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Tigermilk [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (12 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jeepster
  • ASIN: B000053SEB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
No one writes songs like Belle and Seb do. No songs full of ye ye ye choruses, no same old love songs telling the same tired old tales.
Just unique stories about life's simple beauty, irritating little annoyances, unfortunate situations and normal everyday thoughts and feelings.
These songs will immerse you into the lives of others, make you feel for them, care about these imaginary peoples lives much like a good tv show.
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.
Hope this has been helpful :)
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This was my favourite album for a long time. The superb debut by the superb Belle & Sebastian.
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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For a lad who's usual taste in music consists of shouty Mancunian bands singing badly and playing chords ripped off from the Beatles, this is perhaps one of my all time favourite albums. The State I Am In is genius. Tunes coming out of their ears, lyrics of every day life, and a bit of an angst-ridden recluse for a lead singer make me think they're the Scottish Smiths. But then they don't have Johnny Marr... shame.
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I first heard B+S on Mark Radcliff's Radio One show about four years ago. Listening to The State I am in, I realised I was hearing something awesome, something that was totally new and fresh, young and innocent...It was a beginning of a long and emotional journey. Immediately I sent off my cheque to Stow college in Glasgow and a week or so later Tigermilk arrived. As everyone else who has listened to the album will understand, the first time on hearing it, I was an emotional wreak. I knew I was listening to the work of genius, and Tigermilk is just that. All the tracks are immersed in poignent imagery, the lyrics speak to a hidden child deep in all of us, they all mean something personal and emotional to each individual. Of all the music I have listened to in my life and of all the albums, Tigermilk is definately number one without a question. If you haven't had the pleasure, then please indulge, for you will realise just how beautiful words and sounds can be.
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So simple and pure, reminiscent of late-50s, early-60s bands. Great lyrics and some of the purest melodies ever produced. It has to be said that I didn't like B&S when I first heard it a few years ago and it took me 6 years to buy this album. I'm sorry I waited so long. If you haven't got a B&S album and you think you're wavering, buy this - you'll not regret it.
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Well, not necessarily, but it did mine. A truly beautiful record and not a bad song on it. 'Expectations' is such a documentary of my school days that it scares me, 'The State I Am In' is lyrically gorgeous and 'We Rule the School' is probably the most understatedly uplifting song I've ever heard. Belle and Sebastian are one of those rare bands that are really difficult to describe - chamber pop/indie/folk that's actually relevant, possibly? I once described them to a friend as "what the Velvet Underground would have sounded like if they'd made folk." Well, whatever - listen to them! Now! And 'Tigermilk', being their first album, is probably the best place to start.
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This album - bought on a whim of the liking the cover - holds one of those special places in my heart. Not because it was the album I fell in love with, or I was on my favourite holiday when I first heard it or anything twee like that, but because it is just so damn good and holds no pretention of grandeur or greatness at all.
Other albums that share the same space as this are Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Grace by Jeff Buckley, Harvest by Neil Young, United by Phoenix and musicforthemorningafter by Pete Yorn. Albums of shimmering beauty, craft and intelligence.
The boy with the arab strap, dear catastrophe waitress and their latest release the life pursuit are all worth a listen also as great albums by a great band. But Tigermilk? Wow...
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