Belle & Sebastian Write About Love In Big, Bright Fall Colors With Help From Norah Jones

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Artist: Belle & Sebastian

Album: Write About Love

Release Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12

Label: Matador

Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Buy

Local Show: Oct. 20,

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Belle & Sebastian Write About Love In Big, Bright Fall Colors With Help From Norah Jones

  • Belle & Sebastian Write About Love In Big, Bright Fall Colors With Help From Norah Jones

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    belleWriteAboutLove.jpg
    Artist: Belle & Sebastian

    Album: Write About Love

    Release Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12

    Label: Matador

    Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Buy

    Local Show: Oct. 20, Benaroya Hall

    Once pleading guilty to the sad bastard music stereotype (that "sucks ass" according to "Barry"/Jack Black in High Fidelity), Belle & Sebastian has produced fall's - if not the year's - most playful, eclectic batch of pop with Write About Love, a jangly, sharp record that is as joyous as anything issued by the New Pornographers, but without the arena-sized hooks and refrains.

    The centerpiece of this autumn wonder is the appearance of bazillion-selling chanteuse, Norah Jones, singing lead on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John," a track with a pacing that closely mirror's that of Sheryl Crow's take on "The First Cut Is the Deepest." Like Jim James' soulful contributions to Laura Veirs' July Flame, "Little You" is Jones at her most humble, her most tasteful, and reminds listeners why her vivid voice captured the imagination of music world in the first place.

    "Little Lou" is as much achievement for Jones as it is Belle & Sebastian, who tuck the number inside a record that bounces from track to track, delivering nuance and energy to a formula of preciously-sung, meticulously detailed pop that is too often left lifeless, but in Belle's capable hands is fresh and reimagined.

     
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