The Boy with the Arab Strap

Belle & Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1998 Ratings: #12 / 94
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
1998 Ratings: #38
September 7, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jeepster / Matador / Label
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Don't worry it will probably go back to 10/10 when I listen to it again after a while
Everytime I listen to Belle & Sebastian, I feel like an angel is whispering to my ear and my soul is being blessed.
This was nice
It really is a beautiful career.

Belle and Sebastian are the kings and queens of twee indie rock. The Boy with the Arab Strap is a near flawless record that makes me smile and reflect. I'm a sucker for bands that are very piano driven which naturally lead me to Belle and Sebastian. The emotional, yet carefree lyrics and sound have always drawn me to their music. Plus the vocals are just undeniably ear pleasing. This album is easily one of their best and is no exception to these pros stated ... read more
Really impressed tbh. I didn't think they'd be able to improve over IYFS, but I personally find this to be more enjoyable. Also DD2, IIWNTC, and Simple Things are such bangers.
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Track List

  1. It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
  2. Sleep the Clock Around
  3. Is It Wicked Not to Care?
  4. Ease Your Feet in the Sea
  5. A Summer Wasting
  6. Seymour Stein
  7. A Space Boy Dream
  8. Dirty Dream Number Two
  9. The Boy with the Arab Strap
  10. Chickfactor
  11. Simple Things
  12. The Rollercoaster Ride
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