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I Could Be Dreaming: the Belle and Sebastian song-by-song, album-by-album thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lance LaSalle, May 21, 2020.

  1. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for The Everlasting Muse:

    1-0
    2-1
    3-0
    4-8
    5-1
    Average: 3,65
     
  2. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Perfect Couples", written by Belle and Sebastian and produced by Ben H. Allen III. Lead vocal is by Stevie Jackson.

    Lyric.
    Dave McGowan: bass
    Ben H. Allen III: additional synth, programming, percussion

    A longer, "extended mix" was released on the deluxe vinyl QUADRUPLE album.

    Sarah Martin: Stevie [Jackson] had the idea of the “Perfect Couples” song about how he’d always shyed away from thinking that his relationships were acceptable because everybody else’s were so perfect – and then they all break up anyway.

    Music based on Chris Geddes samples.
     
  3. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Extedned version:
     
  4. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    This is probably the low point of the album for me - I can't believe there is an extended version as I already find the short version pretty boring! 2/5.
     
  5. hello people

    hello people Forum Resident

    Location:
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    I'm a big fan of Perfect Couples. I think I get it...4/5
     
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  6. Dave in Preston

    Dave in Preston Forum Resident

    Location:
    Preston, UK
    Somewhere, underneath all the samples and loops, there's quite a decent song struggling to be heard. 3/5

    The video is excellent, though.
     
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  7. TheGoodDoctor

    TheGoodDoctor It used to go something like that

    Location:
    London
    Live, this song really does something that just isn’t there in the record. Maybe it’s because the style needs to be heard in such a big space. Now that they’ve built their own studio I’m curious as to what the next album will sound like.

    3.
     
  8. vonseux

    vonseux Re-channeled Stereo

    Location:
    Portugal
    Perfect Couples 5/5

    I think it's the best Stevie song since Jonathan David. Love the lyrics theme.

    Super nice chorus and coda and the percussion adds flavor.

    Works super well live.

    The 9 minutes version is clearly too much obviously, hell even the 5 minutes version is a bit long.
     
  9. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    Yep! :D
     
  10. hello people

    hello people Forum Resident

    Location:
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    They built their own studio?? Wow, any more info on that?
     
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  11. TheGoodDoctor

    TheGoodDoctor It used to go something like that

    Location:
    London
    Have a look at their Instagram account- couple of posts in September and November with photos. Not 100% sure it’s finished yet.
     
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  12. irong

    irong Forum Resident

    Location:
    Quebec, Canada
    Perfect Couples : 3.5

    A fine Stevie effort in which he doesn't try to sing out of his range, but the downside is that the verse tune is a bit flat. The percussion sounds good and is a nice change of texture after so many drum tracks.
     
  13. Dave in Preston

    Dave in Preston Forum Resident

    Location:
    Preston, UK
    I read that they had converted their rehearsal room into a basic studio, so that they could at least demo stuff there. From what I've heard they did most of the work themselves, to give them something to do in lockdown.
     
  14. therunner

    therunner Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    While "Perfect Couples" is a pleasant change from the excessive/frenetic drum machine tracks, as usual with Stevie's songs it isn't up to the quality of Stuart's 'normal' songs, although I do like Stevie's restrained singing style here. So it's an odd song for me to rate, because on a better B&S album it would stand out as the weak link but on this album I prefer it to the drum machine tracks.

    3/5
     
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  15. Freek999

    Freek999 Forum Resident

    Perfect Couples 4/5
     
  16. Vagabone

    Vagabone Forum Resident

    Location:
    Leeds, UK
    Another high point of the album, as is usual with Stevie songs. Extremely catchy and interesting lyric. 4/5
     
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  17. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    It's too long if you ask me, but it's pretty good. I like the chorus. It's a bit low-key and not a stunner or anything, but it fits on the album and doesn't disgrace it. Good disco sounding guitar! I love that chirpy B&S guitar sound. And there's a really pleasant lounge-disco atmosphere to this.

    3.7/5
     
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  18. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Perfect Couples"

    1-0
    2-1
    3-3
    4-5
    5-1
    Average: 3.52
     
  19. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Ever Had a Little Faith", written by Belle and SEbastian and produced by Ben H Allen III. Strings arranged by Andy Thompson.

    Lyric.

    Dave McGowan: bass
    Ben H Allen III: additional synth, programming, percussion

    This was, apparently, one of Stuart's older songs that got dusted off for this album.
     
  20. TheGoodDoctor

    TheGoodDoctor It used to go something like that

    Location:
    London
    An excellent track (not surprised that it’s an older Stuart song). 5.
     
  21. hello people

    hello people Forum Resident

    Location:
    Earth
    Ever Had a Little Faith - It's pretty good. Like most of the album, for me, it's something of a warm blanket. I can't be objective...it takes me back to another time. Even though that time was only 6 years ago. 3.5/5
     
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  22. Vagabone

    Vagabone Forum Resident

    Location:
    Leeds, UK
    Belle and Sebastian doing what they do.
    4/5
     
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  23. Ivan

    Ivan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Perth, Australia
    It doesn't seem like 7 minutes, as it's barely 5 and a half ;)
     
  24. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    I find this a bit underwhelming compared to most of Stuart's older songs, so I can see why it took him so long to put it on an album - 2.5/5.
     
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  25. vonseux

    vonseux Re-channeled Stereo

    Location:
    Portugal
    3.5/5

    while quite enjoyable and a nice break from the busy sound of the album, doesn't have much novelty and sound too generic.... unfortunately this seems to be the very direction the band decided to take on the following albums
     
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