title-track. Both settle in effortlessly. The band’s own Stevie Jackson’s I’m Not Living in the Real World has a flavour of early Blur about it, and Sarah Martin’s leads I Can See Your Future fit splendidly into the band’s oeuvre.

Write About Love is a cracking pop album and a fine addition to a great band’s already impressive catalogue. Had it been released a few months ago, it would’ve literally been the sound of summer. As it is, in a dank and damp October, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a plateful of cakes. Marvellous.

--Ian Wade

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really rather good 27 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
The last B&S album I listened to properly and repeatedly was 'Fold your arms' and I didn't get it. It was too patchy. Prior to this 'If you're feeling sinister' and 'Arab strap' were the most played records of their respective year's in our house.
However, my wife bought this a few weeks ago and whilst it, too, is patchy, the good bits are UNBELIEVABLY good. There are some really uplifting 'stompers', not dissimilar to 'dirty dream'. Surely this contains two or three of the best pop songs of the last 5 years? Tracks 2, 4 and 6 would make it onto a 'B&S best of' mix tape in this house, even including the early singles. I think I still prefer the slightly more depressing early stuff, but compared to most of the flotsam out there at the minute; this is really rather good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to old friends 11 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a good B and S album. Okay, it is not "Sinister" (but let's be honest, hoping that B and S are going to return to the sound of that fragile masterpiece is a bit like wishing that Neil Hannon will remake "Promenade" - it's not going to happen, nor should it) but it is certainly an excellent piece of work.

After a few seconds of random noise, "I didn't see it coming" begins and it is a little like opening the front door to an excellent friend that you haven't seen in a while. It is classic B and S and brings a smile to my face.

Elsewhere, the album is strong - "I want the world to stop" is a highlight - although hearing Norah Jones sing lines about "the milkman" is a little too odd for my tastes.

Perhaps they won't win any new fans with this record and perhaps they don't care, but I am really enjoying it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly beautiful album 1 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
After the Bowlie board was dissolved, I checked in with the Anorak forum to see how long standing fans of B&S rated this LP. As usual much was made of this not being vintage B&S, but I don't want a rehash of their 1990's style.

This is my go-to B&S record at the moment, Sarah's singing fits beautifully with Stuart's and the complexity of the music is quite stunning. Of the tracks the only one I skip at times features Norah Jones (something doesn't quite work on this collaboration).

If you don't shuffle your shoulders along with I Want the World to Stop and its' major bassline, then you'd better check your pulse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressed, relieved, delighted 14 Feb 2011
By Steph P
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Impressed, relieved, delighted and absolutely needing to write about this (after my first listen). There is a great deal to love here; loadsa fabulous and inventive song structures & styles pinging back through the 60's - 80's (thinking Captain Scarlet theme tune; The Zombies "She's not there"; XTC and Dukes of the Stratosphear - all wonderful) but with plenty of beef to balance it and, of course, pin-sharp lyrics from the undisputed champ of the quirky/innocent point of view. Do agree with other reviewers that its the keyboard choice & sound, but also mint condition musicianship, that makes this a stand-out CD at this point in time. Comparison with past B&S albums is superfluous as that's like comparing your 41 year old (ahem) self to your distant teenage self - it's still you - and even so, like Black Box Recorder said previously: "a heartfelt seduction lasts a lifetime".....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but... 11 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
they set the bar mighty high, and Write About Love comes nowhere near reaching the heady heights of either of the their last 2 albums, and those are not even their best.

Write About Love is a perfectly enjoyable, completely worthy Belle and Sebastian album.

First, the stand outs:
I want the world to Stop / I didn't see it coming / The ghost of rockschool - these three songs alone are worth the price of this album, they do exactly what B&S do best, while seemingly effortlessly adding that special something - A sound that goes beyond just a great tune and a well written song - these songs are the 'event' songs B&S fans have been waiting for since The Life Pursuit, and they are easily the equal of stand out tracks like Another Sunny Day and Act of the Apostle from that record.

Just below the stand outs we have I'm not 'living in the real world', and the lead off single title track - and if all the rest of the tracks on the album could come up to the standard of those 2 tracks then Write About Love would jostle for the position of best ever B&S album.

So where does it go wrong? Unfortunately, the rest of the tracks, while enjoyable, are forgettable, with the exception of Norah Jones duet 'Little Lou...', which is memorable for the wrong reason - namely that Norah Jones sounds so completely out of place here, that the album suffers from the feeling that we have to stop all proceedings to politely pay homage to her voice. Any B&S fan surely thinks at this point: 'wouldn't Sarah Martin make this song so much better?', especially considering that her duets with Stuart Murdoch on the aforementioned standouts are a large part of what makes those tracks so memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good album 23 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Finally B&S releases a new album. I'm very happy about it. As someone wrote here, it's like opening the door to an old friend. That's exactly how this album feels to me.

While BBC reviewer here can't spell the name of indie darling CaRey Mulligan correctly, he seems to over praise Norah Jones's questionable illuminating honeyed voice qualities. Her presence in this album is simply odd.

Is it just me or anyone else here has goosepimples when Sarah Martin tells us what she sees in "I can see your future"?

This album is really good! Anyone who buys it won't regret. All you have to do is set the player to skip track 05
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant (But Not Unexpected) Surprise
When any band has come so far as to release their ninth album (including compilations, etc) in 14 years, one always listens to it initially with some apprehension - after all, it... Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album from B&S, with a great 60s slightly Californian vibe in places (not that that is a new direction as such for this band); and great coup geting Carey Mulligan... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I hadn't heard of the artists until I was bored during a longhaul flight and stumbed across this album in the flight audio list. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by MC
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I was browsing in a music store just before Christmas & this cd was playing. I asked who it was & by the time left the store we had listened to a lot of the album. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by A. Searle
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished!
It is difficult to maintain the same level during years and I consider that the band is improving one after the other. It is a very good record. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by gdvdj
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about
I don't know what is missing from this new Belle & Sebastian album; it's certainly not the contemplative monochrome photograph on the sleeve artwork, the familiar font or the... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by youvegotsoup
5.0 out of 5 stars Great that they are back!!
It's great that B&S are back after their break and back singing such beautiful songs again.

This will go down as a classic.
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by Mr. S. Mansoori
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Catastrophe
This record has hardly been off my player since I bought it, and the same goes for my mates. Strange then that some have rated it only three stars. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Simon Crutchley
5.0 out of 5 stars super fast! great conditions! beautiful music! great deal!
The order arrived in just a few days. The price was just fine. The package was good! The music is wonderful! The provided a great deal! congratulations!
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by franciscamoreira
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