Hip-D Top 20 of 2006 » #1 » Belle and Sebastian - "The Life Pursuit"
For years I had purposely avoided Belle & Sebastian as if every last ounce of my testosterone depended on it, scared away by the two terms most commonly used when describing their music: twee and fey. But once I finally heard them, the first time I listened to The Life Pursuit, I was pleased to find their music had enough elements of funk, glam and pub rock to keep my testicles from detaching themselves from my person in search of a manlier owner.
The back-to-back punch of "White Collar Boy" and "The Blues Are Still Blue" are fantastic enough to put on endless loop for hours on end. And there are also several other superb standout tracks, including the irresistably catchy "Sukie in the Graveyard" and the retro-sounding "Funny Little Frog." From start to finish, there's so much to like here it's actually compelled this former hater to start obtaining their back catalog.
FT's Favorite Track: "The Blues Are Still Blue"
This album appeared on the following staffers's lists:
- jasmine (#3)
- Darrin Frew (#6)
- FT (#6)
- Patrick (#6)
- Yail Bloor (#10)