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Dear Catastrophe Waitress

Belle & SebastianAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Belle & Sebastian release The Third Eye Centre - a collection of B-sides, rarities, and non-LP tracks from the last decade. The album is on CD, download, and on vinyl as a gatefold double LP.

The 19 tracks are taken from the Glaswegian band’s last 3 albums – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006) and Write About Love (2010). The album can be seen as ... Read more in Amazon's Belle & Sebastian Store

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Dear Catastrophe Waitress + If You're Feeling Sinister + Tigermilk
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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Step into My Office, Baby
2. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
3. If She Wants Me
4. Piazza, New York Catcher
5. Asleep on a Sunbeam
6. I'm a Cuckoo
7. You Don't Send Me
8. Wrapped Up in Books
9. Lord Anthony
10. If You Find Yourself Caught in Love
11. Roy Walker
12. Stay Loose

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Belle & Sebastian you're used to, but wonderful October 7, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Like most veteran fans of Belle & Sebastian, I worried about this CD for months before it came out. Would the band evolve away from all the things we love about them? After learning that this album would be produced by Trevor Horn, my concern was that it would sound much too fake and polished--like a cheap plastic version of their old works.
B&S singer Stuart Murdoch said (on the band's website I think) that in making Dear Catastrophe Waitress, he and the band had an ammount of fun that hadn't been achieved in making any of their albums since Tigermilk. Now that I've finally heard this new CD, I don't feel Tigermilk, but I certainly do feel the fun.
The band has traded their darkest cynicism in for more mature responses and even life-affirmation at moments; exchanged their flat and shaky vocals for strong and deliberate melodies and more harmonies than ever; and as far as instrumental arrangements, the dizziness and some of the etherealness has been replaced by energy and sunniness. The evolutions are of course in a direction that we tasted in their last two full-length albums and last several EP's, but they are most fully realised in Dear Catastrophe Waitress. And not everything has changed: their wit, silliness, playful melodies, and the chamber pop aspect are as strong as ever.
Any long-time fan will find here grounds to be nostalgic for the the good ole familiar Belle & Sebastian heard on classics such as If You're Feeling Sinister and The Boy With the Arab Strap. However, I recommend loving the fact that their sound has not become stagnant, and embracing this new style as lovely and refreshing!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's time to be happy! October 19, 2003
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I've heard a lot of negative reviews about this album, proclaiming that the Belle and Sebastian of the late 90's are just a memory now. No more will B&S be something we listen to when we are in are darkest times, looking for someone who understands how we feel, and blah blah blah...
I will personally attest that I bought this CD while feeling a little down and listening to it really cheered me up. That's pretty cheesy and sentimental to say, I realize, but it's true.
This isn't a new Belle and Sebastian. The lyrics are as clever and sarcastic as ever, and Stuart's voice is still as haunting, but now he's got good news to bring us!
These are songs about love, hope, and God even. And the joy of which Stuart sings is reflected by stunning instrumental arrangements. More horns and strings than on any other full length make this album a complete musical experience.
Songs like "If You Find Yourself Caught In Love" and "Roy Walker" are so happy that they near sappy, but never take themselves seriously enough to cross any sentimental lines.
Two standouts for me on this album are two songs that find Belle and Sebastian taking some interesting chances musically. The song "I'm a Cuckoo" is a Thin Lizzy tribute that captures the style and substance of that band, with double-guitar riffs and speech-like vocals. "Stay Loose" has an obvious '80s sound, but not as derivative or clichéd as some bands who have been riding the New New Wave. This song is laced with elements of Bowie, and, in my opinion, later Blondie.
When a band like Belle and Sebastian has gotten to be closely associated with the doldrums, it's really nice to hear them have a conscious change in heart.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stay Tuned... April 8, 2004
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...because this album is a strong indicator that Belle & Sebastian will soon find their footing and release another great album. The downside, of course, is that this one is merely good.
First, let me lay my cards on the table and say that I am one of those people who believes in what another reviewer calls "the holy trinity": Tigermilk, If You're Feeling Sinister, and Arab Strap. Those albums, to me, are classics that I will never put down. Unlike some B&S fans, I actually find their music better accompaniment for a sunny day than a rainy one.
As far as this album goes, it is a radical departure in sound from their previous releases. It is very pop-sounding and for the first time shows that B&S have enlisted the services of a professional producer. However, the lyrical content of the songs remains the same: witty, wry, and wistful by turns and terribly, terribly clever. Those longing for a taste of the old B&S will best be served by "Lord Anthony" (which is the one song I ripped to my iPod before selling this album), while new converts may find each track exciting.
I really, really tried to give this album a chance. I played it for a week while driving, grocery shopping, commuting, and reading. At the end of it all, I was no more endeared to the album than when I started and the songs had started to sound even more similar. I am not wishing that Belle & Sebastian keep the same sound forever, but I think this is a stepping stone to finding their new sound somewhere down the line. The most apt comparison that I can think of is to R.E.M. They made several classic albums and developed a loyal fan base, but I don't know anyone who thought "Monster" was a good album.
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1.0 out of 5 stars i hate this album
I like Belle and Sebastian, and I bought this record used for $3.95. I listened to it three times, the first time, I thought, oh no. The second time, I thought, what is this? Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars Longtime fans may initially be taken aback, only to regain their...
Between 1996 and 2001, the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian put out four albums of fairly low-fi music about the trials of high school, the tribulations of social misfits and the... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars momma bear
i love belle & sebastian, so i bought this to download on my computer and i paid for it and then was unable to find it anywhere on my computer, so i ended up just paying for it... Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by momma bear
3.0 out of 5 stars Bright, lilting, catchy, melodic, whimsical, upbeat pop music.
This cd is all of these things, as well as being pretty, clever, witty and ever so easy on the ears. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Philip Bradshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Fear part-apathy tunesmiths
2 1/2

Thankfully they got over this little creative hump, but everything in DCW sounds like a band's swan song in its lack of fresh ideas and simple energy. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best lyrical work
This is possibly my favorite B & S confection. The strings are especially good on this album and their lyrics are fantastic. Read more
Published on January 26, 2008 by S. Mackin
5.0 out of 5 stars If I Could Do One Near-Perfect Thing I'd Be Happy...
My first Belle & Sebastian album was last year's THE LIFE PURSUIT, which remains my favourite album of 2006 and, honestly, one of my favourite albums of all time. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Tom Emanuel
4.0 out of 5 stars "I was choking on a cornflake" (* * * * 1/3)
Dear Catastrophe Waitress rightly restored Belle & Sebastian to their former glory following a few musical missteps. Read more
Published on February 28, 2007 by Blake Maddux
5.0 out of 5 stars B&S's most coherent and addictive achievement
I've been impressed by all of Belle and Sebastian's albums and EPs, from Tigermilk to The Life Pursuit; however, I believe that Dear Catastrophe Waitress stands out as their most... Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by Jeffrey Comer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good Indeed
I had bought Isobel Campbell's solo album Amorino when it first came out, after having heard one track being played on an independent radio station in Boston. Read more
Published on July 31, 2006 by JP
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