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

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If You're Feeling Sinister
If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle And Sebastian (1996)
Overall rank: 122nd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 944 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1996 (2nd)
Top 50 albums of the 1990s (26th)
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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From Brad1770 18 hours ago
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 PeterSmith 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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From ItSaysDilbert 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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From Sandrof1969 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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From JulianR 02/02/2018 02:01
This seems to be one of those album that uses slightly non-traditional chords and melody structures, so that it may take two or three listens to "get." However, there are definitely some great tracks even first listen.

As a side note, anyone that likes this should check out Wilco, especially Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. There were many songs that reminded me of wilco quite a bit
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From Michael1981 08/16/2017 14:30
Beautiful. A very rare thing. Stuart Murdoch is some songwriter.
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From Greendonut227 06/20/2017 14:31
This is such a great, lovely album. This is a lot lighter and cuter than I was expecting. Since the album has the word "Sinister" in its title and the highest rated song is called "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying", I was expecting a very dark, personal album, like a mix between The Smiths, Portishead, Slint, Joy Division, and Neil Young. Instead, this is this very strong indie pop record. It still has its sadder comments too of course. I recommend this.
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From mbartley 05/21/2017 14:30
Tops
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From luigybetis 01/25/2017 18:58
Top 10 of all time
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From Seab 01/23/2017 23:47
A collection of 10 great chamber pop songs from start to finish.

Favorite Track: Seeing Other People
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