Belle and Sebastian - who on ILX will be right about Write About Love?

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I dunno, but I'll take any excuse I can to repost this image:

http://i39.tinypic.com/24g7rm0.jpg

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 16:52 (eleven years ago) link

never not funny

BLACK METAL IST KRIIIIIIIEEEEGGGGGGGGGGGG (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

LOL!

skip, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

First B&S thread I've ever clicked on and I hit the jackpot.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:22 (eleven years ago) link

dying @ that cover, ilxor

markers, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:34 (eleven years ago) link

Glad this thread is off to an entertaining start.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

at least the start is entertaining if not the record.

Zeno, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:54 (eleven years ago) link

Okay we just need BeeOK for the full set I think

'ray Clamence (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:00 (eleven years ago) link

"In an effort to promote the record in a fun, DIY style, Murdoch is urging fans to take pictures or video of themselves writing "Belle and Sebastian Write About Love" or just "Write About Love" around their own city or town. He set up a Flickr group and everything. And, because he's Stuart Murdoch, he added, "remember to use chalk or at least something non-permanent!" No B&S graffiti bombing plz."

Zeno, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:08 (eleven years ago) link

ugh

HI DERE, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:08 (eleven years ago) link

totally

Zeno, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:09 (eleven years ago) link

anyone have access to some film-quality gore effects so we can send in pictures of people spelling out "Belle and Sebastian Write About Love" in entrails

HI DERE, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:10 (eleven years ago) link

I second this emotion.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:12 (eleven years ago) link

The B & S facebook page thread about this is as excruciating as you would expect. I could have gone to a recording of a promotional TV show about this today, but I went to work instead.

ailsa, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:39 (eleven years ago) link

just want to say that despite all the surrounding gooeyness i don't think these guys are actually capable of making a bad record

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:50 (eleven years ago) link

i should get my wife some chalk and let her do some twee graffiti

('_') (omar little), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:53 (eleven years ago) link

Tweefiti?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:55 (eleven years ago) link

gratweetiti

('_') (omar little), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 21:56 (eleven years ago) link

btw the fake b&s cover was done by ken c after i gave him the idea, he did a great job.
so kudos to ken c!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:00 (eleven years ago) link

just want to say that despite all the surrounding gooeyness i don't think these guys are actually capable of making a bad record

Would agree with this. But by God do they need a slap for encouraging people to be so slappably mimsy.

ailsa, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

Ailsa, I believe you're the one who first suggested that B&S, despite their obvious talent, have this habit of encouraging their fans' worst traits. Once (when I was a wee lad of, oh, OK, I was already 30), I disagreed vehemently. Now I see it as an impediment to my overall enjoyment of the band.

we wanted lime (mike a), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 23:06 (eleven years ago) link

just be thankful none of their fans get their knitting out during a gig ;)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 23:12 (eleven years ago) link

but... what do we write about when we write about love

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

i saw a pre-show knitter at the jackson browne show the other week. didn't seem like such a bad idea!

hobbes, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

Writing about love is like dreaming about horses.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:02 (eleven years ago) link

Ailsa, I believe you're the one who first suggested that B&S, despite their obvious talent, have this habit of encouraging their fans' worst traits. Once (when I was a wee lad of, oh, OK, I was already 30), I disagreed vehemently. Now I see it as an impediment to my overall enjoyment of the band.

― we wanted lime (mike a), Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:06 PM (59 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

what the hell does this mean

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:06 (eleven years ago) link

it means he agrees with her now

kshighway61 revisited (electricsound), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:10 (eleven years ago) link

ok i understand that but i don't think i understand anything about the rest of it

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:11 (eleven years ago) link

have you met any B&S fans?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:16 (eleven years ago) link

have i met people who like one of the most popular indie bands of the last 15 years? sure have.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:18 (eleven years ago) link

Have any of them been the ultra twee insufferably cutesie types?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

no

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

i've never been *quite* sure why this type of fan elicits such negative responses, unless it has something to do with the alleged wimpiness factor?

('_') (omar little), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

so B&S thinks the things that might have worked back in 1996, will work again in 2010?
someone is naive - the band, the fans or both of them.

Zeno, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

i don't know, is this just a problem in the uk or something? the twee stereotype is so fucking played and despite having met a million hipsters of various stripes i have found no one who actually fulfills it.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:23 (eleven years ago) link

do b&s fans from '96 still like the '10 version of the band?

i thot they all listened to very truly yours and the motifs these days

kshighway61 revisited (electricsound), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

Quite possibly? It certainly does exist in Glasgow.
xp

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

Writing about love is like dreaming about horses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzYzVMcgWhg

neil hannon's finest moment tbh.

Spikey, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

I've nothing against them per se, but I can see how they would be annoying if you came across them a lot.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

btw this write the album title and take a picture thing if done by any other band would be treated as a straightforward viral marketing thing--like, welcome to 2010 fellas

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

no and no
xpost to electricsound

Zeno, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

i can't really think of a single popular band that doesn't end up encouraging the worst traits of their hardcore fans

('_') (omar little), Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

in other words, annoying people are annoying

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:27 (eleven years ago) link

wtf is rong with people who knit - winter isn't that far away and the tories are making everything, presumably including heating, uber expensive

a hoy hoy, Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:59 (eleven years ago) link

Oh man. This thread wins because someone posted the My Lovely Horse clip. <3 <3 <3.

o sh!t a ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ (ENBB), Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:20 (eleven years ago) link

Okay we just need BeeOK for the full set I think

haha, i got nothin'

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:41 (eleven years ago) link

excited about this, can't wait for new stuff

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:42 (eleven years ago) link

do b&s fans from '96 still like the '10 version of the band?

Well, I was a huge fan in '96 and will still stan for the first four albums hardcore. Wasn't as big a fan of the last two but saw them when they toured for both those albums and they were incredible live.

BTW, I have no idea who those two bands you mentioned are and I don't think I'm one of the annoying twee types people are talking about although I have met some and yes, they were British.

o sh!t a ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ (ENBB), Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:48 (eleven years ago) link

Oh and I've already bought tickets to see them in October so I guess I'll probably buy this album eventually so I'm not totally in the dark.

o sh!t a ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ (ENBB), Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:48 (eleven years ago) link

don't worry, i will be posting a lot less...soon.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:26 (ten years ago) link

i hope that isn't so. i like the individual album-threads you set up. anyway, up to you, obv., but i hope you stick around.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:28 (ten years ago) link

just in case anyone in this thread missed the tracklist

here is the tracklisting:

Belle & Sebastian Write About Love (also known informally as Write About Love) is the upcoming eighth studio album by Belle & Sebastian, slated to be released on October 11, 2010 on Rough Trade in the UK and on October 12, 2010 on Matador Records.

1. "I Didn't See It Coming"
2. "Come On Sister"
3. "Calculating Bimbo"
4. "I Want The World to Stop"
5. "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" (Featuring Norah Jones)
6. "Write About Love" (Featuring Carey Mulligan)
7. "I'm Not Living in the Real World"
8. "Ghost of Rockschool"
9. "Read the Blessed Pages"
10. "I Can See Your Future"
11. "Sunday's Pretty Icons"

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:28 (ten years ago) link

if belle & sebastian do ever record a disc called vengence rising, i hope norah jones will sing on it.

norah jones is so cool.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:30 (ten years ago) link

on first listen i thought this record was really disappointing

norah jones one was kind of the best song, altho i don't really like her voice at all

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:33 (ten years ago) link

my wife loves norah Jones; I think she's dull as dishwater.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:39 (ten years ago) link

so maybe i should explain to Jordan why i posted that info. the post right before that was talking about Sarah Martin singing on the first track. she might be but they only credited two outside singers. also when i looked up the info i thought it was interesting that the album was called Belle & Sebastian Write About Love and not simply Write About Love.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:57 (ten years ago) link

invaluable information -- an absolute quality post

― J0rdan S., Monday, September 20, 2010 8:21 PM (53 minutes ago)

^ invaluable information -- an absolute quality post

markers, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 01:15 (ten years ago) link

^ invaluable information -- an absolute quality post

markers, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 01:15 (ten years ago) link

Although it hurts my heart to say it, I have not been as shockingly disappointed with an album since 'The Hunter.' Disastrously, 'I'm Not Living In The Real World' is not a Blondie cover. This album is inexplicable.

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 01:33 (ten years ago) link

I hope I am missing something and my opinion changes.

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 01:34 (ten years ago) link

I was wrong. I forgot about 'Aerial.'

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 01:53 (ten years ago) link

i should get my wife some chalk and let her do some twee graffiti

― ('_') (omar little), Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:53 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Tweefiti?

― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:55 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

gratweetiti

― ('_') (omar little), Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:56 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

ilx i <3 u

p.m.s.b. (pre-mall smoke bomb) (zorn_bond.mp3), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 02:57 (ten years ago) link

jeff tweedy

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:27 (ten years ago) link

found this somewhere:

Belle & Sebastian Write About Love (also known informally as Write About Love) is the upcoming eighth studio album by Belle & Sebastian, slated to be released on October 11, 2010 on Rough Trade in the UK and on October 12, 2010 on Matador Records.

1. "I Didn't See It Coming"
2. "Come On Sister"
3. "Calculating Bimbo"
4. "I Want The World to Stop"
5. "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" (Featuring Norah Jones)
6. "Write About Love" (Featuring Carey Mulligan)
7. "I'm Not Living in the Real World"
8. "Ghost of Rockschool"
9. "Read the Blessed Pages"
10. "I Can See Your Future"
11. "Sunday's Pretty Icons"

the milagro-beanfield war criminal (s1ocki), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:34 (ten years ago) link

^ invaluable information -- an absolute quality post

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:34 (ten years ago) link

featuring norah jones, you say?

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:38 (ten years ago) link

the singer

the milagro-beanfield war criminal (s1ocki), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:38 (ten years ago) link

invaluable lite jazz

p.m.s.b. (pre-mall smoke bomb) (zorn_bond.mp3), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:40 (ten years ago) link

waiting for norah jones to be featured on a cee-lo green song. dynamite vocal combo imo.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:42 (ten years ago) link

f--k you (featuring norah jones)

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:43 (ten years ago) link

What a non-event this album is on first listen; it should have been called Belle & Sebastian Write Innocuously About Love. Hookless, heartless and bland. I thought the last record was okay, and I loved Dear Catastrophe Waitress, but this is just there. It's not offensively bad - it's just nothing. Aural pap that fills up 40-odd minutes.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 14:03 (ten years ago) link

The first few tracks are quite decent and then it flatlines big time. "I'm Not Living in the Real World" is like some horrible combination of the worst tendencies of New Pornographers and Stephin Merritt. "The Ghost of Rockschool" is a spot-on '90s throwback sonically but the emotion just isn't there. Thumbs up for Side A though.

skip, Tuesday, 21 September 2010 14:29 (ten years ago) link

intro to title track was stolen from the refrain of "BAD GIRL" from hong kong cantopop sensation anita mui from 2:16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nllfYE5jpDY

HOOS' THE BOSS (ken c), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 16:50 (ten years ago) link

They were on Jimmy Fallon last night. With Questlove drumming!

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Thursday, 30 September 2010 14:41 (ten years ago) link

they did "write about love". it didn't sound any better live

I'm a Grizzily Bear Now (CaptainLorax), Friday, 1 October 2010 23:17 (ten years ago) link

here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Cg2eOHPVk

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:26 (ten years ago) link

"Write About Love"'s beginning nicks the Byrds' "The World Turns All Around Her."

Cunga, Monday, 4 October 2010 08:06 (ten years ago) link

I really like "I Want the World to Stop"

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Thursday, 7 October 2010 18:42 (ten years ago) link

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/06/130382972/belle-and-sebastian-s-business-plan-a-taqueria-in-glasgow

rock stardom w/ murdoch- a road bike and a tacqueria.

my stomach is full of anger. and pie. (Hunt3r), Thursday, 7 October 2010 19:14 (ten years ago) link

He's been talking about opening up that taqueria for years. I think it's just a pipe dream.

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Thursday, 7 October 2010 19:29 (ten years ago) link

The first few tracks are quite decent and then it flatlines big time.

― skip, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:29 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Yep. Only a couple memorable tracks, and they're both before the 15-minute mark. The guest spots add basically nothing.

The problem is the songwriting; it's in line with what Murdoch gave us on the God Help The Girl project, which is to say it's extremely bland. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the drop in quality, considering The Life Pursuit was the best thing he'd done in a decade.

Indexed, Thursday, 7 October 2010 19:59 (ten years ago) link

belle and sebastian write about YOU.

times are gettin' tough out there in need-someone-to-actually-pay-for-music land.

a tenth level which features a single castle (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 October 2010 21:02 (ten years ago) link

Gotta be honest, I thought this would finally be the one where P4k turns on them, but I guess not.

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Monday, 11 October 2010 05:56 (ten years ago) link

I'm a dedicated fan, but this isn't deserving of an 8.2 at all....I fear they may have become one of Pitchfork's select infallible few, that will get strong reviews no matter what.

Tim. E "LazRus" Lucas (Prose b4 Hoes...and Big Hoos), Monday, 11 October 2010 06:31 (ten years ago) link

still apologising for The Boy with the Arab Strap

Spikey, Monday, 11 October 2010 06:50 (ten years ago) link

i really like that one that sounds like 'knives out' by radiohead.

HOOS' THE BOSS (ken c), Monday, 11 October 2010 15:47 (ten years ago) link

I'm currently listening to the one that sounds like the overture from The Who's Tommy

Cunga, Monday, 11 October 2010 20:40 (ten years ago) link

kinda dig "I Didn't See It Coming" -- that's the only thing I've heard off of this so far.

tylerw, Monday, 11 October 2010 20:41 (ten years ago) link

on the first few listens, I actually really like this! Also, the songs from it they play live work really well.

No Good, Scrunty-Looking, Narf Herder (Gukbe), Friday, 15 October 2010 05:56 (ten years ago) link

I wonder whether I should never hear this and continue forever to imagine it's very good.

the pinefox, Saturday, 16 October 2010 13:20 (ten years ago) link

it's better than life pursuit which i hated. saw them live last night, new songs were all really good live. nice return to form. at this point Ijust expect b&s to play their instruments very well and in a very stylized fashion and not be awful, and this succeeds.

akm, Monday, 18 October 2010 14:11 (ten years ago) link

liked that the stevie song rips off lyrics from lady sov.

HOOS' THE BOSS (ken c), Monday, 18 October 2010 15:53 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

I like this record quite a bit; it's really by-the-numbers but at least it isn't bad like Life Pursuit.

akm, Thursday, 2 December 2010 18:15 (ten years ago) link

Everett True Non-Review

Gukbe, Wednesday, 15 December 2010 07:51 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Sundays Pretty Icons (the closing track) is a wonderful song

Daniel Giraffe, Sunday, 23 January 2011 22:42 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

Richard X remix of "I Didn't See It Coming"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZZlcS50qzw&feature=youtu.be

Gukbe, Friday, 17 June 2011 16:17 (ten years ago) link

Bob Stanley should sue.

everything, Friday, 17 June 2011 17:07 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Listening to this album for the first time in a long time and it’s not nearly as disappointing as I recall it being at the time. No, it’s not among their best work but the drop-off in quality is not as steep as I remember it being. Most of the first half is really great. The Norah Jones duet is still a bit of a low point (not because of her, it’s just a little sappier and on the nose than typical B&S). The second half of the album is not bad at all, it’s just a bit average for a band 15 years intro their career.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 12 September 2021 15:29 (six days ago) link

Don't really care for this album but 'I Didn't See It Coming' is a favourite, one brilliant track is more than you get on most albums.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 12 September 2021 15:41 (six days ago) link


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