Belle & Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap

Building on the following their second album, If You’re Feeling Sinister and championed by Steve Lamacq on Radio 1’s The Evening Session. The Boy with the Arab Strap is a witty narrative. A instant classic for that time. So many simple yet different and classic songs. My own personal favourite is Seymour Stain, but regular readers will realise that I have a penchant for melancholy.

It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career, a tale of lives stunted by illness. ‘he had a stroke at the age of 24, it could have been a brilliant career.’ Most of the song titles are stories that the average listener can relate to Sleep The Clock Around, Summer Wasting and Simple Things.

Is It Wicked Not To Care, has Isobel Campbell on vocals for the first time. A Space Boy Dream is a spoken-word narrative, which is the album’s only white elephant.

The title track is a bouncy piano singalong,

We all know you’re soft ‘cos we’ve all seen you dancing.
We all know you’re hard ‘cos we’ve all seen you drinking.
From noon until noon again.

Belle and Sebastian : The Boy with the Arab Strap

It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career
Sleep The Clock Around
Is It Wicked Not To Care?
Ease Your Feet In The Sea
A Summer Wasting
Seymour Stein
A Space Boy Dream
Dirty Dream Number Two
The Boy With The Arab Strap
Chickfactor
Simple Things
The Rollercoaster Ride

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