Lazy Line Painter Jane / You Made Me Forget Single, Import
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OK- a few things here: best 4 bucks I've spent in a LONG time. I would have gladly paid more than full price for this sucker had I know how great it was. Also, I'm SO angry at myself for waiting so long to get to know this great music! The EP set is only the tip of the iceberg, as they have four or five full-lengths, but I so admire their dedication to the EP format. Each of these (and Jonathan David, which I also got and strongly recommend!) have their own character and flavor.
Major highlight is "Lazy Line Painter Jane" which is the kind of song that could have ruled the airwaves back when Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" was a miserable failure. It reaches such orgasmic heights of Phil Specto-rama, with layer upon layer of sound building and building (AND BUILDING AND BUILDING) around the duet between Stewart and the soulful white girl Monica White. The lyrics are vague in a Stewart kind of way, with enough evocative references to "boys" and "girls" who's lives are potentially altered by the "last bus out of town" to make you buy into this grandiose drama of human feeling without knowing exactly what the hell is going on (Dylan-esque? Yes!) It's a total geek-out! And I just LOVE how that bass line recenters the focus after the first verse, breaks it all down and then builds it back up! You da man, Stewart!Read more ›
A new 2 disc set has surfaced, thanks to Matador. It's called PUSH BARMAN TO OPEN OLD WOUNDS, and it contains all these songs and more for a cheaper price. If you're looking for non-album tracks from Scotland's best band, I'd say the decision is a no-brainer. Buy PUSH BARMAN instead - it's the price of a single disc album, and you get 25 tracks from all EP's 1997-2001. What a deal.
Lazy Line Painter Jane: This one is really the odd one out. The first song is one of my least favorite Belle and Sebastian songs out there. It's not that it's too long or anything (past the five minute mark), it's just that the lead singer in the song is a guest vocalist and her voice clashes with the music. The next song is 'You Made Me Forget My Dreams', which is one of the saddest and sweetest songs Stuart Murdoch ever wrote. The third song on the ep is 'Photo Jenny'. It is very poppy (think 'Mayfly') and very silly and very Belle and Sebastian. The last track is a Stuart David pre-Looper song in which he speaks of his wife, his father, and his cat named Elvis. Very funny and very sweet, this is my favorite track on 'Jane'.
3...6...9 Seconds of Light: This ep is the reason I am re-writing this review. I terribly misjudged it the first time around and now it is time to set things straight. This is my favorite of the three eps, hands down. The first song is 'Century of Fakers' (which is 'Century of Elvis' minus Stuart David's story and with Stuart Murdoch's vocals in the foreground), and it is a great, great song.Read more ›
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Apparently the old ep's from this group were, atypically for almost all bands releasing as many as B&S did, reliable for quality. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by IRate
Now look, I don't care what else is on there, but I just spent 2 hours listening to the title track and being a Velvet Underground-o-phile I can say this is what the VU anno 69... Read morePublished on May 10, 2006 by Bonzo The goD
This is a superb box set and showcases songwriting as elegantly economic and sincere as lazy Jane's art. The keynote of great art is sincerity and that's what resonates here. Read morePublished on June 19, 2005 by J. Harkness
Unabashed pop music, but richly so in a melancholy vein. Like a slow gin fizz. When the band's emotions get pumping, as on the track "Lazy Line Painter Jane", you can expect a... Read morePublished on May 18, 2005 by jon sieruga
Was there every a point in Stuart Murdoch's life when he wasn't crafting wonderful, wonderful songs? Read morePublished on April 25, 2005 by Captain Eclectic
I can't figure out exactly why I don't care all that much for this disk. Most of the music that becomes my favourites have several key components in common:
Strong... Read more
There are some bands who can barely scrape together a few songs in order to release a somewhat passable album. Read morePublished on February 15, 2005 by G. Frenkel
It's really just worth it to buy this one, I'm afraid. There's so much Belle & Sebastian stuff out there that one can be almost intimidated, but I assure you, this one's the good... Read morePublished on September 1, 2004 by Trevor
write a prententious nonsensical review about how smart and intellectual i am because i'm from manhattan. Read morePublished on May 11, 2004 by R. Dale