21 Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle and Sebastian 2003
Much too wet and winsome for many , the kings and queens of twee right from the kid's tv referencing band name and I love them.
Their strength is in Stuart Murdoch's song writing which was never more apparent than then previous lp to this when those duties got shared around the band and it is the worst thing they've made (with Murdoch's songs by far the best things on it). A lesson that democracy in music doesn't usually get results.
To the surprise of many Trevor Horn was brought in as producer. I've read it was his daughter who kept pestering him to work with the band and that every time she played them at home he couldn't believe how badly recorded the singers voice was.
Those that were expecting a Two Tribes make over were disappointed , what Trevor Horn did was to produce a smoother and warmer sound and to his word Murdoch's voice never sounded as good.
Belle and Sebastian inhabit their own world , from the covers , to the videos to the lyrics , they all come form the same slightly skewed place
The biggest sing along moment comes form the Boys are Back in Town "inspired" I'm a Cuckoo. I'm not sure how much it relates to Murdoch's ex Isobel Campbell leaving both him and the band but the "I lost a singer to her clothes" is about as bitter as Belle and Sebastian get.
The video is worth watching for the price of Alan Well's star turn alone!
In amongst all the catchy tunes is one bit of gorgeous summery music whose chorus kind of sums the band up
If I could do just one near perfect thing I’d be happy.
They’d write it on my grave, or when they scattered my ashes.
On second thoughts, I’d rather hang around and be there with my best friend,
If she wants me.
If She Wants Me Belle and Sebastian
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