Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant Image
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
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  1. Their most intricate release to date: a breathtaking tapestry filled with more horns, string flourishes and beguiling melodies than a romantic heart can bear. [#26, p.50]
  2. 80
    Still, the faithful wonder if it's the same Belle and Sebastian that gave them such fey, storied gems as Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister. They can breathe easy now.
  3. Ultimately, despite all its self-defeating limitations and annoying, fey affectations, this remains a superb record.
  4. 70
    The record's nuances are divulged in layers and folds, through a latticework of instrumentation and, shockingly, some uncommonly good songwriting by band members other than Stuart Murdoch.
  5. On its fourth full-length adventure, Glaswegian septet Belle & Sebastian wanders away from their painfully catchy melodies with symphonic '70s-esque feather rock.
  6. Hand-clappable tunes and delicious cover design aside, sharp narrative-driven writing has been what saves the band from being merely annoying or silly or cute; too bad Fold Your Hands Child entirely abandons the vivid narrative vignette model.
  7. Begins the band's slide into sonic monotony and lyrical malaise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. TelmoC.
    Mar 30, 2002
    10
    Just Perfect! The best by B&S
  2. Dec 6, 2010
    10
    Barman is more varied. But for B&S at their most soothing, Fold your Hands is the best. Skip Beyond the Sunrise and enjoy. The last three tracks are wonderful. Expand
  3. Gianni
    Apr 24, 2008
    10
    I really love this album, it is my favourite by B&S. For some reason I never liked The Boy With The Arab Strap, whilst I like Tigermilk and love If You're Feeling Sinister (and I hate the last two albums they put out). This one simply has fantastic songs, such as I fought in a war, The model, Waiting for the moon to rise. The only bad one on here is The wrong girl, whose chorus I can't stand. Really underrated album IMO. Expand
  4. HaydnG.
    Sep 17, 2001
    9
    I learned of Belle and Sebastian about a year ago and this was the first album I got. Belle and Sebastian are addicting. They are nothing I have ever heard before, you can tell they are not the typical pop band. Fold your hands Child.. is a perfect example of their unique music. The Chalet lines represents one of there amazing slow songs, and Theres too much love is an upbeat, incredible song too. While every Belle and Sebastian cd is a work of genius, this one is by no means a flaw in their work as a whole, it is a beautiful addition. Expand
  5. GilbertMulroneycakesAndTheNews
    Dec 10, 2003
    8
    I LIKE Fold Your Hands Child. The title could have been better by just leaving out "You Walk Like A Peasant", but other than that...okay, it's not B&S' best work in the whole wide world of sport - partly because it's so very subtle. Q Magazine have a point, it's got no gigantic, attention grabbing show tunes of the "Wandering Days Are Over" (or even the titular "Storytelling") kind. It prefers to come at the audience sideways, take them by surprise, and that's just terrific if they're already there, but it won't win them friends. What you get out of this album is equal to what you put in. I can only imagine this is deliberate - a little tweaking and Women's Realm or The Model could have done the job. Or they could have put in Legal Man as insurance. But evidently they didn't care about that, and fair play: some of their best work is on this record, from the haunting I Fought In A War to the exquisitely moving and disturbing "The Chalet Lines" - which happens to be one of my favourite songs, by the way, and I wish more people would talk about it, because it is to my ears so very great-yet-horrible that it really ought to live in history, or something - and the faux-cheery pop of Women's Realm. Though let's not forget the actually-cheery pop of Too Much Love or the startling recapitulation of seventies funk in Don't Leave The Light On Baby. Even if Stevie and Isobel's contributions aren't as good - not that that's something you can qualify in such a fashion - and The Wrong Girl and Nice Day For A Sulk come dangerously close to something B&S usually shy away from - filler material - it still works like gangbusters as a collection of songs, if not as a single work in its own right. B&S fans ought to start with Tigermilk though. Cos it's everything you want it to be?. Expand
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Aug 12, 2003
    8
    Yes it does lack the freshness and naivete of their earlier records, but even if B&S seem to be stretching a touch to come up with interesting lyrics they outdo themselves musically with their most intricate, varied and elegant set. Expand
  7. MikeT.
    Jul 11, 2001
    6
    Disappointing. Despite a couple of brilliant songs ("I Fought in a War", "The Model"), this is easily the band's weakest work to date.

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