Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Stuart Murdoch and his merry band of Glaswegian popsters return with their 9th(!) studio album and quite possibly their most gloriously wide-reaching collection yet. Starting off with the most personal song Murdoch has ever committed to tape, ‘Nobody’s Empire‘ tackles the chronic fatigue syndrome which overshadowed so much of his early adult life, before the album unfurls in vibrant, Technicolor style.

Those who only know the band’s early twee chamber pop years will be surprised by the sheer pop panache the modern day incarnation of B&S offers, with this album in particular bringing in a strong disco influence to their sound. Lead off single ‘Party Line’ perfectly encapsulating the sheer joy of making music which the group exude as they dance towards their second decade as a band.

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