The Boy With The Arab Strap (studio album) by Belle And Sebastian

The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle And Sebastian
Year: 1998
Overall rank: 955th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 395 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1998 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (187th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (955th)

Belle And Sebastian bestography

The Boy With The Arab Strap is ranked 3rd best out of 19 albums by Belle And Sebastian on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Belle And Sebastian is If You're Feeling Sinister which is ranked number 121 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,262.

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The Boy With The Arab Strap track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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79/100 (from 395 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.5.

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65/100
From 04/22/2022 13:35
A decent album with a few highlights but it is let down by a large amount of filler and a few weaker tracks. The positives of this record are the Title Track and the album opener both of them are classic Belle And Sebastian and they capture their style perfectly. The moody vocals and the interesting lyrics are what makes the few songs on here so good along with the diverse instrumentation. However, the slower songs just feel a bit repetitive to me and I feel like they could be a bit more experimental with the instruments. The album does get a bit dry by the end and it does drag as well. Overall, the lyrics on this album are great but the music is weaker than their other releases in my opinion.
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90/100
From 06/01/2020 15:01
Very decent album faves-Arab strap,Seymour Stein and Rollercoaster.
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75/100
From 03/03/2019 14:09
Only getting round to this band in 2019 - pity I missed them at the time. Sinister brought me in and I slightly prefer that at the moment but this is also a superb album. I love the feel and sound of the simple title song which I rate as their best over these two albums.
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From 05/22/2018 06:19
Decent album not the Best
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85/100
From 02/11/2018 22:57
Un gioiello perfetto nella scrittura come nella realizzazione, fisico ed etereo insieme, delicato e sferzante. AMMALIANTE.
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From 07/06/2017 06:35
If the Beatlesguys sung like this I might have liked them
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75/100
From 12/07/2016 19:08
Favoritas: Is It Wicked Not To Care?, Sleep The Clock Around, The Boy With The Arab Strap, Seymour Stein, Dirty Dream Number Two
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From 06/12/2016 16:02
The best Belle and Sebastian album ever. The boy with the Arab strap, is a superb record of incredible songs of a band totally on top of their game. This is without doubt one of the greatest British albums of the nineties. Beautiful songs, beautiful melodies, especially on, is it wicked not to care?, chickfactor, and the title track. Brilliant album from a brilliant band.
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From 01/20/2016 17:17
Bell & Sebastian's most blissful and happy album.
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From 05/04/2014 20:33
Tales of the two young lovers would be passed down for generations.
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