The Third Eye Centre

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Magnet
    Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Third Eye Centre is a wonderful addendum to the band's prolific and enchanting catalog. [No. 102, p.53]
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    76
    Although airing also-ran tracks, Belle and Sebastian have proven their idiosyncratic voices shout the loudest.
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    72
    Rather than shroud themselves in mystery, Belle and Sebastian would rather blow their own cover and, for all its inherent inconsistencies, The Third Eye Centre provides a clear view of how a band that once made music fit for a library is now more liable to get kicked out of one.
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    Overall, The Third Eye Centre succinctly packs ten years' worth of eccentricities and oddments into a pleasant, if slightly oversized compendium.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Taken together, they're still a bit of a mess but the joy in The Third Eye Centre is that it presents Belle & Sebastian at their most human and ungainly.
  6. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Third Eye Centre is marred by a few less-interesting inclusions and a trio of disposable remixes, but it's a worthy collection no Belle and Sebastian fan will want to skip.
  7. 70
    Inside you’ll find very little deviation from the wistful, narrative-led pop they’ve made a career from.
  8. 70
    There aren’t quite enough of these ringers to bring The Third Eye Centre to the A-game level of …Barman, but they at least make for a decent compilation album. And, some bands aren’t even capable of that.
  9. As an 19-track collection of rarities from the period 2003-present, TTEC is necessarily a mixed bag of styles and qualities.
  10. 70
    There’s plenty to enjoy on The Third Eye Centre, but it’s considerably closer to ‘fans only’ territory than its indispensable predecessor.
  11. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2014
    60
    Get cherry-picking. [Oct 2013, p.116]
  12. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    For any other band, The Third Eye Centre would be a strong enough original album, much less as a collection of b-sides and rarities. But since this band is hardly any other band, especially working in this kind of format, the hit-and-miss compilation is much more of a spottier proposition for a group with as strong and distinctive a profile as Belle and Sebastian have.
  13. Aug 26, 2013
    60
    Even at its worst this hotchpotch collection is pleasant fare.
  14. Aug 26, 2013
    60
    It’s hard to deny that The Third Eye Centre is probably a fan-only affair and, indeed, a bit of a curate’s egg. Much of the time though, it’s a pretty tasty egg.
  15. Sep 17, 2013
    50
    Belle And Sebastian fans have long ago learned to take the rough with the smooth and the quality control on The Third Eye Centre is all over the shop. The odd flashes of wonder within show they're still not a lost cause though.
  16. Aug 26, 2013
    50
    While there are some standout cuts--most notably the Avalanches' Afro remake of "I'm a Cuckoo"--much of The Third Eye Centre should have remained on the cutting room floor.

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