The Belbury Tales - Belbury Poly
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the band led by Jim Jupp features Christopher Budd and Jim Musgrave as guest musicians.
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  1. Apr 30, 2012
    90
    The real genius of this record, and of Ghost Box's output more generally, is that it works even if you don't 'get' the references in anything like a conscious sense, even if they don't make you feel 'nostalgic' per se.
  2. Mar 21, 2012
    80
    The Belbury Tales is a solid record and a fantastic listen.
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    80
    Nostalgia doesn't often feel as good as this. Prepare to feel both spooked and studious.
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    The Belbury Tales can be a potent experience at the high points I've just described, but it spends some time at lower altitudes, too, without ever unambiguously erring.
  5. Mar 21, 2012
    72
    The Belbury Tales is stranded somewhere between the abstract work of Jupp's past and the fuller sound of the live instrumentation he is applying, making this feel like his most pleasingly open-ended release so far.
  6. Mar 21, 2012
    70
    The Belbury Tales is infused with a deep vein of paranoia, a palpable fear, an attempt to reconcile the imminent unknown (evoking a reimagined or never experienced past).
  7. Mar 23, 2012
    60
    A beautiful, eerie thing. [Apr 2012, p.95]
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