If You're Feeling Sinister (album) by Belle And Sebastian

If You're Feeling Sinister
If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 119th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,043 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1996 (2nd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (24th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (119th)

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If You're Feeling Sinister is ranked as the best album by Belle And Sebastian.

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-If You're Feeling SinisterTigermilk

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From 44 hours ago
Great album with very clever lyrics.
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95/100
From 09/12/2019 15:58
is this a 60's Folk band? beacuse theres a lot of music that sounds so similar to this on that decade
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From 08/22/2019 20:22
The only album I could listen to at any moment. Perhaps also the single most comforting album. You will leave it feeling... Less sinister. Every time.
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From 07/20/2019 02:06
Favorite Tracks:The Boy Done Wrong Again
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From 07/11/2019 11:39
This is arguably Belle & Sebastian's best album, Tigermilk does push it all the way but the songs here are a little better for me.

Like Dylan In The Movies is the one that got me into the band in the first place, Stars Of Track And Field is truly a gem, Seeing Other People has that wonderful B&S sound of a lilting tune which glides along effortlessly, good lyrics too of course.

The Boy Done Wrong Again is a bit of a let down if I had to pick one, before the great finale of Judy And The Dream Of Horses, which appears to be a bit of a live favourite.
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85/100
From 05/17/2019 22:19
Highlights:

Judy And The Dream Of Horses
If You're Feeling Sinister
Me And The Major
Seeing Other People
Like Dylan In The Movies
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85/100
From 02/16/2019 00:27
Who?
Belle and Sebastian are a band form Glasgow Scotland forming around 1994 2 years prior to this album. The band are still around today and released a new album in 2018 as Belle and Sebastian 2.0 with a more electronic dance sound

Time and Place?
'If Your Feeling Sinister' is the bands second release following their acclaimed debut 'Tigermilk' . Interestingly both albums were released close together in 1996 with 'Tigermilk' appearing in June 96 followed by 'Sinister' in November 96. The band early on made a stance that they would release no singles , do no promotion and not appear on any album covers which created intrigue and mystery around the group.

Musical Style?
The Velvet's reference is a valid one but an earlier comment referencing Wilco is not ( well I don't see it anyway). The sound is a folk one where the song is king with rich melodies , off key cello's and trumpets in parts .This album is very much a grower and took me 3+ listens to fully appreciate , don't give up after listen 1 !

Do I Need To Hear This Album?
In my opinion yes , I'm a huge fan and love it to death. But it's not for everyone especially if you hate precious or twee music. This can be a polarising album , but as I mentioned earlier make sure you listen a few times before you make your mind up

Watch?
There is an excellent documentary on Youtube called 'Belle and Sebastian If Your Feeling Sinister Pitchfork Classics' which documents the history of the band up to and including this album and has band interviews breaking down each track. It's a wonderful documentary that helps unlock this album

"Play me a song to set me free
Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me"
(LYRICS FROM "GET ME AWAY FROM HERE I'M DYING"

Amen to that
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From 02/10/2019 13:43
Didn't know what to expect from them but certainly not this 60's - 70's folkie rock sound - touches of Velvet Underground on this album. Really enjoyed it but totally missed them at the time.
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70/100
From 06/09/2018 18:14
"I could kill you sure, but I could only make you cry with these words"


Favorite tracks: Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying, If You're Feeling Sinister

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70/100
From 02/19/2018 18:54
Il secondo album dei Belle and Sebastian non si discosta molto dall'esordio "Tigermilk", essendo uscito lo stesso anno: un Nick Drake un po' più allegro, gli Smiths che si dilettano col folk … Lo trovo però meno "centrato", quasi fosse un tentativo di battere nuove vie senza potersi distaccare troppo da quella principale e con l'obiettivo non ancora a fuoco come sarà invece nel successivo "The boy with the arab strap".
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2. If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
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