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

If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 122nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,186 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1996 (1st)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (25th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (122nd)

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

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.2/100, a mean average of 82.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.4.

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85/100
From 11/21/2023 00:04
Pretty good. A very chill listening experience. Only problem is that it gets kinda samey after a couple of songs, but overall, I like it.
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From 04/11/2023 11:48
Belle And Sebastian take everything that was good about their debut album and improve on it resulting in a fantastic experience for us. The lyrics of this album is where it truly shines with some fantastic tales told across the whole record. Stuart Murdoch is such a fantastic writer and his lyrics are so personal and relatable that it makes this record have an instant connection with most of its listeners. His delivery is brilliant as well with this vocal style being extremely appealing to my ears. Instrumentally, the group have improved as well with their diversity on display here with every performer shining in their own respect. At the centre of the music is the guitar which is consistently fantastic and grounds the sound they are trying to create allowing the trumpet, violin and all the other instruments to demonstrate their flare and add an exciting edge to the music. Overall, this is the best album by Belle And Sebastian that I have discovered so far with its vocal, lyrical and instrumental brilliance always blowing me away whenever I revisit.
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From 08/31/2022 03:44
Solid album
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From 03/10/2022 11:04
First listen:Cute music where all songs sound the same.
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95/100
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 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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From 05/16/2021 12:19
Belíssimas músicas, esmerada, bom gosto e que não precisava de inúmeras artimanhas eletrônicas.
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Best Albums of 1996
1. If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian
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