I’d hate to choose just one. The title of this tune–and even more, the album–apparently really pissed off their fellow Glaswegian indie rockers, Arab Strap, who felt that B&S had tried to profit off their name.
Have you heard God Help the Girl, Stuart Murdoch’s latest project? I think it’s really nice!
S’right. I like their studio work, that’s where the magic is added. This is a nice song, but Gomez or Wilco could have written it. It reminds me of The Band or even The Greatful Dead. I like Young Folks even though it’s a “hit single”, the production is lush. They are very nice.
I guess if Yo La Tengo’s meticulous VU homages just don’t do it for you, and you’re terrified of going on record as sincerely enjoying the hyper-precious twee-pop that B&S are actually good at, then yeah, this is totally the shit.
I don’t know about twee, or pop, or gay, or whatever, but it’s essentially bland and redundant, at least as a live performance.
It has a very nice sensibility, soft, slightly bittersweet, but a couple of chords set to an aggressively understated shuffle beat do not, for me, make compelling music unless the musicians and singers are working hard to use that as a springboard to transcend its limitations.
Demerit points for self-consciously I’m-not-cool-which-is-why-I’m-cool rhythm guitarist.
Oh fucking *snap*. No you in’t. You can hear this song anytime you strum your guitar and sing to yourself about the travails of being a Stockholm adolescent in a world where Nutella isn’t always accepted as sandwich worthy.
I’m totally with Pinko @4, at least 75% of the way.
Mind you, I do have some sympathy for those with no time for B&S. I like them a lot, but as Tbogg noted, you do have to dig though a lot of shite to find the diamonds (but then the diamonds, when found, are of the first water). Anyway, I’m more of a Calexico/Public Enemy/Stereolab/Jesus and Mary Chain man meself, even if I’m aware what a horrible all-the-kewl-kidz cliché that is.
I love Stereolab, but mostly when they are krautrocky but not loungey.
B&S are hit and miss, like the Smiths for some. The ones you like you really love, the ones you don’t can even be off-putting. I don’t think I have the last 3 B&S albums because I think they just started not being the band I liked from the first three albums (with many of the best songs being non-album tracks).