11. Belle & Sebastian - Belle & Sebastian Write About Love (Rough Trade)

on Sunday, 26 December 2010
You can make what you like of this, there are enough reviews around, enough obstinate opinions and enough people who can't get over the fact that Belle & Sebastian moved on from recording albums that were written in a week in a week, because that's what you would do if you had enough money thrown at you so as the boundaries of possibility no longer existed.

And if thats how you want to be, well, at least try Come On Sister, Write About Love, I'm Not Living in the Real World and The Ghost of Rockschool.

The polishing on the case was the three bonus tracks that surfaced through varying sources, the latter two, that being Suicide Girl and the jaunty Last Trip were perhaps my favourite tracks from this whole session.

And if nothing else take it as a consolation that at least Belle & Sebastian have treated us to yet another cosmetically beautiful looking album.

Spoiler : What Boomkat Said:
In the wake of his God Help The Girl project, Stuart Murdoch regroups with his Belle & Sebastian bandmates for a follow-up to 2006's The Life Pursuit. Write About Love is album number eight from the esteemed Scottish band, and is the product of a remarkably quick turnaround. Writing and pre-production work began as recently as February of this year and was followed by recording sessions with The Life Pursuit producer Tony Hoffer (who has also helmed albums from Air, Beck and Phoenix). The results are reassuringly on-form, classic Belle & Sebastian, with few curveballs thrown. Write About Love gets underway with gusto, laying down the surprisingly robust pop of 'I Didn't See It Coming' and the heavily synth-fortified 'Come On Sister'. Typically beautiful ballads are on hand too, such as 'Calculating Bimbo' and 'Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John' which features a familiarly breathy vocal from Norah Jones. Another (rather less likely) guest vocalist crops up on the album's title track: actress Carey Mulligan, renowned for her starring role in An Education. Commencing with an almost Pete Townsend-like riff, this upbeat ode to the mundanity of office work might be about as rocking as B&S get, although the Britpoppy Stevie Jackson-penned 'I'm Not Living In The Real World' gives it a run for its money. A solid entry into the band's catalogue, Write About Love might not reinvent the band's sound or approach to writing, but nor is it likely to disappoint anyone.