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Where would one start his collection?
Sorry for the lame thread, i'm just a bit baffled.
I just got into them this week and it's my favourite so far.
Catastrophe Waitress was good for full blown pop. The EPs are worth a look in too if you have torrent freedom.
or Push Barman To Open Old Wounds, as that's a fantastic singles compilation.
Push Barman.... is a brilliant compilation
although they're one of my favourite bands, I find it hard to sit through a whole album...
Perhaps the best is Push Barman as it is a collection of singles which you can't really go wrong with, although is a spot lengthy and could be trimmed down..
My personal favourite is Dear Catastrophe Waitress but I get the idea most people see this as one of their worst so maybe not!
Actually Tigermilk's not bad, get Tigermilk. But make sure you get The Boy WIth The Arab Strap aswell (the song, not the album) as it's among the most beautiful songs out there..
are the best albums, they pretty much draw as to how good they are.
first b&s album i had. haven't listened to it in ages though...
and Tigermilk is obscenely overrated.
I think all B&S albums are at the very least good, but people seem to dismiss Waitress as throwaway, which it's not, and think that Tigermilk is one of the best albums ever made, which it is very very clearly not. There is more throwaway on Tigermilk than there is on DCW.
then if you're feeling sinister
also Push Barman to Open Old Wounds is one of the most sublime singles/ep collections of all time, particularly disc one, particularly the first four tracks.
And I've been listening to it about five times a day, I fucking love it.
and Dear Catastrophe Waitress are both pretty much perfect, not a weak track on either. I think The Life Pursuit is almost as good, although I imagine many would disagree.
but I think when you take a step back, The Life Pursuit is a very good record indeed, with some very, very good songs on, and a few brilliant ones. However, the best songs are sort of overshadowed by the few really bad and/or out of place tracks on the album.
Tigermilk - Is awesome but maybe a little to lo-fi for a newcomer, although Electronic Renaissance is essential.
Sinister - Literally every track on this is near flawless. Murdoch coming into his own as a lyricist too. Me and The Major and Get me Away...need i say more.
...Arab Strap - is the first patchy album IMO, but saved by the title track.
FYHCYWLAP - Is pretty gloomy and downbeat but lyrically pretty upfront and graphic which is good, right?
Storytelling - Is an odd one cause of the soundtrack format etc...but has got some pretty good stuff on it such as Scooby Driver and Big John Shaft
DCW - The first big, shiny, pop album. Got some awesome stuff on it and sees B & S taking on an entirely new dimension.
Still lyrically great though with traditional B & S themes
Life Pursuit - Continuing where DCW left off but still a great album in its own right. Funny Little Frog and Sukie...are songs other bands dream of writing.
Push Barman... - Is an awesome comp. of early singles and EPs. This is a great place to start for early Belle... and its got some absolute stunners on it. Lazy Line, B & S, La Pastie etc...
and you are the first B&S fan I have ever completely agreed with about all the albums.
ALTHOUGH I reckon you could give Storytelling a little more credit for the instrumental tracks- I've always liked theme and variation stuff, and I think they did it well, plus Fuck This Shit is a mighty fine track.
i was trying to keep it short haha. I think there's a touch too much of the dialogue too.