Quick Review (LP): Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant by Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
Jeepster; 2000

My Rating: C+ (58/100)

Best Tracks: "I Fought In A War", "The Wrong Girl", "Waiting for the Moon to Rise", "Don’t Leave the Light On Baby"

The band’s last (and least interesting) hyper-folk record.


  • From Stuart Murdoch’s very first utterance here, I get an overwhelming sense that I’ve heard this before.
  • "I Fought In A War" is pretty nice minor key opener. Verbose and a bit lovely.
  • Hey, a harpsichord. Why doesn’t it sound that new? ("The Model")
  • Come to think of it, from the opening piano tones, "The Model" seems built on the same framework as "Seeing Other People."
  • "Beyond the Sunrise" sounds like B&S fronted by Lou Reed.
  • Though I wouldn’t call anything on this record a radical shift, there are definite northern soul tones to "Don’t Leave the Light On Baby." One of the better tracks here.
  • Good grief, "The Chalet Lines" is a heavy, heavy tune. So much for the free-spirited B&S…
  • Well, the second half is a major drag. With the exception of the tracks mentioned above, most of the stuff here comes off like outtakes. A song like "Too Much Love" sounds like something the band would have produced early on in their career, not four albums (and numerous EPs) into it.
  • Overall, I think this record proves that the band’s Drake-ian days were numbered. Does any band ever have 4 albums worth of the same thing in them? Thankfully, they managed to find a way ahead by adding a little power to their pop the next time around.

Cohesion (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Concept (4/5)
Songs (3.5/5)