Sunday, 11 October 2009

Criminally Underrated Albums of the 2000's: #05

Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress

This should really speak for itself. Great band + world's greatest pop producer (Trevor Horn) + some of the best songs of either's career = great album. Right? Well, for some reason not everyone seems to think so. For a start, those morons at Pitchfork put the follow up to this record, the flaccid and often dumb The Life Pursuit, in their albums of the decade countdown with no mention of the Mercury Nominated Dear Catastrophe Waitress.

I've said before that I've been baffled at the lack of love for some of my favourite records, but with this one it's taken to a whole new level. I honestly think that this album has a shot at being the best in Belle And Sebastian's career (with If You're Feeling Sinister coming a close second), and why wouldn't I? Anyone with a sense of humour should enjoy the Thin Lizzy aping 'I'm A Cuckoo' whilst anyone with ears and a heart should bloody love 'Piazza, New York Catcher' – the groups' greatest song. Elsewhere on the album, tracks such as 'Roy Walker' and 'Wrapped Up In Books' and 'Lord Anthony' encapsulate everything that B&S have been about. Their naïveity, playfulness and schoolboy outlook summed up in one album.

There's not really anything more that I can say about this record. I don't understand why it's so underrated and I have no time for those who wish to slate it. If I were to do a list of albums of the decade for this blog then Dear Catastrophe Waitress would come very close to the top. Utter pop perfection.

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