The Third Eye Centre - Belle & Sebastian
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  • Summary: The 19-track album is a collection of b-sides, unreleased tracks, and three remixes.
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  1. Aug 30, 2013
    76
    Although airing also-ran tracks, Belle and Sebastian have proven their idiosyncratic voices shout the loudest.
  2. 70
    There’s plenty to enjoy on The Third Eye Centre, but it’s considerably closer to ‘fans only’ territory than its indispensable predecessor.
  3. 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.
  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 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.
  6. 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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