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If You're Feeling Sinister [Vinyl]

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Belle And Sebastian includes: Stevie Thomas Jackson (vocals, guitar); Christopher Thomas Geddes (piano); Richard (drums); Isobel, Sarah Martin, Stuart David, Stuart Murdoch. There's nobody named Belle or Sebastian in this Scottish septet, but that's just part of the self-effacing mythology with which the band has surrounded itself. Their low profile in the media and even on their own albums (no personnel or songwriting credits) is in keeping with the shy-boy aesthetic promulgated on this, their debut album. While the influence of lovable British wimps like Nick Drake, The Smiths and Al Stewart (!) and fellow Scot Donovan can be heard throughout, the band has an identity and highly developed sense of songcraft all its own. Led by Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian offer up a largely acoustic folk-pop sound with deep roots in the '60s. Their guitar-and-piano arrangements are often filled out by luxurious trumpets and strings, but the clever, sardonic lyrics keep things from ever getting too mushy. The bright, irresistible pop melodies stand in sharp contrast to decidedly downbeat lyrics that recall Morrissey at his sharpest. Timeless, gorgeous and just cool enough to avoid a mainstream breakthrough.


1. Stars Of Track And Field, The
2. Seeing Other People
3. Me And The Major
4. Like Dylan In The Movies
5. Fox In The Snow, The
6. Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
7. If You're Feeling Sinister
8. Mayfly
9. Boy Done Wrong Again, The
10. Judy And The Dream Of The Horses

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000O59AAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
experiment with "if you're feeling sinister". i read a review of this album and picked it up because i watched the nickelodeon cartoon "belle and sebastian" when i was little. i liked that TV show when i was little, i like this band even more. one of the great secrets of belle and sebastian's music is that because of the soft voices and gentle music, you don't realize that their lyrics have lines like: "she was into S&M and Bible studies/not everyone's cup of tea she would admit to me" (from the title track). the songs on "if you're feeling sinister album" flow together well-craftedly, this is a good album to listen to all the way through. although "tigermilk" preceeded this album, and several other albums have followed this one, "if you're feeling sinister" is the best first album to chose if you are even remotely considering experimenting with this band. if you like clever and memorable lyrics, quirky Scottish pop that has depth, and bands that have tried and true fans, this album is your ticket to a good music. after all, there's a kafka book on the cover....
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "dan-o®" on March 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This one definitely ranks among the best albums I've ever heard. Each song is perfect pop, each with its own story to tell. "The Stars of Track and Field" is an epic, shimmery opener, "Seeing Other People," propelled by its rollicking Guaraldi-esque piano riff, shows lead singer Stuart Murdoch's clever lyrical wordplay. The real winners on SINISTER, however, are its middle tracks, "Like Dylan in the Movies," "The Fox in the Snow," and "Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying." These 3 songs are so beautiful, with great messages to boot. I guess the best advice I can give is to believe the hype and buy the album. Unless your idea of good music is Britney Spears or Limp Bizkit, SINISTER will easily rank among your favorites.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gargamel on June 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Scottish group Belle & Sebastian has delivered an impressive amount of high quality music in the decade or so that they've been around, and most people will argue that IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER is their best work to date. The album has all that you'd expect from a Belle & Sebastian CD. This means that you're in for slow paced rock tunes that basically sounds like Travis on novocain. On the surface Belle & Sebastian comes off as quite innocent, but listen closer and you'll hear that their lyrics are sad and depressing, yet at the same time pervaded by an uplifting (though quite black) sense of humour. My favourite songs on this CD are GET ME AWAY FROM HERE I'M DYING, THE FOX IN THE SNOW, ME AND THE MAJOR, and the title track, IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER. Great music! As long as your cup of tea isn't electronical bands or mainstream music like All Saint, but rather bands like Travis, Radiohead and Coldplay, then I'm sure you'll get a kick out of this CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Edelin on June 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard too much about Belle & Sebastian other than a good word and the occasional rave review and didn't give them much thought. I heard 'Like Dylan In The Movies' at a friend's house and had to hear more. This album completely exceeded all of my expectations and made me a permanent fan of the group.
Musically, the album is very folkish, with most acoustic guitars, or clean electric guitars. On some songs ('Seeing Other People', 'The Fox In The Snow') the piano is the dominant instrument. Many of the tracks are also augmented with trumpet melodies ('The Stars Of Track And Field') and gentle string arrangements ('Like Dylan In The Movies', 'The Boy Done Wrong Again'). The lyrics are another high point to this album, they are absolutely fabulous. Sometimes dark, sometimes thoughtful or introspective, and always interesting.
Despite what a few reviews say, this album is not esoteric or difficult. It's actually quite catchy and melodic, even easy on the ears. It's very quirky and has that very Anglo European kinda feel to it. The music is very tonal and really quite simple and pleasing. It's not an album that "scenesters" have to pretend to like, because it easily gets by on its own merits. If you've heard good things about this group, please buy this album, it's well worth it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jefferson on February 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There was a ton of great music written in the 90's. This record is certainly falls into that category. PErsonally, the three best records of the 90's were Hollywood Town Hall by the Jayhawks, The Soft Bulletin by the Flaming Lips, and If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle and Sebastian.

This is a perfect record. Im also amused by folks who claim it's a "rainy day record". I find that to be rather untrue. In fact, I find the record to be more of a suunny road trip record. Why? Well there is alot of stuff going on in the background that when combined with the singers voice create grand moments that are musical versions of rolling landscapes - passing an old oak tree bathed in sunlight, catching the bend of a river underneath a bridge as you pass by, blue skies and fields as far as you can see..... This is all in the world of the stunning instrumentation of these songs.

This record has amazing songs about interesting characters, but it transfers to the larger stage of the world, not just the corner of some room. Grab yourself some coffee or hot chocolate and hit the road with this cd on a beautiful sunny day. You will surely enjoy it.
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