Tigermilk Original recording reissued
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"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.Read more ›
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)
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.Read more ›
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Awesome. Purely phenomenal album that sounds even better on its original vinyl.
Every song seems to flow together. Read more
back in the end of december 2005, i was wandering my local library in a mind fog and it was like the hand of God had me pick up this cd, never heard of belle and sebastian or this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nick
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 morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Brent Fisk
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 morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Ben
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 morePublished on May 13, 2011 by Christopher Culver
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 morePublished on March 26, 2009 by IRate
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 morePublished on August 3, 2008 by Amazon Customer Lydia Ondrusek
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 morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Scott Yanoff
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.
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