Quick Review (LP): Push Barman to Open Old Wounds by Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Jeepster; 2005

My Rating: A (88/100)

Best Tracks: "Dog On Wheels", "Belle & Sebastian", "Lazy Line Painter Jane", "This Is Just A Modern Rock Song", "I Know Where The Summer Goes"

"When I was a boy I was confounded by you/Now I’m still a boy I am indebted to you…"


  • Love "Dog On Wheels." It has the quality of a lost Sinister track.
  • Jeez, these guys recorded "The State I Am In" a lot. BBC session, debut LP, and now this!
  • "String Bean Jean" seems like Belle & Sebastian’s ode to their archetypal fan.
  • I do love it when bands write songs after their own band name. And this band’s eponymous song is pretty great.
  • Apparently that’s Monica Queen on "Lazy Line Painter Jane." Love her voice. She sounds like a British Maria McKee. It’s a brilliant tune, one of their best.
  • I’m not usually a fan of spoken word, but between the lovely background music and the barely audible Scottish brogue of the narrator, "A Century of Elvis" is pretty enjoyable.
  • And I’ve never noticed until now that "A Century of Fakers" and "A Century of Elvis" are the same music.
  • "This Is Just A Modern Rock Song" & "I Know Where The Summer Goes" are both gloriously gorgeous. Slow, considered, and beautiful, it’s B&S at their most epic.
  • Even the more understated tunes have a brilliant magic to them. "The Gate" is one of Isobel’s best performances.
  • Apparently, the "Legal Man" single was one of their biggest hits UK side, but I don’t get it. Those 3 tracks are probably the worst here. Too sleek or something.
  • Love those strings on "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It." That’s some old school B&S.
  • "The Loneliness of a Middle-Distance Runner" is also a winner.
  • Here’s the deal: the early EPs are great. The later stuff runs the gamut from good to forgettable. Even so, this is an essential collection. Although If You’re Feeling Sinister is their best album (a true classic), this might be the best starting point. You’ll be hard pressed to find a collection of more unbearably lovely tunes.

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Songs (4.5/5)

One Response to Quick Review (LP): Push Barman to Open Old Wounds by Belle & Sebastian

  1. Pingback: Career In Brief: Belle and Sebastian « Sweet Georgia Breezes

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