Encore un très bon album des Ecossais! Certes, ce n'est pas le meilleur mais il recèle tout de même un bon nombre de chansons d'un bon niveau: les surprenantes "White collar boy" et "The blues are still blue" ouvrent une voie rock jamais empruntée par Stuart et sa bande, "For the price of a cup of tea" plus soul que jamais, "Another sunny day" dans une veine sunhine pop qui permet d'oublier les tristes dimanches pluvieux de novembre et la sublimisssime "Dress up in you" à la mélodie si délicate et si entêtante qu'elle n'est pas prête de vous quitter. Un album dense, cohérent, innovant auquel il manque juste trois fois rien pour obtenir 5 étoiles.
Après le magnique "dear catastrophe waitress" le combo écossais resigne pour un septième album(en comptant une BO). Ils délaissent les chants marmonés et un romantisme non assouvit pour une écriture plus direct et des chants plus flamboyants.C'est un album mieux produit et décomplexé leur permettant peut-être d'être reconnus du grand public ce qu'ils sont dans le milieu. Pour finir je dirais que "Belle&Sebastian" ne se reposent plus uniquement sur leur écriture ils progressent musicalement.
franchement, y a rien à jeter dans cette album! du son pop anglais des années 80 au mélodies inspirées de la même période, en passant par un vocal agréable, tout sonne juste! Belle et Sebastian ont changé de producteur, ils sont parti à Los Angeles pour soigner le toute et les résultats sont là! Plus propre que leur précédents albums, c'est d'ailleurs ce qui risque de décevoir les fans de la première heure, the life Pursuit est pour moi LE meilleur! ne serait-ce que pour "we are the sleepyheads" qui me rappelle avec joie le groupe Haircut One Hundred!N'hésitez pas, c'est du bon!
Voilà un album magique en tous points!!! il pourrait être un sublime résumé de la pop de la fin des sixties-début seventies en proposant une musique parfaitement exécutée, et en plus il s'agit tout bonnement du meilleur album de ce groupe que je trouvais par le passé, soporifique et anodin au possible! Vraiment, avec "The Life Pursuit" Belle and Sebastian s'est métamorphosé en une grande formation musicale!!!
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we are the sleepyheads!10 février 2006
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Yay! I just received the limited edition of B&S's "Life Pursuit" LP. While the album might be disappointing at first, it really does grow on you. It's more singular in vision than the last LP, which makes it very consistent and just as lovely, and in the end one of the band's finest achievements.
The songs themselves are more overtly seventies rock-and-pop (and funk), with "The Blues are Still Blue" probably being the high point. Of course, several cuts are very reminiscent of old Belle & Sebsatian ("Dress Up in You," "Funny Little Frog," "Another Sunny Day" -- though "Frog" is steeped in rocking piano accents and hip, poppy guitar lines). You will be disappointed if you're only looking for something akin to "Sinister" or "Fold Your Hands," however.
The DVD in this limited edition package is a bit of a surprise, considering the current price on amazon is only a little more over the standard, comparatively average CD set. Six songs from the album are performed live, rather well, with Stuart Murdoch (the imitable and quite lovely band leader) showing some serious charm. I think I might be even more in love with him than I was before. (The songs are "Another Sunny Day," "Dress Up in You," "To Be Myself Completely," "Mornington Crescent," "Funny Little Frog," and "White Collar Boy.")
The packaging is exactly like the deluxe version of "Push Barman": hardcover mini-book, except way more pictures and linear notes. A lot of the Q&A from the band's official website is in here, which at first I found unimpressive, but I'm fine with it now. Richard's answers to most everything are hilarious, and the very notion of putting such a thing in the linear notes shows how well connected B&S is to its fans.
Surely worth the purchase for anyone who loves the band. It doesn't particularly matter if you're a casual fan or not -- the deluxe version honestly isn't much more than the regular one, and the music is catchy and friendly enough to guarantee new fans. Highly recommended.
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The Only Band I Still Get Excited About20 février 2006
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Long after Radiohead decided that traditional rock songs were "beneath" them and started their weird sojurn into God-knows-what and the pop-punk exoplosion of the late Nineties wilted on the vine, very little about modern music gets me excited enough to buy an album totally cold with no advance listens. Apart from Weezer last year and Death Cab for Cutie recently, I really haven't purchased a new release by a current band in a long time. But that all changed last week when I got "The Life Pursuit".
If you have the 2003 "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" disc (or the harder-to-find "Books" single from the following year) the new direction of B&S probably won't be much of a shock for you. It's not that the band has "turned their back" on what got them the devoted cult following they earned with more laid-back releases like "Tigermilk" or "If You're Feeling Sinister", but simply that they've opened their musical pallette to include Seventies glam and pomp (well, their versions of the two). And the combination is infectious if you let it in.
Sure, fans of their more acoustic material will feel betrayed, and I can sympathize with them if they feel Stuart Murdoch and the band are forgetting their roots. But it's senseless to hold Belle and Sebastian to a fixed style, when there have been hints of this kind of musical direction in previous releases (anyone recall "Electronic Renaissance"'s odd position on the Tigermilk record?). What's more, like any good artists the group brings something unexpected and new to the styles they've embraced.
That's called true artistry, folks. If the record wasn't half as enjoyable as it is, you might have a point.
But songs like "The Blues are Still Blue", "We are The Sleeyheads", "Funny Little Frog", and "White Collar Boy" are immensely likable on repeat listens, and the gems that emerge like "Mornington Crescent" and "Act of the Apostles (Parts I and II)" roll around in your head long after you've removed the disc from your CD player (which won't be for a while, of course). This is good music from a great band who continue to defy the expectations that were placed upon them a decade ago and still retain that special something which makes them a force to be reckoned with.
So pick up "The Life Pursuit" and enjoy listening to it on repeat, as there isn't a bad track on the entire disc. Rock music rarely gets this enjoyable or listenable these days, so treasures like "Pursuit" should be acknowledged. Otherwise, it's just the same old crap but with a different album cover. And that's the artistic kiss of death.
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What are Belle and Sebatian Fans expecting?9 février 2006
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I find it quite odd that any Belle and Sebastian fan would come in here and give The Life Pursuit a one star. I truly can't figure out what fans expect of musicians. Some want an exact duplicate of previous efforts. Boring boring boring. Here Belle and Sebastian have released a great album of fresh and exciting new tunes. Admitingly, I raised an eyebrow at the first listen though now that I'm on my fourth listen, this stuff is great. It's uplifting and witty, as Belle and Sebastian have always been. It would seem to me that anybody complaining about this cd simply has a problem with change. Ironically, the cd really isn't much of a departure from their previous efforts. For those who want to complain, stick in 'If You're Feeling Sinister' and just listen to it over and over again. For those who are expecting Belle and Sebastian to grow musically with new fresh ideas, definitely get The Life Pursuit.
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It's not Sinister and who cares?8 février 2006
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Why is it that everytime a new B&S album is released there are endless complaints about how it doesn't sound like If You're Feeling Sinister? If you said this when they released Boy with the Arab Stripe or Fold Your Hands... or Dear Catastrophe, Waitress then *this album is not for you.* Play your old copies of Sinister (and Tigermilk) and maybe download the live version of Sinister from I-Tunes, and leave the rest of us alone. As someone who has followed their career through its various winding paths, I don't need someone to tell me "this is not Sinister." Anyway, why would you trust someone who recommends that you abandon B&S because there are lots of other bands that sound just like them? In fact, one of the pleasures of the new album is that B&S sound more like a real band, a cohesive unit, than ever before (rather than Stuart Murdoch backed-up by his friends). There is a real joy in their music here, in the interaction between group members, that is beautifully captured in Tony Hoffer's production. A few tracks don't quite work for me at this point (esp. "For the price of a cup of teas") but so what? The album is full of stellar tracks ("Act of the apostle," "Dress up in you," "To be myself completely," "We are the sleepyheads") and the overall vibe is astonishing. Stark raving bliss.
BTW the bonus DVD is excellent too. Stuart is turning into a sex god (of sorts), swiveling his hips like a Scottish Tom Jones.
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No, it's not "Tigermilk." But that's OK . . . really.2 mars 2006
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It seems that most reviewers can only frame their comments about a new Belle and Sebastian album in terms of the influences they can detect. Hey - that sounds like Thin Lizzy. Ah - now they're doing Sly Stone. This sounds like Glam Rock. Etc.
All that talk seems to be rubbish to me.
The band has always had their own sound, and they still do. The writing on this album is brilliant - both musically and lyrically. There are so many great songs - "Act of the Apostle," "Another Sunny Day," "White Collar Boy," "Funny Little Frog," "Mornington Crescent" - I could go on. The musicianship and production values are better than ever.
It's true, B&S have left their lo-fi sound behind. Have Stuart Murdoch & Co. forsaken their roots, or does each album bring them closer to realizing their original vision? Or does that vision continue to grow and take shape with each new album? Only they know for sure, but it doesn't really matter. It's all great stuff. Press "play" and enjoy it.