The classic second album from 1997 originally on Jeepster. If you buy one Belle and Sebastian album then this is it. Led by Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian offer up a largely acoustic folk-pop sound with deep roots in the '60s. Their guitar-and-piano arrangements are often filled out by luxurious trumpets and strings, but the clever, sardonic lyrics keep things from ever getting too mushy. The bright, irresistible pop melodies stand in sharp contrast to decidedly downbeat lyrics that recall Morrissey at his sharpest. Timeless, gorgeous and just cool enough to avoid a mainstream breakthrough. Whimsy and preciousness is 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 and Garfunkel, to be reductive.
RIYL Orange Juice, Saint Etienne, The Cardigans.
1. The Stars of Track and Field
2. Seeing Other People
3. Me and the Major
4. Like Dylan In the Movies
5. The Fox In the Snow
6. Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying
7. If You’re Feeling Sinister
9. The Boy Done Wrong Again
10. Judy and the Dream of Horses