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If You're Feeling Sinister
     

If You're Feeling Sinister

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by Belle and Sebastian
 

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Belle & Sebastian's second record, If You're Feeling Sinister, is, for all intents and purposes, really their first, since their debut in 1996 was not heard outside of privileged inner circles. And If You're Feeling Sinister really did have quite a bit of an impact upon its release in 1996, largely because during the first half of the '90s the whimsy and

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Belle & Sebastian's second record, If You're Feeling Sinister, is, for all intents and purposes, really their first, since their debut in 1996 was not heard outside of privileged inner circles. And If You're Feeling Sinister really did have quite a bit of an impact upon its release in 1996, largely because during the first half of the '90s the whimsy and preciousness that had been an integral part of alternative music was suppressed by grunge. Whimsy and preciousness are an integral part of If You're Feeling Sinister, along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements -- a wonderful blend of the Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, to be reductive. Even if it's firmly within the college, bed-sit tradition, and is unabashedly retrogressive, that gives Sinister a special, timeless character that's enhanced by Stuart Murdoch's wonderful, lively songwriting. Blessed with an impish sense of humor, a sly turn of phrase, and an alluringly fey voice, he gives this record a real sense of backbone, in that its humor is far more biting than the music appears and the music is far more substantial that it initially seems. Sinister plays like a great forgotten album, couched in '80s indie, '90s attitude, and '60s folk-pop. It's beautifully out of time, and even if other Belle & Sebastian albums sound like it, this is where they achieved a sense of grace.

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Release Date:
06/23/1999
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861029625
catalogNumber:
10296
Rank:
49291

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If You're Feeling Sinister 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I remember this album when it came out it struck me as one of the most somber and beautiful things I had ever heard. Because Stuart Murdoch had the voice of a poet but his lyrics weren't meant to be poetry they were meant to be an oral story that would carry on a tradition of a CD that was a vision of not fame but music.
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This was the first Belle & Sebastian CD I ever purchased back in 2000. I have been in love with their music ever since. Filled with humor, pain, irony, sarcasm, love, hate... The sad yet sweet singing and beautiful keyboards, guitars, percussion, strings, brass...it has it all. It's just the right mix that it blends so well and can be great for in the car, at a party, studying, or even falling asleep. Just listen and you'll see. B&S is addictive. It's real talent!
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