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This Is Just a Modern Rock / Slow Graffiti [Single, Import]

Belle & SebastianAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B00000I2SI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
2. I Know Where Summer Goes
3. The Gate
4. Slow Graffiti

Editorial Reviews

Four track EP with NONE of the cuts available on the folkyScottish indie pop group's acclaimed 1998 album 'The BoyWith The Arab Strap'. Contains the 7:18 minute long 'This IsJust A Modern Rock Song', plus 'The Gate' (with IsobelCampbell guesting on vocals), 'I Know Where The SummerGoes' & 'Slow Graffiti', their contribution to the Irvine'Trainspotting' Welsh-penned film 'The Acid House'. Standardjewelcase. 1998 Jeepster Recordings release.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars we're four boys in our corduroys... June 22, 2001
By nancyp
Format:Audio CD
4 and a half stars, really. And at the time, they were actually six boys and two girls... but anyway. Yes, twelve dollars plus shipping is a lot to pay for four songs, but in this case, you should strongly consider it. "This is Just a Modern Rock Song" is one of the best songs Belle & Sebastian have ever recorded, and indeed, one of the best songs of the 1990's. It is a sonic epic along the lines of "Hey Jude" or "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (hyperbole not present), and the beauty of it is, they're not even aiming there. Seven-minute songs nowadays tend to be pretentious, grandiose, derivative, and devoid of subtlety, musical or lyrical.... "Modern Rock Song" is none of those things... it's honesty and simplicity are its greatness.
The other three songs are top-notch B&S as well. On the whole, I'd say this EP provides more essential listening than all of "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Shop accordingly...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle & Sebastian's best E.P. to date. December 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You can never go wrong with Belle & Sebastian. With every release, I find myself saying "This is better then their last" and they have not made one bad release yet (If you disclude the horrid side projects). With "This Is Just A Modern Rock Song", we see the group exploring different aspects of folk and writing their best lyrics yet. People like me who thought "If You're Feeling Sinister" was their best album will definitely enjoy this E.P.
The E.P. opens with the title track, a slow paced western folk song which contains my favorite vocals in Belle & Sebastian and favorite lyric "I am not as sad as Dostoevsky, I'm not as clever as Mark Twain". This song represents how beautiful and grand a song can be with little effort. Primo production work. Next is "I Know Where The Summer Goes" with its church based organ and one beat drums sending you to a nice summer day. "The Gate" which features Isobel's vocals is even better then her vocal debut on "Is It Wicked Not To Care?" on their 1998 album "The Boy With The Arab Strap". I aboustley love the piano and trumpet section, the kind of heavenly movement that one might expect from Handel. The ending is the main reward, "Slow Graffiti", one of my favorite Belle & Sebastian tracks. Stuart's melancholy vocals over a lonely piano and echoing guitars.
As I say everytime I mention a Belle & Sebastian release, get everything you can by them! However this E.P. remains my favorite out of the rest because it touches all the musical aspects of Belle & Sebastian and has the feel and pleasure of a full length album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. April 25, 2001
By W. Bell
Format:Audio CD
Slow Graffiti is one of the best songs ever recorded....I'm not a huge Belle and Sebastian fan, but this song is truly amazing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I can only really review the first song on this release as it's been on repeat on my CD player for that long that I haven't got around to track 2 yet (it's that good). It does start off quiet but builds up to an almighty climax. Well thought out lyrics as well. Buy it, it's worth it for track one by itself. The video's good too if you get a chance to see it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a great EP October 1, 2009
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
Few bands mastered the art of the short length like B&S, putting forth output in the spirit of their retro recordings in earlier days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one left out..... January 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ah, the infamous EP left out of the "Lazy Line Painter Jane" ep-set. And for good reason, folks. No, this is not a bad EP, this is a WONDERFUL, TEAR-JEARKING, and MOVING EP by Belle and Sebastian. The first song is worth it all....starting from a single repeated strum of guitar, working itself into a slow moving amalgam of stings, drums, murdoch's crooning voice, and the horns (of course). Belle and Sebastian want to keep this EP on the down-low, or else we all would know who they really are: moving, smart, witty, and incredible songwriters who know how to make perfection in pop music.
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