AOTY 2019

Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2010 Ratings: #324 / 865
User Score
Based on 89 ratings
2010 Ratings: #147
October 12, 2010 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

The album collects most of the winning stylistic evolutions that the band has undergone during the past decade and produces something fresh: a modern rock album without a single skip song.

90
No Ripcord

Write About Love may not be a great leap forward for Belle and Sebastian, but it’s such an enjoyable record it’s difficult to hold it against them.

82
Pitchfork

Write About Love is a grower-- the sort of record you need to play repeatedly, listening to how it fits together, before it can really ingratiate itself.

70
Drowned in Sound

You’d be mad to say it exceeds their Nineties output, but it’s as good as anything they’ve put out in the last decade.

70
musicOMH

Perhaps the lack of time to experiment (not that Belle and Sebastian have ever been an "experimental" band) led to the finished product being so middle of the road.

madeeineem
77
This is a gorgeous and extremely underrated record. I have it on vinyl and gosh, it fills the room with the most luscious chamber pop sounds. I guess the lyrics are a bit kitsch and on-the-nose at times, especially on the more upbeat songs, but that's part of it's charm. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John and The Ghost of Rockschool are my favourite tracks here.
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Year End Lists

#24/No Ripcord
#33/Amazon
#41/Q Magazine
#50/Under the Radar
#60/NME

Track List

  1. I Didn't See It Coming 
  2. Come on Sister 
  3. Calculating Bimbo 
  4. I Want the World to Stop 
  5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John [ft. Norah Jones] 
  6. Write About Love [ft. Carey Mulligan] 
  7. I'm Not Living in the Real World 
  8. Ghost of Rockschool 
  9. Read the Blessed Pages 
  10. I Can See Your Future 
  11. Sunday's Pretty Icons

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