By Joshua Mellin | October 4th, 2010
Indie kings Belle & Sebastian continue to sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. They’ve returned with a phenomenal eighth studio album just in time to watch the leaves change colors.
It seems like just the other day I was saying the Roots could team up with anyone, so it makes sense that ?uestlove joined in with Belle & Sebastian this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to debut their new single “Write About Love,” the title track from their new album (out October 12).
Since 2006′s splendid The Life Pursuit, Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian have been off continuing to craft and perfect their unique bouncy/playful style of rock. The result is a well-thought-out album of tightened melodies and maturing sound with all the excitement of their early work and, as always, a few surprises.
With the indie cred of a name drop in “High Fidelity,” Belle & Sebastian are a band always ripe for mix-tape fodder. Write About Love is no different. The album is tied together with upbeat and longing songs like “Come on Sister,” the quietly touching elements of “Ghosts of Rockschool,” and the true-to-form, horns-filled and bell-packed tracks such as “I Can See Your Future” and “Calculating Bimbo.”
Write About Love also contains one of the most enjoyable musical surprises of the year, when Norah Jones’ voice comfortably settles next to lead singer Stuart Murdoch’s on the lovely duet “Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John.” The two beautifully compliment different points of view as Murdoch sings, “What a waste/I could have been your lover,” and Norah sings back, disappointingly, “What a waste/I could have been your friend.”
Easily accessible and packed with relatable lyrics, Write About Love fits in perfectly with Belle & Sebastian’s seven other albums, raising their mythical indie status a notch or two higher.