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Belle and Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

8 07 2010

Listened: Thursday July 1

Amongst hardcore Belle and Sebastian fans Fold Your Hands is considered to be inferior to prior releases, but I don’t get that at all.

I think some of Stuart Murdoch’s most beautiful singing can be found on this album. I Fought In A War, The Model, Don’t Leave the Light on Baby… they’re all fabulous.

And the lyrics… who doesn’t love singing “It’s been a bloody stupid day”? The Chalet Lines never ceases to move me with its tale “full of woe”. There’s Too Much Love is one of my favorite B&S songs – the rocking strings never fail to get me wiggling.

Beyond the Sunrise really bugs me though, I have to admit. It’s weird, and not in a good way. Stevie doesn’t need to be singing that low.

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