- Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack and Don’t You Come Back
- Parov Stelar – The Princess Part One
- Parov Stelar – The Princess Part Two
Featured Favourite Artist: Belle & Sebastian
The two albums we own are The Life Pursuit and Push Barman to Open Old Wounds.
A band that takes its name from a French children’s television series about a boy and his dog would almost have to be precious, and to be sure, Belle & Sebastian are precious. But precious can be a damning word, and Belle & Sebastian don’t have the negative qualities that the word connotes: they are private but not insular, pretty but not wimpy; they make gorgeous, delicate melodies sound full-bodied. Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an intimate, majestic sound that is equal parts folk-rock and ’60s pop, but Murdoch’s gift, not just for whimsy and surrealism, but also for odd, unsettling lyrical detail, keeps the songs grounded in a tangible reality.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Belle & Sebastian released their first two albums in 1996 at the peak of the chamber pop movement. At first, some critics in Britain’s music weeklies tied the band into the subgenre, yet the group was too pretty, too delicate, to bear that label. Through their first two years of public existence, the band shielded their personalities, submitting publicity photos featuring a girl that wasn’t in the band and reluctantly posing for photo shoots. Furthermore, they performed in odd venues, playing not only the standard coffee houses and cafes, but also homes, church halls, and libraries. (Source: emusic.com)