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Tigermilk Original recording reissued

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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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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • 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 (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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...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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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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By A Customer on July 19, 1999
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Of course there are those of us who criticize the extremities of Amazon.com reviews. (Five stars if it's good, one star if its anything less than that) So while "Tigermilk" has barely left my CD Player since its July 13 release, I can't give it a full five. It's got the simplicity and pinash of "Sinister," which is nice, following the pleasant, but overall disapointing "Arab Strap." I had no idea there was a "first" album out there so when I heard it was going to be released, I hoped it would sound more like "Sinister." And it does. Arguing qualities of music is pretty pointless, because its the most subjective art form out there (moods, tones, tastes, sentimental value, anything else all seem to determine wether or not we like a song... and even then for how long we like it). But if you liked "Sinister," this album is a good choice. It's simple, catchy, and a little more poignant than your average top 40 act. If browsing samples, pay attention to "She's Losing It" and "The State That I am In."
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