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Belle And Sebastian: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance
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From The Skinny:
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“Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance might come as a surprise for some. It’s tough and brave and witty and warm-hearted – perhaps inevitable characteristics for a Belle And Sebastian album. But this, their ninth studio record, is the work of a band challenging themselves – it’s just as ambitious as any fresh-faced debut. Lead single “The Party Line” is a perfectly placed calling card. Combining classic Stuart Murdoch lyrics of hearsay and anticipation with what is, in essence, a dance track, it’s a perfect reintroduction to the band come 2015. There’s a touch of house mixed up in there somewhere, too; a line perhaps nobody ever expected in a Belle and Sebastian review, but it’s bloody wonderful. Girls in Peacetime is lovingly crafted, laced with embellishment and detail, and it’s full of unexpected twists: longer tracks like “Enter Sylvia Plath” and “Play for Today” are swelling and expansive, unfurling on to waxed, glitter-balled dance floors. “The Everlasting Muse” breaks into an rollicking big band march that comes to a halt as Murdoch challenges, “she says be popular, play pop.” By definition, it’s no easy feat to write a disco track about Sylvia Plath, but Belle And Sebastian are more than equal to the task.”
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Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is out January 19 on Matador; stream the album in full at NPR, and check out “Nobody’s Empire” below.
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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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