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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B000EBFMRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

To twee or not to twee, that is the question, and it's one that Belle and Sebastian have spent the last few years answering in the former.

Yet, as soon as the laidback bass of"Act Of The Apostle" opens this, their seventh album,you know something of an epiphany has taken place.

It could be the use of Beck's producer Tony Hoffer or the Californian rays of the recording sessions, but where once there was soppy indie, now there is solid sunshine pop.

It's not a complete departure, but for once, the quaint sensibilities don't overburden the tunes and the result, particularly on the insanely catchy "Funny Little Frog" and the chunky Bowie groove of "The Blues Are Still Blue", is an essential blend of quintessentially retro beats and fine storytelling. --Chris Long

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Format: Audio CD
Funny to see looking through previous reviews how much opinion can be divided by this CD. "The Life Pursuit" is very much a continuation of the direction taken in "Dear Catastrophe Waitress". It maybe doesn't have the same ultra-gloss production sheen, but this is as mainstream as you'll have ever heard B & S. None-the-less there are good songs on here, some excellent and no weak efforts. But perhaps they don't have the unique quirkiness that earlier recordings had, and those that established such a fanatical cult following.
Some familar B&S themes are here; Self-referential lyrical depreciation. Side references to religion. Musical inspiration taken from the 70s. Mainstream, but unmistakable. Equally noticable is that the band members are better musicians than ever. This is a band still on the way up, still changing, a band not yet devoid of new ideas.
I suppose it must hurt to see your own special obscure band take a direction that gets them attention outside their niche. I can't see any other reason for some of the review comments here. Common sense would suggest if you really only ever liked past B&S member Isabel Campbell's music, the best course of action is to buy a CD that she's on, not one she's not. It seems pointless to complain about her absense afterwards, never mind inventing unsavoury personal motivations for other band members based around her.
B & S are changing. They're still making good music. Join in or move on.
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Those of you awaiting another 'If you're feeling sinister' are sadly going to be waiting for a long time. 'Life Pursuit' follows the previous albums more conventional approach to song writing, although there can be no mistaking Stuart Murdoch's dulcet tones it soon becomes clear listening to this record that Belle & Sebastian are a completely different band. Infact anyone hoping to call this album 'twee' will be pleasantly surprised, forthcoming single 'Funny Little Frog' is both charming and touching 'You're my girl and you don't even know it'. 'White Collar Boy' sounds like an indie take on the stomp of glam rock whilst the gently sloping 'Act of the Apostle Pt 2' has a melody reminiscent to 'Century of Fakers' intially anyway. Though the new album is another step away from the former glories it's still an album of fantastic quality. Aaaah, for the good old days. 'If you're going to grow up you got to do it on your own'. Quite.
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After hearing 'Arab Strap' on the radio years ago (probably on Peel) I have been checking out this special little band with great interest,thinking that after 6 albums they (esp. Stuart) will eventually run out of steam. Despite a few personnel changes and reports of 'moving to LA' (gulp!!) they have done what I thought was impossible and that is to surpass the excellent 'Waitress' album.
The diversity on this album is breathtaking from the glam/T Rex feel of 'Blues are Still Blue' to the almost English folk delivery of 'To be Myself Completely' As usual,you find the tunes getting hold of your brain and not letting go and the lyrics made me smile with pleasure.I know it is only Feburary but this is the album of the year already. In thirty years of listening to all kinds of music this band has restored my faith and genuinely excite me.Scotlands For Me.
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The Life Pursuit is one of the catchiest and happiest albums I've heard. Every single track on the album is memorable and well worth listening to. The first time I listened to this I wasn't really concentrating on it but being B&S, I had to give it another shot with my full attention. I did and song after song brought a happy smile to my face.
The first track, The Act of the Apostle I is a great upbeat start to the album. The chorus is amazing, memorable and very layered.
Another Sunny Day starts off very upbeat with a fastish beat and happy lyrics. Not the best song on the album, but the standards on the album never go below excellent.
White Collar Boy sounds edgier than the rest of the album. It has backup vocals which really add to the song no end. Once again, great chorus. Very good song!
The Blues Are Still Blue is a foot tapping song with smart lyrics, some might say it's a little cheesy though. But the blues are still blue! Again, catchy and memorable tune and chorus.
Dress Up in You is probably my least favourite song on the album because it's slower and much less memorable than the rest of the album. Has backup vocals from a female singer.
Sukie in the Graveyard is great! Very upbeat and jazzy sounding. Another memorable track.
We Are the Sleepyheads is once again a fast upbeat track with a great beat and fast guitar.
Song For Sunshine may just be the most memorable song on the album purely because of the chorus. I love it! It's not neccessarily the best song on the album but the chorus makes this song excel. Sunshine/We all see/The same sky. This will be stuck in your head for a while after hearing it.
Funny Little Frog is a nice track, and the single B&S released from this album I believe.
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