I'm not going to pretend that I have followed Belle & Sebastian since the 'early days' - I haven't. Nor am I going to compare this album to any of their previous ones - I've never heard them. Infact the only reason I listened to this album was based on a couple of airings of "I'm a Cuckoo" and "Step Into My Office, Baby" which I'd heard recently on the Radio. And boy, am I glad I did! This album is fantastic and I was hooked after the first play. All the tracks have really catchy, original tunes with great vocals. If this is, as some of the other reviews suggest, a different direction for Belle & Sebastian, then I just hope that they now carry on in a straight line for a while. I want more of the same please.