Write About Love :: Belle And Sebastian :: Album Reviews

Listening to this album reminds me of listening to randomly chosen mixed tapes from past lovers and friends. It also reminds me of some of the more mellow 70’s singer/songwriters that I grew up listening to. Perhaps it’s a melding of the two, glued and pasted together with lines from discarded love letters and notes passed between friends in high school hallways.

My favorite track on the album is Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John, featuring Norah Jones on vocals. Her sunny afternoon voice adds to that late 70’s feel I mentioned, and lifts the past weight of songs about heartbreak (sad music for sad listeners) to a lighter palpability. Carey Mulligan’s vocal addition to Write About Love feels more akin to B&S’s past albums, a bit moodier, with a tinge of thier earlier, telltale pop-gloom; it’s also one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Calculating Bimbo is also a stand-out favorite of mine. Something about the song reminds me of early Rilo Kiley so much that I half-expect to hear Jenny Lewis at some point. I Can See Your Future reminds me of 60’s era musicals in the vein of Thoroughly Modern Millie, cinematic with a sing-a-long quality that is completely infectious.

Overall, I am really digging this album. These are like the mix tapes and love letters that were never thrown away. The ones you find yourself revisiting, over and again, taking them in with a bit more maturity now, and most days, with a more sunnier perspective to mix with the melancholic words and refrains that are found inside.

“Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John”

“Write About Love”

“Calculating Bingo”

“I Can See Your Future”

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