Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Push Barman To Open Old Wounds is a rare species indeed; though all of the songs could be considered “hits,” the album avoids all of the tackiness associated with greatest hits collections.
  2. Filter
    93
    There aren't many dull points on this two-disc collection. [#16, p.93]
  3. It's a perfect way into the world of Belle and Sebastian, even if the band spends the second half of the disc trying to redecorate that space.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Irresistible. [3 Jun 2005, p.86]
  5. The quality level is almost inhumanly high, and the range of the tracks here gives you a better idea of what the band is like than any of their individual albums.
  6. If anything, this 25-song double set sees Belle & Sebastian at their finest.
  7. Even if you already have all the EPs, you'll want to get this disc. It is reasonable priced, housed in the usual attractive package, and hearing all the songs back to back reinforces what an amazing group Belle & Sebastian were and are.
  8. As a document of the way Belle And Sebastian have grown up in public to the sturdy staple of indie pop they now represent on a global scale, 'Push Barman...' is an essential collection of work that simply cements their status as one of the most inspirational musical collectives to have embraced punk's D.I.Y ethic since the late 1970s.
  9. The results are less like a rarities collection and more like an unlikely greatest hits album.
  10. If you’re only going to buy one Belle & Sebastian album (and shame on you if you are), make it this one.
  11. Magnet
    90
    These are the quiet, beautiful songs that made Belle & Sebastian seem so monumental for a short time. [#68, p.88]
  12. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    If you want to know about the Glasgow scene which spawned Franz Ferdinand, 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' is pretty much essential. [21 May 2005, p.66]
  13. Perhaps the best overall representation of Belle and Sebastian’s distinctive brand of indie pop.
  14. It's two discs of steady brilliance.
  15. Under The Radar
    80
    These EP tracks are just as good--and often times better--than many of their LPs. [#10, p.109]
  16. In addition to simply being a package for the band's more obscure tracks, the album nicely spans its shift from folksy, melancholy introspectiveness to light summer-pop.
  17. Push Barman truly captures the trajectory of the band’s seven-year career in about two hours, and it does so in a way that does the band justice.
  18. Q Magazine
    60
    Opinions will still be divided--Murdoch as literary giant or self-important art school berk?--as, over 25 tracks, there's evidence of both. [Jul 2005, p.129]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 13, 2016
    10
    This is a revolutionary cd, it shows us how big is Belle and Sebastian and how cool they could be. This compilation CD is one of the mostThis is a revolutionary cd, it shows us how big is Belle and Sebastian and how cool they could be. This compilation CD is one of the most beautifuls that i ever heard. Full Review »
  2. FrancisM
    Aug 19, 2006
    10
    The "Louder Than Bombs" for a new generation.
  3. SteveT
    May 31, 2006
    10
    Everyone has said what needs to be said about this album. Wow. Just go buy it.