The Third Eye Centre

Belle & Sebastian - The Third Eye Centre
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Based on 13 reviews
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Based on 6 ratings
August 27, 2013 / Release Date
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Matador / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The 405

The main attraction of Third Eye Centre is just how eclectic it is. Trying to fence Belle and Sebastian in to one genre would be a fruitless exercise. 


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.

The Line of Best Fit

There’s plenty to enjoy on The Third Eye Centre, but it’s considerably closer to ‘fans only’ territory than its indispensable predecessor.

Consequence of Sound

The Third Eye Centre still has enough FM bliss to satisfy the most casual fan, and obsessives might even dig the genre-shunning experimentation. 

Under The Radar

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.


Inside you’ll find very little deviation from the wistful, narrative-led pop they’ve made a career from.


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.

Drowned in Sound

The Third Eye Centre succinctly packs ten years' worth of eccentricities and oddments into a pleasant, if slightly oversized compendium. 


Where 2005′s collection sounded like a fully-fledged double album, The Third Eye Centre sounds a far more thrown together affair, with a fair degree of filler.


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.

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Track List

  1. I'm a Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix)
  2. Suicide Girl
  3. Love on the March
  4. Last Trip
  5. Your Secrets
  6. Your Cover's Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)
  7. I Took a Long Hard Look
  8. Heaven in the Afternoon
  9. Long Black Scarf
  10. The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House
  11. I Didn't See it Coming (Richard X Mix)
  12. (I Believe in) Travellin' Light
  13. Stop, Look and Listen
  14. Passion Fruit
  15. Desperation Made a Fool of Me
  16. Blue Eyes of a Millionaire
  17. Mr. Richard
  18. Meat and Potatoes
  19. The Life Pursuit
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Added on: July 2, 2013