Belle & Sebastien – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1997)
A few days ago, my wife & I were discussing how lucky we are to have such good friends.
As a happy coincidence, the three ‘B’ artists to be featured this week each remind me of certain types of friends. So it’s become a 2 for 1 theme week I suppose!
Friend type #1: It seems as if you’ve known each other for ages, even if it’s only been a few years.
That’s the vibe I get from listening to Belle & Sebastien (B&S): it feels like a group I’ve been enjoying forever, even though I heard Tigermilk for the first time less than 365 days ago.
Compared to Tigermilk, If You’re Feeling Sinister has more in the way of standout tracks. As a track & field coach, I was pleased to hear the sport get a shout out on the opening track, even with the accompanying sarcasm about its ‘beautiful people.’ Like Dylan in the Movies is another gem, along with Me and the Major, but you can’t go wrong with any of the ten tracks.
In the comments section of my last post, I was pleased to see a few people choose B&S as one of their top 5 B artists. Based on those recommendations and the strength of these first two records, I’m definitely interested in hearing more.
I continually found myself singing three songs by three other artists after listening to B&S:
– Nick Drake, Hazy Jane II. Lead singer Stuart Murdoch has a similar delivery and that couldn’t be further from a complaint
– The Smiths, Half a Person. If B&S are half as good as The Smiths, I suppose The Smiths would still be twice as good, but being mentioned in the same sentence is flattery all the same!
– Airborne Toxic Event (ATE), Girls in Their Summer Dresses. A pleasant tune by one of my favourite groups from the 21st Century wouldn’t sound out of place here.
So if Nick Drake-Smiths-B&S-ATE is the 70s-80s-90s-00s lineage, that’s pretty good company.
If You’re Feeling Sinister is pretty darn good as well.