Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle & Sebastian

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Dear Catastrophe Waitress [is] the richest musical offering yet from Belle & Sebastian.
  2. A stunning collection of unpredictability that has to stand among the best pop albums of 2003.
  3. 90
    Arguably the band's most magical record to date. [Nov 2003, p.123]
  4. Horn turns in the best work of his career, giving DCW a collection of sounds so potent and invigorating that the album may be Belle & Sebastian's Revolver.
  5. The painstaking arrangements, dynamic shifts and tempo changes of Dear Catastrophe Waitress equal or surpass the chamber-pop perfection of the group's earlier work.
  6. 83
    The swollen, baroque-pop arrangements... may ruffle the band's more delicate followers. But the songs are always smart, and it's the music-librarian's humor that helps keep things from slipping into the maudlin. [Nov 2003, p.109]
  7. A full realization of a band at the top of their game, filled with intricate guitar pop of the highest order.
  8. 100
    By far the strongest collection of songs the band have ever assembled. [Nov 2003, p.114]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    Dear Catastrophe Waitress has to be the most experimental Belle Sebastian record. From the lyrics to the instrumentation to even the vocals, everything seems tinkered with in a way. All In All, I enjoyed this record, but it will never top "If You're Feeling Sinister" Full Review »
  2. Jul 22, 2011
    Probably my favorite album of theirs after Sinister, believe it or not. "If She Wants Me," "I'm a Cuckoo," and the hilarious "Step Into My Office, Baby" are all pop gems with no shortage of great melodies or hilariously ironic lyrics. Full Review »
  3. Oct 15, 2010
    An absolute gem of an album without any weaknesses. A pop album of the very highest quality and perhaps the moment when Belle and Sebastian finally delivered and came of age. I can't recommend it highly enough. The production by Trevor Horn has to be recognised as playing a big part in turning a good pop group into a great one with this album. Full Review »