Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Century of Covers - Belle and Sebastian Tribute (2006)

/Cover, Twee pop, Indie pop, Jangle pop, Fuzz pop, Electro-indie, Conceptual, Alternative pop, Indie folk, Punk rock, Alt-folk/

Comment: indeed, it is a 20-track tribute album for Scottish combo Belle & Sebastian after their 10 years of activity and 7 long players. Given that it could be said it would be great honour for every band to have cult following over a relative short span of time. Stuart Murdoch led combo continued the tradition of The Smiths in a more folk inclined mode though the band`s another obvious influence is being legendary Arthur Lee and his combo Love from the 60s/70s. However, there are up such combos to do not give a damn – The Sad Snowman, Perturbazione, Austin Lace, BillieThe Vision &The Dancers, Canadians, Hell On Wheels, Mixtapes & Cellmates, John Wayne Shoot Me, Mr.60, Tokyo Overtones, Prague, Tom Willman, The Niro, Tall Poppies, Le Man Avec Lunettes, Kawaii, Against Lupa feat. The Buzz, Spring Sale!, and Bob Corn. Beyond the predominant light-hearted twee and jangle pop and folk blended layer there are up some exceptions either – for instance, Spring Sale!`s Get Me Away From Here, I`m Dying is a hirsute punk/pub rock version and Perturbazione do cover in Italian; Mixtapes & Cellmates` provides a spellbinding fuzz/noise pop version of Photo Jenny; John Wayne Shoot Me`s version of Waiting For The Moon To Rise makes up a journey due to a beguiling synth vamp, melody dodges and sensual female voice. The cover print also brings forth the dynamics being overwhelming on the miscellany. In a nutshell, it is a solid tribute issue to an eminent combo. Let`s swallow it. 
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