The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian
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78

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 112 Ratings

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  • Summary: Tony Hoffer produced this seventh studio LP for the veteran Scottish indie-pop band.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The Life Pursuit is an immaculate album; Belle & Sebastian craft pure pop perfection better than just about anybody.
  2. There's still plenty about the group to satisfy long-time fans, and there's a wealth of quality and innovation to win them some new ones.
  3. The band's latest extends their newfound confidence to content as well as delivery, and stands as the finest full-length by Stuart Murdoch and his shifting collaborators since [If You're Feeling Sinister].
  4. A broader sonic palette--including more overt silliness--gives Murdoch a chance to explore more moods, including some that are deceptively light. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.102]
  5. The Life Pursuit is all swaying tempos and vintage summer-sad melodies that sound like a postcard from home.
  6. The presence of more filler than is comfortable does not detract from the creative health in evidence on the better songs. [Feb 2006, p.100]
  7. Though these may succeed as pop songs, Belle & Sebastian ultimately subvert their appeal by contradicting precious, self-effacing sentiments with brash music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 82
  2. Negative: 4 out of 82
  1. Jun 11, 2013
    10
    This is my first Metacritic review, and even though The Life Pursuit is 7 years old, I have to rave about this album. This is Belle and Sebastian at their best: catchy, well-crafted melodic indie-pop with thoughtful, self-aware lyrics. Highlights for me: Funny Little Frog's boppy piano pop and hilarious lyrics, and White Collar Boy's perfectly balanced mix of thumping drums, fuzzed out bass line, plus its subtle and not-so-subtle social commentary.
    If you like being happy, listen to this album.
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  2. Apr 1, 2012
    9
    Belle & Sebastian really have made a fantastic record. The Life Pursuit has some of the best tracks that this band has ever written. It never gets old and it always seems to get better with each listen. The first time I listened to it, I put it on again after I was done the first time. All In All, Belle & Sebastian haven't failed yet and this certainly fits perfectly in their wonderful discography. A- Expand

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