Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Reviewed by: Nick Sullivan
In “The Everlasting Muse,” Stuart Murdoch sings, “She says, ‘Be popular; play pop and you will win my heart.’” Although love always underlies Belle and Sebastian’s music, only now has love potentially led the band to the poppyvibe that Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is dripping with. Although many tracks on their ninth studio album have the traditional wistful Belle and Sebastian sound (see “Nobody’s Empire”), many tracks have a—dare I say—90’s synthpop vibe (see “Enter Sylvia Plath”) or a calypso/Hungarian dance vibe (see “The Everlasting Muse”) or even an straight electronic dance vibe (see “The Party Line”). Simply put: Belle and Sebastian has a new sound, and it’s pretty freaking awesome. If you’re a longtime fan, however, be sure to approach this album with an open mind. If nothing else, take solace in the album’s expert songwriting that has made Belle and Sebastian’s music so worthwhile in the first place.
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