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Tigermilk [Original recording reissued]

Belle & SebastianAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000I9MK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The State I Am In
2. Expectations
3. She's Losing It
4. You're Just A Baby
5. Electronic Renaissance
6. I Could Be Dreaming
7. We Rule The School
8. My Wandering Days Are Over
9. I Don't Love Anyone
10. Mary Joe

Editorial Reviews

Tigermilk is simply gorgeous, an unaffected debut equal to the Smiths' finest work, and seemed to arrive fully formed out of nowhere in May 1996. In songs like the pastoral, shimmering "The State I Am In" and the wonderfully naive "We Rule the School," bandleader Stuart Murdoch had already laid the seeds that would later come to such full, poignant fruition on If You're Feeling Sinister and The Boy with the Arab Strap. The 10 songs here have such a natural pop sensibility, such a grace and resonance, it's hard now to believe that Tigermilk was only originally intended as a small-time project between seven Glaswegian friends (the original vinyl release was limited to 1,000 copies). Whimsical, surreal, and beautiful, this reissue is well worth the wait. --Everett True

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie masterpiece November 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The story of B&S is the story of a band without the intention of selling music, who still became one of the most influential indie-bands. Deriving their name from a French childrens book named "Belle et Sebastién", Belle and Sebastian is by all measures a band quite outside the ordinary.

"Tigermilk", their debut album, was originally released on Electric Honey Records - a small label run as a part-time project by students of the Glasgow School of Art. Originally the label only had capacity to release one EP a year, but when Stuart Murdoch turned up with ten songs and eight band members, they decided to make this one a full-length LP. As the belles had to cover most of the costs themselves, the original vinyl LP was only printed in 1,000 copies, and even so the band still had problems finding buyers for them all.

Today Belle and Sebastian have fans more or less everywhere - the band even has a nightclub in Korea named to their honour. And when listening to "Tigermilk" one instantly understands why the band achieved such fame, more or less against their own will.

Although "Tigermilk" was the bands debut - recorded with both limited time and resources at their disposal - it still shows the belles at their absolute best. Though musically it lacks some of the range of the three-ep box-set "Lazy Lane Painter Jane", its consistency and timelessness made it a classic all from the start. One needs only to listen through the opening track of the album, "The State That I am In", to see what makes the belles stand out from everyone else. Sarcastic lyrics about human failure and tragedy is mixed with upbeat pop-melodies form the basis of most of B&S' music, creating their signature soundscape.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece. September 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
...I must write in to say that this is truly a masterpiece of an album. Stuart Murdoch writes lyrics worthy of the great Lou Reed and melodies worthy of the Beatles. The instruments and identities of the eight band members meld into one to create a sonic stew of pop nirvana. "The State I Am In" and "We Rule The School" are undeniable works of genius, but the other songs also hold strongly. "Electronic Renaissance" is a great track, but it doesn't truly belong with this collection of indie pop-rock tunes.
Belle and Sebastian is one of the best modern rock bands, as Stuart Murdoch's complex and intellectual lyrics are easily bent into hummable pop melodies, you find yourself loving it more with each listen. This is truly a great album.
(This album deserves 4.5 stars, but 5 will have to do)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright... June 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hard to phathom how this little doozy got started. So some college kids from Glasgow got together to put to music some penned up material from aspiring poet Stuart Murdoch, and the result was a very limited edition of about 1,000 vinyl copies of what became known as "Tigermilk". Usually this stuff gets a B+ by the instructor, is listened to a few times by family members and close friends of the 'band', then gets forgotten, and the students graduate and get real jobs or something. Hah, well, sometimes in the vast sea of college projects rises to the surface a creation that doesn't go away...or refuses to go away, as the case may be. Like the "Blair Witch" phenomenom, this quiet, unassuming set of 10 songs caught a wave -- a tidal wave so-to-speak -- and for its first few years of its existence, was spread mostly through word of mouth (and then through music file sharing programs, at least until more copies went into print) at an alarming rate. Why is that? What makes this record so special?

Well, start with the opening song, "The State I Am In". This song begins with a faye acapella and lots of atmosphere...just Murdoch and a quiet accoustic guitar. The voice is delicate, but gripping, and the lyrics offer an intriguing puzzle that sucks you in at once. You could swear it was Nick Drake singing from beyond the grave. It virtually insists that, if you are to listen, you are to give it your full and undivided attention. And slowly enough you realize, this guy has something really important to say...passively perhaps, almost without consequence...but you can't help but think this could be your younger sibling or best friend that is suddenly opening their heart and soul to you. For instance, "The priest in the booth had a photographic memory for all he had heard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tigermilk May 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to say which is the best B+S album. Of the three this is possibly the most charming. These are all simply beautiful songs, which in all honesty don't sound that much like Nick Drake, the Smiths or whoever. And despite contrary opinion, 'Electronic Rennaisance' is moody and fantastic (and is blatantly NOT written by Stuart David- someone wrote that in a review). 'The State I Am In', 'My Wandering Days Are Over'and 'Mary Jo' are my favourites, but with B+S everyone likes different ones. There is no-one quite like this band, who approach songwriting and recording so simply, melodically and (I'm going to have to use it again) beautifully. It's brilliant when you're being kept awake by Slipknot fans in your Halls of Residence to crank up 'Mary Jo' back at them, complete with flute solo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album I always go back to
I always want to love the other Belle and Sebastian albums as much as Tiger Milk, and some single songs approach the overall quality of their masterpiece, but generally I find the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brent Fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
Belle and Sebastian have long held my heart with their music. This particular album was a must-have for my vinyl collection, and would recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Superficially infantile, at heart a substantial pop classic
I've had a complex relationship with TIGERMILK, the debut album of Belle and Sebastian. Growing up in the 1990s and early millennium, I had heard of Belle and Sebastian as a major... Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by Christopher Culver
3.0 out of 5 stars Study foundation
Oft-cited debut can't live up to classic status (lacking more intricate songwriting that was to come) but can be seen as the head-turning, prog-folk, arrangement-heavy group's... Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a Belle?
If you're a Belle (a Belle and Sebastian fan), pass this by. You don't need to be told. If you've never heard this amazing band, whose exquisite retro melodies meet frequently... Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by valentine03
5.0 out of 5 stars One of B&S' better albums
This is the 4th B&S album I bought, and it was a fantastic purchase. After snatching up their newer albums (The Life Pursuit and Dear Catastrophe Waitress) I listened to their... Read more
Published on February 3, 2008 by Scott Yanoff
5.0 out of 5 stars best debut album ever (for some silly kids ;)
B&S display their classic wit and talent from the very first line of this debut album.

My favorites include Expectations, We Rule the School, and I Don't Love Anyone.
Published on May 10, 2007 by Penny Prophet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I enjoy listening to the entire cd, a must have for any B & S fan.
Published on January 3, 2007 by BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars If I have to pick my favorite...
Plain and simple...Belle & Sebastian is my favorite band and this is, in my opinion, their best album. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by jidazosp
5.0 out of 5 stars So many good reviews for a good album
If you're looking at this album to buy and enjoy, please be aware that most fans of this album just happen to enjoy it. Read more
Published on November 18, 2006 by bluetwilight
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