Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle & Sebastian
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  • Summary: The veteran Scottish band's first album for Sanctuary (after a long run on Matador Records) is also their first without singer/cellist Isobel Campbell. The 12 tracks here were produced by Trevor Horn.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 100
    By far the strongest collection of songs the band have ever assembled. [Nov 2003, p.114]
  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. An exceedingly welcome return to form.
  5. The sound hasn't significantly slickened, but the performances are tighter, confident, even bouncy, bringing the band much closer to the vintage pop and soul records it adores.
  6. This bold misstep is evidence that even the greatest bands on the planet occasionally display mortal chinks in the artistic armor. [#5, p.98]
  7. This is a dog of an album, by anyone's standards, but if you play it next to 'If You're Feeling Sinister', which we did, then it is the sort of dog that shits all over the kitchen and has constant mange.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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. Collapse
  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. Expand
  3. 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" Expand

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