The Life Pursuit

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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. Sounding somehow perfectly modern yet refreshingly and celebratory retro, The Life Pursuit is Belle And Sebastian at their freest, delightfully spilling over with great ideas and perfect pop know-how.
  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. Possibly their best and certainly most joyously eclectic album yet.
  5. 75
    Hoffer preserves [Trevor] Horn's professional sheen but not his swinging charm, leaving us with all bathwater and no baby. [Feb 2006, p.86]
  6. More of an expansion than a breakthrough.
  7. The Life Pursuit is less confused than the three albums that precede it, but it's also just as forgettable. [Mar 2006, p.124]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 4 out of 83
  1. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    I hadn't really thought of Belle and Sebastian as fun until this album. I can dance to this album, I can sing along, and somehow, it allI hadn't really thought of Belle and Sebastian as fun until this album. I can dance to this album, I can sing along, and somehow, it all works perfectly! "Act of the Apostle Part 1," "Another Sunny Day," "White Collar Boy," "The Blues Are Still Blue," "We Are the Sleepyheads," and "Funny Little Frog" are some of the greatest songs ever written. While in the future, this may not be a classic, anyone who heard it must have felt amazing joy. They are a band purely around to make music sound more pretty, and if you loved this album, support these guys and buy Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. It's pretty good! Expand
  2. guyh
    Feb 8, 2006
    10
    love it!!!!!
  3. CaitieF
    Mar 16, 2006
    10
    Fantastic. Definitely one of the best albums of the 2000s by far, with catchy song after catchy song throughout the album. I bought this on a Fantastic. Definitely one of the best albums of the 2000s by far, with catchy song after catchy song throughout the album. I bought this on a whim and was instantly in love with it on the first listen. "The Blues Are Still Blue" was stuck in my head for days and is by far the best song on the record, but that's not to say less of the rest of it, it has a wonderful combination of uptempo songs and wistful ballads. I was never into B&S prior to this, but now I think I shall do a bit more exploring of their stuff! Expand
  4. Mark
    Feb 8, 2006
    9
    A little over-produced, but, a GREAT album
  5. BradP
    Feb 23, 2006
    9
    Excellent effort - a nice updating of the B&S sound. For those who wish for a repeat of Sinister - Stuart is too old for that, school is long Excellent effort - a nice updating of the B&S sound. For those who wish for a repeat of Sinister - Stuart is too old for that, school is long done. While he can still sing those songs (the terrific "Sinister Live" on iTunes from 2005 shows how much better B&S is now) he can't be stuck in 1996 forever and neither can we. The Life Pursuit has muscle, punch and hooks galore, and yet retains the essential lightness that is B&S. It is the work of a songwriter now in his thirties who has seen more, done more, heard more than he had 10 years ago. I really enjoy this album. This is great POP, sunny and driving but also full of bite, wit and intelligence. I am sure it will be regular on the summer stereo in my house. Expand
  6. PiotrW
    Mar 20, 2006
    8
    Brings a beatiful springtime to still winter Poland... Each song seems like a different separate jewel... Makes me smile every time I put Brings a beatiful springtime to still winter Poland... Each song seems like a different separate jewel... Makes me smile every time I put this into my player. Expand
  7. JJ
    Feb 6, 2006
    3
    belle & sebastian are overrated. none of their stuff actually sounds good.

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