College Music Update – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
01st May 2000
Record Review

Lilting opener ‘I Fought In A War’ is like the first taste of beer after a month of Kaliber. Long live the phenomenon that is Belle & Sebastian. So then the diary page has been marked for this week for quite some time, and the pressure is on for Belle & Sebastian to come up with the goods. ‘The Model’ is unsurprisingly not a cover of Kraftwerk but a beautiful concierge to guide you through the modern morass, whilst ‘Don’t Leave The Light On Baby’ puts me in mind of journeys through impassion and passion in equal doses. ‘Nice Day For A Sulk’ simply has to beat the detractors with an irony lacquered stick so huge it takes on the shape of a melancholy zeitgeist for the alien/alienated generation. We need Belle & Sebastian, in the same way you need Del Monte after months of Sunny Delight. This is the real thing. This is the real sound.

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