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Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
     

Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

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by Belle and Sebastian
 

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Join the club! That appears to be the message behind this anthology of Belle & Sebastian's early singles. As their anorak-clad fans have long known, some of the Scottish indie-pop group's best songs appeared on the seven EPs compiled here -- from early highlights such as "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "Dog on Wheels" to later, farther-reaching tunes like the

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Join the club! That appears to be the message behind this anthology of Belle & Sebastian's early singles. As their anorak-clad fans have long known, some of the Scottish indie-pop group's best songs appeared on the seven EPs compiled here -- from early highlights such as "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "Dog on Wheels" to later, farther-reaching tunes like the effervescent shimmy "Legal Man" and the Zombies-esque "Jonathan David." Plus, it's all non-album material, and the two-disc format makes for convenient listening, even for fans who have all the individual discs (the booklet also contains lyrics and original cover art, so really, all you're missing is a lot of extra plastic). While every track on the first disc is essential indie listening, the second disc, in particular, shows the band pushing themselves in new directions, from the garage-pop instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap," suggestive of B&S's soundtrack work for Storytelling, to the twangy, strings-laden "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It." Moreover, some of Stuart Murdoch's best couplets are contained within these laser-driven grooves, e.g., "So I gave myself to God / There was a pregnant pause before he said, Okay" ("The State I Am In") and "We're four boys in our corduroys / We're not terrific but we're competent" ("This Is Just a Modern Rock Song"). Not since Morrissey's golden days has a pop band captured the anxiety of outcast youth with such well-versed aplomb.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Belle & Sebastian never felt tied down to the album as the ultimate expression of a band's worth. Put simply, they didn't feel the need to hold back their best songs for albums; the fourth song on a four-song EP was just as likely to be among their finest as any other. For proof check out Push Barman to Open New Wounds, a handy compilation of the group's EPs recorded between 1997 and 2001 for Jeepster and Matador. Beginning with "Dog on Wheels" all the way through, the band used its EPs as means of exploring new sounds and angles (check the groovy '60s spy song "Legal Man," the epic in length and scope "This Is Just a Modern Love Song," the bubbly sunshine pop of "I Love My Car," or the silly instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap") as well as an outlet for great songs that wouldn't fit on albums, like "Slow Graffiti," "A Century of Fakers," and "Lazy Line Painter Jane." Some of the tracks here would be pillars on a B&S greatest-hits compilation too; fantastic songs like "Dog on Wheels," "The State I Am In," "I'm Waking Up to Us," and "Put the Book Back on the Shelf." Push Barman to Open New Wounds is essential listening, the third disc you should get by the band behind If You're Feeling Sinister and Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Even if you already have all the EPs, you'll want to get this disc. It is reasonable priced, housed in the usual attractive package, and hearing all the songs back to back reinforces what an amazing group Belle & Sebastian were and are. [The disc also comes in a deluxe package, though all that means is that instead of a jewel case it comes in a hardcover book-style jacket.]
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Two discs of steady brilliance.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861064923
catalogNumber:
10649
Rank:
15621

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belle and Sebastian   Primary Artist
Francis MacDonald   Guitar
David Wilson   Banjo
Fiona Stephen   Violin
John Hogarty   Guitar
Monica Queen   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jonny Quinn   Conga,Guest Appearance
George Cuthbertson   Viola
Jacqui Penfold   Viola
Andrea Kuypers   Flute
Lex Allan   Sousaphone
Dervilagh Cooper   Violin
Cheryl Crockett   Violin
Rozanne Suarez   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stan Reilly   Clarinet
Mary Ward   Viola
Louise Bennie   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Ronan Breslin   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Murray Fergusson   Violin
Alison Green   Bassoon
Gary Grochla   Double Bass
Carole Howat   Violin
Clare McKeown   Violin
Judy Mitchell   Oboe,Guest Appearance
Laura Molloy   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Gill Reecey   Violin
Isla Robertson   Violin

Technical Credits

Mike Hurst   Producer
Belle and Sebastian   Composer,Producer
Jackson   Cover Star
Tony Doogan   Producer,Engineer
Geoff Allan   Engineer
Nick Haddow   Cover Photo
Mick Cooke   Contribution
Steve MacKenzie   Engineer
Mark McWhirter   Contribution
Neil Cameron   Engineer
Rozanne Suarez   Cover Star
Adrienne Payne   Cover Star
David Campbell   Contribution
Rebecca Ashton   Cover Model
Gerry Campbell   Contribution
Gill Cooke   Cover Model
Jack McConchie   Cover Model
Gerry McLean   Cover Model
Brian Nugent   Contribution
Andrew Symington   Cover Design

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