Thursday, December 22, 2005

Belle & Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue

So I finally had a chance to sit down and listen to all of Belle & Sebastian's upcoming album The Life Pursuit (it leaked a while back), and I have to say I'm really digging it. This is a band that have managed to progress far beyond their lo-fi roots, adding new instruments and influences while still maintaining the delicate melodies that are their trademark. There are some amazingly catchy pop songs here, and I can't get enough. (On a related note, I'd like to draw your attention to a B&S live cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean hosted on the French MP3 site, Aujourd'hui plus qu'hier. I can't think of a band more well-suited to cover this song.)

» Bonus Track: We Are The Sleepyheads

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