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  • Summary: This 2-disc set collects 25 non-LP tracks that previously appeared on the band's early singles and EPs for Jeepster.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 90
    These are the quiet, beautiful songs that made Belle & Sebastian seem so monumental for a short time. [#68, p.88]
  5. 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]
  6. Perhaps the best overall representation of Belle and Sebastian’s distinctive brand of indie pop.
  7. 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]

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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