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

If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 117th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,129 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1996 (2nd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (22nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (117th)

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

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85/100
From 03/10/2022 11:04
First listen:Cute music where all songs sound the same.
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From 02/19/2022 23:58
There's great work, and then there's work that transforms you as a person. It grips the trunk of your soul and shakes the rotten fruit from your branches.

If You're Feeling Sinister killed a part of me that was infected. When you grow up in a religious, far-right household, parts of you are bound to be deeply, irreparably sick, and the only treatment is to identify those parts and cut them out. Stuart Murdoch's loving, careful depictions of various regular people, the kinds of regular people that operate in direct opposition to the Puritan Work Ethic and thundering heterosexuality of the church, tenderly taught me what was sick and what was well...and sounded damn good while doing it.

As a young teenager, listening to this album made me feel guilty. Loving it left me feeling liberated. So I listened and listened until I couldn't feel guilty anymore.
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75/100
From 01/27/2022 16:13
There’s times where this really grabs your attention. Like the singer is telling a story that matters. Too often, however, it’s a breathlessly sung tale of another depressing situation played over repetitively strummed chords.
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From 10/26/2021 16:56
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From 10/15/2021 21:00
weak songs.
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From 09/26/2021 13:48
Favorite album of my favorite band of my post-university life. Wonderful songs. Great vibe. Their run from 96-98 is incredible. Highly recommend.
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70/100
From 06/15/2021 13:16
At times moving, although I felt that the album's quality tailed off on the second side. The melodies also feel very borrowed from various VU tracks and Nico tracks. Good, but not deserving of a spot in the album canon.
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80/100
From 05/16/2021 12:19
Belíssimas músicas, esmerada, bom gosto e que não precisava de inúmeras artimanhas eletrônicas.
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From 04/09/2021 01:04
Shitty engineering VS Great songwriting and lyricism
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From 09/20/2020 15:57
An interesting thing about this record is the influence of The Velvet Underground. The influence is subtle, but it becomes obvious if you know what to listen for. Murdoch's voice even seems to emulate Nico's on the VU debut.
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