Belle and Sebastian - A Bit of Previous

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A Bit of Previous:

1 Young and Stupid
2 If They’re Shooting at You
3 Talk to Me Talk to Me
4 Reclaim the Night
5 Do It for Your Country
6 Prophets on Hold
7 Unnecessary Drama
8 Come on Home
9 A World Without You
10 Deathbed of My Dreams
11 Sea of Sorrow
12 Working Boy in New York City

Bee OK, Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:54 (two months ago) link

out May 6, 2022 via Matador

Bee OK, Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:55 (two months ago) link

Bee OK, Thursday, 3 March 2022 02:55 (two months ago) link

Have they ever rocked this hard before? It sounds like the New Pornographers.

Also, Stuart, I don't think you should be holding that kind of mic that way.

No Xmas For Jonchaies (Tom Violence), Thursday, 3 March 2022 03:12 (two months ago) link

I thought it sounded like the Smiths.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 3 March 2022 03:17 (two months ago) link


STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 March 2022 14:13 (two months ago) link

I'm feeling this. Haven't really listened to them since TLP as I'd assumed from whatever I heard afterwards sounded like spinning wheels, but this is good!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 3 March 2022 15:57 (two months ago) link

girls in peacetime is massively underrated. other records ok

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:06 (two months ago) link

Is it just me, though? Lots of "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before"? (An ironic title in this case.) Even the harmonica stuff works as a Marr nod.

But yeah, I like this, and I, too, can't recall a note from anything after "The Life Pursuit," after which I had officially Had Enough.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:08 (two months ago) link

"i didn't see it coming" is also a huge jam that shouldn't be forgotten

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:10 (two months ago) link

Write About Love was the last one I really connected with. Third Eye Center had some great tracks, but it started to feel like they were just going through the motions with Girls in Peacetime. Not poorly, just not with a lot of enthusiasm either. In that sense, this new song doesn't sound like much of a departure. It sounds fine and I'll check out the album out of loyalty, but I'm not expecting any revelations (and maybe that's their point by now).

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:14 (two months ago) link

iirc people rejected girls in peacetime for the dance-pop which is clearly not them going through the motions??? idk what this thread is on about

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:24 (two months ago) link

Third Eye Centre always baffled me for the perversity of not including the original version of "Your Covers Blown", their best non-album track from that period

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:31 (two months ago) link

I keep on thinking, "there's no way this band is still putting out good music", and then listening to their new stuff and enjoying it. New song sounds great to me, their great melodic sense carrying through a harder rock style.

OneSecondBefore, Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:00 (two months ago) link

Nobody’s Empire is up there with their best work. Looking forward to this, though underwhelmed on first listen.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:16 (two months ago) link

That harmonica is a bit of a nuisance.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 3 March 2022 17:54 (two months ago) link

^Yeah, agree about the harmonica but other than that, solid as ever. Girls In Peacetime is definitely underrated; "Play For Today" is one of their towering masterpieces

J. Sam, Thursday, 3 March 2022 18:28 (two months ago) link

THIRD EYE CENTRE is not really a 'proper LP'.

HOW TO SOLVE OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS comes closer to being a proper LP, the one between GIPWTD and this new one.

the pinefox, Friday, 4 March 2022 09:13 (two months ago) link

I must admit, I don't own THIRD EYE CENTRE and this reminds me that I really should.

the pinefox, Friday, 4 March 2022 09:14 (two months ago) link

Went off them for years and ignored Girls In Peacetime until a couple of years ago... Nobody's Empire is indeed as good as they have ever been

PaulTMA, Friday, 4 March 2022 13:32 (two months ago) link

Don't agree with that, but glad if anyone plays and likes that LP. (I play it a lot.)

the pinefox, Friday, 4 March 2022 17:30 (two months ago) link

Lol just put on "Girls In Peacetime ... " and tbh if I ever listened to this record at all I don't remember a single note so far. But it's good!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 March 2022 17:57 (two months ago) link

For a long time now, their albums sound best if you wait at least 3 years after they're released before listening to them.

everything, Friday, 4 March 2022 19:37 (two months ago) link

Realised what the intro to the single reminds me of and it is 'Church of the Poison Mind' by Culture Club.

Piedie Gimbel, Thursday, 10 March 2022 08:24 (two months ago) link


Surely this is their best video ever? God, I hope the whole album sounds like this.

enochroot, Friday, 11 March 2022 01:33 (two months ago) link

What the heck is the newish bloke with the moustache gazing at in the rafters? A stuffed bird or something?

Still not really feeling this after a week. I approve of the harmonica though.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 11 March 2022 09:33 (two months ago) link

New song from the album set to photos from Ukraine and benefitting the Red Cross. Wasn't sure when I was told about it, but I think it's turned out quite powerful

Piedie Gimbel, Friday, 11 March 2022 11:08 (two months ago) link

these new tracks are a lot better than i was expecting from them at this point

ufo, Friday, 11 March 2022 15:11 (two months ago) link

Okay, "If They're Shooting At You" is more uncouraging imho.

I really quite liked at least half of the Human Problems tracks and (and Peacetime was overwhelmingly solid) so I guess never really gave up on B&S, despite routinely going many years between actually listening to them lol.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 11 March 2022 23:29 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Oh,this is also out today, I think I'm more excited to listen to this than Arcade Fire.

Bee OK, Friday, 6 May 2022 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

I can't seem to get through it without getting distracted and forgetting it's playing. But then I remember B&SWAL being a bit like that at first too, so...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 7 May 2022 05:17 (two weeks ago) link

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