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Write About Love

Belle & SebastianAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0040T7B2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Didn't See It Coming
2. Come on Sister
3. Calculating Bimbo
4. I Want the World to Stop
5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John [ft. Norah Jones]
6. Write About Love [ft. Carey Mulligan]
7. I'm Not Living in the Real World
8. Ghost of Rockschool
9. Read the Blessed Pages
10. I Can See Your Future
11. Sunday's Pretty Icons

Editorial Reviews

Back after a 5-year hiatus doing solo projects, soundtracks and more, Glasgow's beloved BELLE AND SEBASTIAN have returned with one of their finest albums. Marrying the intimacy of early works like Sinister and Tigermilk with the production values of their more recent work, Write About Love is a varied, captivating and occasionally disturbing trawl through the mind of Stuart Murdoch and his colleagues.The album features duets with Norah Jones and actress Carey Mulligan (An Education)

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belle and Sebastian - Play it safe October 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
3.5 stars

Come on what were you were you expecting, Belle and Sebastian sing death metal? This new album by B & S "Write about love" is largely about continuity despite a four year absence since 2006's "The Life Pursuit" and of course is full of charming, quirky and wryly observed indie pop songs with what John Peel used to describe as dangerous hints of melody.

A friend once asked me to burn a "Best of" compilation of Belle and Sebastian songs, and sadly she is still waiting for it. The trouble of course is that the songs of this wonderful Scottish band more than just soundtrack your life they sometimes define it. Thus picking out favourites involves all kinds of agonies. "Expectations" and "We rule the school" from their debut Tiger Milk defines the period of formal education for many people. "Step into my office baby" is a salutary warning to every person embarking on a office fling while the whole of the wonderful "If your feeling sinister" is an album which has sound tracked more than its fair share of bedsit angst and broken romance.

"Write about love" continues many of these themes and is a very nice and pleasant album which could be its big problem. In one sense its Belle and Sebastian "go mainstream" without the extremes of terrible frustrated heartache, minus the outright wistful melancholy and with lyrics not quite as witty and clever as they once were. They still produce great titles and in "Calculating bimbo" they have a song which is probably closer to their roots with the trademark Murdoch and Martin vocal interplay. Similarly there are excellent pop songs like the lovely five minute plus "Didn't see it coming" sung by Sarah Martin while actress Carey Mulligan star of the excellent British film "An Education", guests on the sunshine filled title track.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing sinister about new Belle and Sebastian... October 14, 2010
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First the good news: Stuart Murdoch and his merry band of melodic players are back. It's been four long years since their last full length recording (The Life Pursuit.) This is a safe and predictable outing from Scotland's indie darlings: Light as a feather female vocals, check; Chamber pop arrangements, check; Stuart's lyrical soft touch, check; A dash of blue eyed soul/r and b, check. It's like they took everything that people like about the band and put out a Belle and Sebastian by the numbers record. In today's pop world, that's not a bad thing.

Now the not so good news: There is nothing on here that comes close to the heights of The State I'm In, Like Dylan in the Movies or The Model (or a dozen other brilliant songs from previous releases.) Don't get me wrong, there is some magic here: A beautiful transition, a clever line or a jangling guitar part that are sure to raise one's spirit. It just seems like we've heard it all before. Some of the melodies are similar to what we've heard in the past.

Highlights include the bouncy tracks Come on Sister and I Want the World to Stop along with the ballads Calculating Bimbo and Read the Blessed Pages. Actually there are no weak tracks here. There's just nothing that challenges their past masterpieces. I kept wondering when I'd feel the goosebumps...

Write About Love is the perfect album to play if you want to feel happy. It's kind of like a walk through a meadow. Classic albums like If You're Feeling Sinister are the kind of albums you play on a rainy day while sipping hot tea. Back then, Stuart could write songs about love (and just about everything else) that made you laugh and cry (with goosebumps.) As we all reach middle age (fans and band, alike), safe and sunny feels pretty good. It's good to know this gentle and kind rock band still has its heart in the right place.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand all the haters... November 16, 2010
By e. e.
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I was recently discussing with one of my friends about this album, and apparently everyone she knows thinks it's terrible, and she didn't like it either. But I really disagree... I actually really really like it. I actually like it better than "The Life Pursuit" (which my friend could NOT believe). I think we expect too much from them. I don't think there can be another "If You're Feeling Sinister" because it was just THAT amazing. That was a once in a lifetime kind of good that most bands can only hope to achieve once, if at all. It's just unreasonable to expect more than that. Anyway, I don't think this album was bad by any means. Upon first listen, I had my doubts, but it really improves with time, like most good albums. I was really skeptical about the Norah Jones collaboration, but it's absolutely amazing. Definitely one of the high points of the album. My favorite song here is "Come On Sister". I like that they're going for a faster pace here, but it's still undeniably their signature sound. I also LOVE the synths. I think it's a perfect compliment to the music, but it really adds something, instead of just being arbitrary. One of my other favorites is "I Can See Your Future". I love the horn and string arrangements. I wish they would have ended with this song instead of "Sunday's Pretty Icons". I'm never really crazy about Stevie's songs, but "I'm Not Living in the Real World" isn't too bad. It's really a pretty solid album. I already love singing along to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre March 26, 2011
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I'm a huge Belle & Sebastian fan so I wish I had something better to say about this album. After six years away from recording, you think Stuart Murdoch and the rest of the band would come up with something a little bit better and less phoned-in. Write About Love is a huge disappointment with nary a standout or memorable track among the bunch. Even Belle & Sebastian's previous worst album, Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like A Peasant, gave us the masterpiece The Model. I also can't believe that a Stevie song, I'm Not Living In The Real World, is my favorite track on this new CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars B&S at its finest -- AGAIN!!!
Still at the top of their breeziness -- a definite return to near perfection after their somewhat erratic album The Life Pursuit -- and great appearences by Carey Mulligan and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Belle and Sebastian continue their winning ways
This past weekend I had the good fortune of seeing Belle and Sebastian live in concert for the first time ever (more on that later), so I just had to relisten to their most recent... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This is my first foray into Belle & Sebastian and I absolutely love it! Do your self a favor and pick this one up!
Published 11 months ago by Movieguy77
3.0 out of 5 stars Though endowed with a couple of standout tracks, Belle and Sebastian...
Released in 2010, WRITE ABOUT LOVE is the eighth album by Scottish pop band Belle and Sebastian, and the second produced by Tony Hoffer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christopher Culver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, the Vinyl itself could be better
The music on this album is absolutely phenomenal, an excellent blend of slow songs, upbeat songs, and in between. If you're a fan of Belle & Sebastian, this is a must have. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Donald K
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a Cute Album
This was an adorable album full of great music that set my mind at ease. I first came across Belle and Sebastian on KCRW and I rushed over here to get their album, and I regret... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by lonewolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album¡
great band, great album (hard for new bands keeping releasing good albums after have a lot album) good songs here, now I have all BS albums... all are great.
Published on February 21, 2011 by E. Mora
5.0 out of 5 stars Dunnno what to think about this CD yet.
I guess I am still getting used to this CD as a whole. It's like I have heard it before and most songs sound like that one (from previous cds) I always wanted to finish fast so I... Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Belle & Sebastian Could Write About Anything!
I own all of the B&S albums and have seen them in concert twice. They are fabulous and I love every album they have released. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by amygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I love this band. Imagine my surprise when I ripped it to my computer and saw that the "genre" designation was ALTERNATIVE & PUNK. Alt? Perhaps. Punk? Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by P. C. Duncan
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