Friday, June 14, 2013

Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With the Arab Strap

After dabbling with a few different ideas (to great effect, I might add) on their three 1997 EP's, Belle and Sebastian returned to classic form on The Boy With the Arab Strap.

The sound of the band on this album is essentially the same as it was on Tigermilk  and if You're Feeling Sinister, but while those albums were literally filled with undeniable classics, The Boy With the Arab Strap doesn't have nearly as many great ideas. In looking at Belle and Sebastian's prolific releases from 1996 to 1998, it makes sense that they would eventually dip into the well and pull up a bucket that wasn't quite as full as it had been before. That's what this album is. It's a mostly, but not completely full bucket. It's still a delightful bucket with several good tracks, but it's not brimming with them like its predecessors were.

Baleeted? No. The bucket is full enough to keep around...and give 4.5 stars to.

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