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Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Studio album by Belle & Sebastian
Released October 11, 2010
October 12, 2010 (North America)[1]
Recorded Early/Mid 2010
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Indie pop
Label Rough Trade
Producer Tony Hoffer
Belle & Sebastian chronology

The BBC Sessions
(2006)
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
(2010)
 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [2]
BBC (very positive) [3]
Consequence of Sound [4]
Drowned in Sound [4]
Pitchfork (8.2/10) [5]
Slant Magazine [6]
Uncut [7]

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love (also known informally as Write About Love) is the eighth studio album by indie-pop group Belle & Sebastian released on October 11, 2010. The album is the second collaboration between Belle & Sebastian and Tony Hoffer, who produced their previous album, The Life Pursuit.[8]

Contents

History

Belle and Sebastian Write About Love was initially revealed by Belle & Sebastian in early 2010 when they mentioned in the Q&A section of their official website that they had recently visited Los Angeles, California to record the tracks for the album. In a follow-up question, Stuart Murdoch confirmed that producer Tony Hoffer had returned for this album. The album's title was officially announced by Murdoch in a posting on Belle & Sebastian's website on August 11, 2010.[9] On August 16, 2010, Murdoch announced the album cover, release dates, as well as a clip of a planned Belle & Sebastian television show.[10]

Two tracks from the new album have been played by the band during their 2010 tour. "I Didn't See It Coming" is a duet featuring Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin, while "I'm Not Living in the Real World" features Stevie Jackson primarily on vocals. On August 16, 2010, another track was announced, titled "I Want the World to Stop".[11] It has also been announced that Norah Jones will feature on the track "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John".[12]

On September 3, 2010, the names of five new songs set to feature on the album were shown during the credits of the promotional "Belle and Sebastian TV" programme. These are "Blue Eyes of a Millionaire", "Suicide Girl" and "I Can See Your Future" (all credited to the group), as well as "The Telephone Song" and "If I Can't Help Myself" (both credited to guitarist Stevie Jackson).

The title track, "Write About Love", was announced as the lead single from the album and was also released as a free, limited-time download from Belle & Sebastian's website.[13] The single was released in the US iTunes Store on September 7, 2010, with a worldwide release on September 25, 2010.[14]

Track listing

All songs were written by Belle & Sebastian.

  1. "I Didn't See It Coming"
  2. "Come On Sister"
  3. "Calculating Bimbo"
  4. "I Want The World to Stop"
  5. "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" (Featuring Norah Jones)
  6. "Write About Love" (Featuring Carey Mulligan)
  7. "I'm Not Living in the Real World"
  8. "Ghost of Rockschool"
  9. "Read the Blessed Pages"
  10. "I Can See Your Future"
  11. "Sunday's Pretty Icons"
  12. "Blue Eyes of a Millionaire" (download only bonus track)
  13. "Last Trip" (vinyl edition bonus track)
  14. "Suicide Girl" (vinyl edition bonus track)

References

  1. ^ Belle and Sebastian announce release date, real album cover and tv show, Pitchfork Media, 2010-08-16, http://pitchfork.com/news/39763-belle-and-sebastian-announce-release-date-real-album-cover-tv-show/, retrieved 2010-08-16 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Allmusic: Album Reviews: Belle And Sebastian: Write About Love". http://allmusic.com/album/write-about-love-r1958530. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Wade, Ian. "Review of Belle and Sebastian - Belle and Sebastian Write About Love". http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/rxvh. 
  4. ^ a b Cosores, Phil. "Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love". http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/10/04/album-review-belle-and-sebastian-write-about-love/. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Wolk, Douglas. "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Belle And Sebastian: Write About Love". http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14731-write-about-love. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Cole, Matthew. "Belle and Sebastian: Write About Love". http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/belle-and-sebastian-write-about-love/2282. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Richards, Sam (November 2010). "Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love". Uncut: p. 81. 
  8. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-08-16), Belle and Sebastian: Q&A (Search results for Hoffer), Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/qasearchk.php?searchterm=hoffer, retrieved 2010-08-16 
  9. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-08-11), A Note From Stuart, Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/newsstory.php?id=503, retrieved 2010-08-16 
  10. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-08-16), Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/newsstory.php?id=505, retrieved 2010-08-16 
  11. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-08-16), Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/newsstory.php?id=505, retrieved 2010-08-16 
  12. ^ Yentch, Katrina (2010-08-19), Norah Jones to sing on new Belle and Sebastian album, Under the Radar, http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/norah_jones_to_sing_on_new_belle_and_sebastian_album, retrieved 2010-09-04 /
  13. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-09-07), Belle and Sebastian Write About Love - album details and mp3, Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/newsstory.php?id=515, retrieved 2010-08-07 
  14. ^ Murdoch, Stuart (2010-09-03), Be First To Hear Write About Love, Belle and Sebastian, http://www.belleandsebastian.com/newsstory.php?id=513, retrieved 2010-09-03 

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