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. 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. 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. If you’re only going to buy one Belle & Sebastian album (and shame on you if you are), make it this one.
  10. 90
    These are the quiet, beautiful songs that made Belle & Sebastian seem so monumental for a short time. [#68, p.88]
  11. The results are less like a rarities collection and more like an unlikely greatest hits album.
  12. 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. These EP tracks are just as good--and often times better--than many of their LPs. [#10, p.109]
  14. Perhaps the best overall representation of Belle and Sebastian’s distinctive brand of indie pop.
  15. It's two discs of steady brilliance.
  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. 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]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. FrancisM
    Aug 19, 2006
    10
    The "Louder Than Bombs" for a new generation.
  2. SteveT
    May 31, 2006
    10
    Everyone has said what needs to be said about this album. Wow. Just go buy it.
  3. TheyLetMulroneycakesGoBlind
    Feb 9, 2006
    10
    Yipee! All of B&S' eps and singles and b-sides prior to moving to Rough Trade, on one record! I can't say much because I fear breaking Metacritic's bandwidth, such is the greatness of pretty much each and every song here. This is, simply, a record you need. Full Review »