Quick Review (LP): Write About Love by Belle and Sebastian

Write About LoveBelle and Sebastian
Write About Love
Matador Records; 2010

My Rating: B

Best Tracks: “I Didn’t See It Coming”, “Write About Love”, “The Ghost of Rocklove”

One thing Stuart Murdoch has always had a penchant for is figuring out which song should open the record. Masterful move here letting Sarah take the lead vocals, but the thing that hits me hardest from the outset is the power of the bass and drums. Belle and Sebastian quit the twee schtick a long time ago, and it continues to prove the right move, as they seem to be learning the ropes of soulful power pop even better with each record. As strong as the record opens though, Murdoch and company still haven’t figured out how to make the second half of a record as interesting as the first. By the time you get to “Sunday’s Pretty Icons”, attention has faded away, and the song just doesn’t pack the punch to close things out on a grand scale. But most of the record is strong enough to revisit it every once in a while.

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I Heard the News Today: Alex Chilton Dead at 59

Children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35923388/ns/entertainment-music

http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-alex-chilton,39312/

http://stereogum.com/303302/r-i-p-alex-chilton/top-stories/lead-story/

http://pitchfork.com/news/38212-alex-chilton-rip/

So sorry to hear this – music fans have lost a true rock and roll legend, one whose influence can be heard everywhere from R.E.M. to Cheap Trick. The entire genre of “alternative” music is basically a result of a few years of songwriting by this guy. Somewhere, the angels are singing “The Ballad of El Goodo.”

Be sure and give #1 Record/Radio City a listen today in memoriam…