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GOD HELP THE GIRL

* Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch presents his new musical project God Help The Girl

* Features an array of female vocalists, Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy, the members of Belle and Sebastian, and a 45-piece orchestra conducted by 'Withnail & I' composer Rick Wentworth

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B002736YNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act Of The Apostle
2. God Help The Girl
3. Pretty Eye In The Tub
4. A Unified Theory
5. Hiding Neath My Umbrella
6. Funny Little Frog
7. If You Could Speak
8. Musician, Please Take Heed
9. Perfection As A Hipster
10. Come Monday Night
11. The Music Room Window
12. I Want Your Jeans
13. I'll Have To Dance With Cassie
14. A Down And Dusky Blonde

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After the success of the most recent Belle And Sebastian album, "The Life Pursuit", band leader/singer/songwriter Stuart Murdoch decided to pursue his dream of writing a rock musical scored for female singers. After auditioning vocalists via Internet contests, he made his choices and, with all members of Belle And Sebastian backing him up, recorded this breathtaking record. It combines the strengths and feel of early Belle And Sebastian records in a broader musical palette, which draws equally on musicals, 60s girl groups, 80s indie, and most of all, classic pop.

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"Spanning glam, soul, country, and 70s AM rock...Murdoch is at his best detailing his famously quirky characters" --Pitchfork

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Well worth the addition of them on this disc- not just filler.
R. Demerjian
This album is an absolute masterpiece of postmodern honesty - equal parts hope and despair, to spectacular result.
WPH
Beautiful songs, great 60s sound, astonishing female vocals (and some nice male vocals too).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WPH on June 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is an absolute masterpiece of postmodern honesty - equal parts hope and despair, to spectacular result. The album has the same thrilling qualities many people might attribute to some of the best work of the Smiths or others who combine a healthy touch of 60s-70s baroque with silky smooth singing and dead clever lyrics. Some of Stuart Murdoch's most achingly sweet productions and melodies come to life here with the dreamily perfect smorgasbord of expertly executed female vocals and impressive musicianship as well. This is a film soundtrack that does not need a film. God, I wish I could see that film! Beautiful craftsmanship like this is sadly uncommon in modern popular music. This will be a delightful and simply fun classic for years to come.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Demerjian on June 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
To start, I agree with what the other reviewer has said. As I am only the second person to review this album, I thought I'd give some basic info potential fans may be wondering about...
1. If I am a Belle and Sebastian fan, will I find traces of their music in this and like it as a result? YES, many traces indeed, from Stuart Murdoch's actual singing to his clever lyrics to his lyrical phrasing to some very intelligent and proper British songwriting (Pretty Eve in the Tub is reminiscent of I Love My Car in it's cleverness). Some nice harmonies too from the group of female vocalists assembled.
2. Are the B & S songs on this album basically xeroxes of the original versions found of the Life Pursuit? NO. Acts of the Apostles is considerably different and Funny Little Frog is a slower, more soulful 70's version with lots of strings. Well worth the addition of them on this disc- not just filler.
3. Are there any throwaway tracks like on B & S's other peripheral project "Storytelling?" Sort of- there is a jazzy instrumental but it is only 1 minute long and it's actually kind of catchy in a pseudo Brubeck Time Out sense (nowhere near the level of that of course). Considering the amount of tracks on this disc, 1 quick filler song isn't bad.
Overall, this album contains extremely fun and smart British songwriting that made albums like XTC's Skylarking and Shelleyan Orphan's Century Flower so enjoyable in their time. It is not mired down in the self pity and pseudo despair that Smith lyrics are often consumed with so enough of the Smiths comparisons please! Lastly, there are some very strong female vocals on this album, most notably from a woman named Catherine Ireton who takes most leads and does a beautiful job with them. Not your typical B & S female vocalist- her voice is a pleasantly surprising soulful one. Well worth the money and a follow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Enterman on July 26, 2009
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I'll be honest. I've been excited about God Help the Girl since word was first released of its existence. I was delighted to hear the snippets of songs released on imeem ("The Psychiatrist Is In" and "Perfection as a Hipster") and have been hoping the album would live up to how much I loved those tracks.

I was not disappointed. If you're looking for something overtly Belle-and-Sebastian-esque, this isn't quite it. Stuart Murdoch sings relatively little (though the other members of B&S make many appearances), leaving the vocals mainly up to a crack team of female vocalists who outdo themselves at every opportunity. God Help the Girl is, simply, a stunning collection of pure pop for now-and-then people -- those who dream of a return to Phil Spector's girl-group confections but with, perhaps, a bit more modern spice. Catherine Ireton's voice charms the listener as soon as she begins "Act of the Apostle" (yes, the album contains two retreads of tunes from The Life Pursuit -- namely "Act of the Apostle" and "Funny Little Frog", the latter done beautiful, soulful justice by Brittany Stallings, one of the two young imeem contest winners), but the harmonies introduced by the other vocalists later on are absolutely gorgeous. The album's high points lay in its more upbeat songs, usually anchored by B&S guitarist Stevie Jackson's trademark jangle -- songs like "Perfection as a Hipster" (a winning, if vaguely creepy, duet between Ireton and Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy), the title track, and "I'll Have to Dance With Cassie" never fail to make me smile.

This is not to say, of course, that the album is without its faults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Lunar Camel on November 24, 2010
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First off, how anyone can give this less than a 5 star is beyond me. Open to new ideas, even if they are recycled from years gone by. What blows my mind with this collection of songs is the very strong cohesive melodies that bind the collection of songs as a whole. The beautiful harmonies that swiftly intertwine each song is breaththaking. I find these songs stuck in my head long after the stereo has been turned off.

So if someone is reading these reviews here, hopefully it's to gain some insight on what the disc is like and whether or not they should purchase it. For any Belle and Sebastian fans, the dice could roll either way. I am a diehard B & S Fan...but not a fan of EVERYTHING they have done in the past (Though the new release gets my vote for 5 stars as does The Life Pursuit and If You're Feeling Sinister).

This collection of songs, though obviously B&S influenced - same songwriters and musicians - have a different 60's feeling air about them. It's all very nostalgic but with a modern feel. All I can say is, if you like to sing along to music while driving in your car, this is a good one for it. Most of the songs are upbeat and cheerful and the lyrics couldn't be more clever and witty.

The EP's all contain songs that work well as tracks 15-20 on here, I excluded Baby Your Blind though it's a really good song, it doesn't fit with the feel of this disc.

To each their opinion....not everyone is bound to like this. I give it a very strong 5 stars and highly recommend it. Cheers.
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