on 24 December 2003
This three-track EP showcases Stuart talent for crafting heart-wrenching,awsome melodies without being too preachy or pretentious.The title track is a jangly pop led by Stevie.The second tracks is a sad tale of a man who wants to escape a nasty city life with a fabuolous melody backed up by strings.The live favourite "Loneliness..."is also dark and gloomy but at the end it turns into a jaunty,folky song.In all,the EP is very nifty but is not the right place to start your acquaintance with this otherwise marvellous band.
on 27 May 2001
Like something inbetween "Seeing Other People" and "Legal Man" comes the new Beach Boys-esque single from Belle & Sebastian. "Jonathan David" is one of those memorable, uplifting summer songs that is a pleasure to listen to, though die-hard B&S fans might object to the very polished nature of it - one of the charms of B&S are the slight imperfections in their music. Also on the CD is the live favourite "Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner" which lowers the tempo and contrasts with the title track very nicely. If, like me, you like B&S then you probably won't bother reading this review and buy it anyway. On the other hand if you want something to relax to during the coming summer evenings then you could do a lot worse...
on 26 July 2001
The song "Jonathan David" sounds like someone trying to do their best impersonation of Belle And Sebastian.
The music sounds cliche and the absence of Stuart Murdoch's lead vocals leaves the listener wondering if this is, in fact really B and S! The other songs make up for the title track, but overall, this EP makes the band sound like they're literally turning into cartoons of themselves.