Album Review: Belle and Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Consequence of Sound

If someone had said a year ago that Belle and Sebastian would have a Europop song called “Enter Sylvia Plath” on its new record, would you have believed it? After all, the Glaswegian indie pop group is notable in part for being so damn consistent. From Tigermilk to Write About Love, the band’s entire discography has been packed solid with batches of indie pop that deftly tread the line between smart and saccharine. While they’ve experienced marginal dips in quality, namely Storytelling and arguably Write About Love, the band can always be trusted to deliver strong melodies and clever, introverted lyrics.

On Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the band’s ninth album and first in over four years, Belle and Sebastian attempt to be an ensemble again. (Frontman Stuart Murdoch took a brief reprieve to realize the film God Help the Girl, which he directed, wrote, and scored.) Breaking…

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