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The Boy With the Arab Strap


Download links and information about The Boy With the Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian. This album was released in 1998 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop, Alternative, Indie genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 45:28 minutes.

Artist: Belle & Sebastian
Release date: 1998
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop, Alternative, Indie
Tracks: 12
Duration: 45:28
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No. Title Length
1. It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career 2:23
2. Sleep the Clock Around 4:58
3. Is It Wicked Not to Care? 3:22
4. Ease Your Feet In the Sea 3:35
5. A Summer Wasting 2:06
6. Seymour Stein 4:42
7. A Space Boy Dream 3:01
8. Dirty Dream Number Two 4:14
9. The Boy With the Arab Strap 5:14
10. Chickfactor 3:31
11. Simple Things 1:46
12. The Rollercoaster Ride 6:36



Following up on their breakthrough album, If You're Feeling Sinister, Belle and Sebastian's The Boy with the Arap Strap opens the Scottish band's insular universe up a bit. The production aesthetic is a bit brighter and broader, fleshing out the sound more fully than the previous record. "A Space Boy Dream" works itself into a sort of psychedelic exotica feel, and several tracks feature a more extensive instrumental palette (extra percussion, electric piano, more elaborate orchestration) than before. Additionally, guitarist Stevie Jackson and cellist Isobel Campbell share lead vocal duties with frontman Stuart Murdoch. In fact, the Jackson-sung "Seymour Stein" — which seems to detail an ill-fated meeting with the founder of Sire Records — exemplifies the increasingly arch lyrical approach the songs were starting to take. Of course, from opening track "It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career" to closing cut "The Roller Coaster Ride," poignant portraits of tragic characters still dominate the B&S landscape, but nobody else makes sadness sound so beautiful.