Belle and Sebastian
If You're Feeling Sinister


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
April 25th, 2005 | 51 replies | 17,575 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Belle and Sebastian's "Tigermilk" was released earlier in their career for a project of Stuart Murdoch, the band's leader, vocalist and guitarist. The members of the band thought it best to keep the band on a small scale and planned to break up after releasing two albums. Assuming that it wouldn't be a big deal, the band recorded "Tigermilk" and had 1,000 copies pressed on vinyl. The record, however, became immensely popular in England through little more than word of mouth. In some places, copies of "Tigermilk" were selling for as much as 75 pounds. Because "Tigermilk" was only heard by a small number of people (it wasn't rereleased until some time later), "If You're Feeling Sinister" was essentially the group's first album for most people. Because of the success of "Tigermilk", the group decided to take the project a bit more seriously.

Belle and Sebastian

Stuart Murdoch - Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
Sarah Martin - Violin
Chris Geddes - Keyboards
Stevie Jackson - Guitar
Stuart David - Bass
Richard Colburn - Drums
Isobel Campbell - Cello

Belle and Sebastian's second album could well be considered their masterpiece. On the other hand however, you have a band who have the ability to release quite a few great albums, which draws one conclusion. The band have no masterpiece. Instead they have quite a few, "If You're Feeling Sinister" being one of them. With his slightly odd sense of humour and intricate songs, Stuart Murdoch has his own unique style of songwriting. His lyrics are a little unusual and his use of instruments isn't the most conventional, yet at the same time, is not overly wierd. The listener who buys a Belle and Sebastian cd to have a cd of nice laid back pop music will find themselves richly rewarded. At the same time, someone who listens to the cd with intent to study the music will have a good time picking out all of the intricate parts throughout the songs.
Sometimes having many instruments in a band can overpower some people and bring others foward, but not in this band. The use of instruments on the album is superb.

The songs on this album are lovely, pretty tracks. With Stuart's soft and delicate voices and the arrangements of instruments, this is a cd that is easy to imagine playing in the background in a coffee shop or a library. It is rare with an album to have so many great songs, but this album achieves. There is simply not a bad song on the album and they are almost all equal in quality. Buy this album, listen to it and fall in love with it.

Pros

- Gorgeous melodies and instrumentation
- 'Different' lyrics
- A unique sound, without being wildly 'out there'

Cons

- None really

Reccomended Tracks

"The Stars Of Track And Field"
"Seeing Other People"
"If You're Feeling Sinister"

FINAL RATING: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Ashtray Girl
April 25th 2005



108 Comments


Nice work =)

Would you say this was a good B&S album to start with? I can't decide which one to buy first.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
April 25th 2005



2125 Comments


heh, yeah that happens. I'd say this is a good starter for sure, two of my friends started with this one and love B&S now. I'd say go with this, but if not, get "Tigermilk" "Boy With The Arab Strap" or "Dear Catastrophe Waitress".

Scott Herren
April 25th 2005



192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Why doesn't this have 5 stars? >:0

Zmev
April 26th 2005



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, great album but I perfer Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
April 26th 2005



2125 Comments


It's too good for 5 stars

*can't think of a reason why it shouldn't*

Arnold_Layne
February 9th 2006



49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a great album. my favorites are get me away from here, im dying and seeing other people.

Zebra
Moderator
February 9th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't seem to like this album as much as others. I find almost all B&S albums extremely hard to get into. While everything is soothing I feel like this album is missing something. I love Dear Catstrophe Waitress and TBWTAS but for some reason nothing has really grabbed my attention of this album.

sadisticmonkey
April 16th 2006



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've decided to go back and listen to this bands older stuff, and I'd have to say this album is amazing...

stand out tracks

Me and The Major
Like Dylan In The movies
Fox In The Snow
If You're Feeling Sinister


arctic-monkey
May 28th 2006



4 Comments


love this Album great review. Amazing scottish band !!


La Revolucion
May 20th 2007



1060 Comments


I don't think it's humanly possible to dislike this album.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 20th 2007



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with that statementThis Message Edited On 05.20.07

Two-Headed Boy
May 27th 2007



4527 Comments


Basically a perfect pop album.

La Revolucion
May 27th 2007



1060 Comments


True.

Iai
Emeritus
March 20th 2008



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, every time I hear this I find myself obsessing over another song. This time it's "Seeing Other People". How perfect are those lyrics?!

Iai
Emeritus
March 20th 2008



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

double post

"Like Dylan in the Movies" is also godly.This Message Edited On 03.20.08

pulseczar
March 20th 2008



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like Dylan in the Movies is definitely my favourite song off the album. I like how the verses are sort of unassuming and bland, and the chorus is just majestic and carries the song all the way through.

slep
March 20th 2008



1604 Comments


This time it's "Seeing Other People". How perfect are those lyrics?!


Yeah that's easily my favorite song on this.


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2008



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why haven't I picked this up till now? I don't fucking know. Brilliant

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 26th 2008



4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but if you're feeling sinister
go off and see a minister

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2008



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

like dylan in the movies is my favorite so far



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