Still Havenâ€™t Found What Theyâ€™re Looking For
Belle & Sebastian are a group that has been around forever and are just starting to be noticed in the United States. Each new endeavor is the continuation of a quest for the perfect album, hence the title of their latest piece, The Life Pursuit. At this point, the group has still not found their musical nirvana.The album itself is greatly advanced from any of their past. Instead of one monochromatic image gracing the cover and no fold-out insert it is a book of tongue-in-cheek Q&A from their fans and full color images of playful girls in traditional Scottish garb.
As for the music, the album does not feel as polished as their two previous albums, The Boy with the Arab Strap and Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s slightly disjointed with unusual flaws, such as the terrible synth string-section in â€šÃ„ÃºSong for Sunshine.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The strained lyrics arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t as poignant, as in the clichâˆšÂ© â€šÃ„ÃºYou are my girl, and you don’t even know it/I am living out the life of a poetâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from â€šÃ„ÃºFunny Little Frog.â€šÃ„Ã¹ However, in songs like â€šÃ„ÃºThe Blues are Still Blue,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the true nature of B&S, with catchy riffs and danceable beats, still carries through and songs like â€šÃ„ÃºSukie in the Graveyardâ€šÃ„Ã¹ continue their signature tight vocal harmonies. The band takes elements that have worked and try to use them differently.
Though the music and lyrics of The Life Pursuit arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t as top notch as standard B&S, there are still enjoyable components. Like the response printed to a question of which album Bono would pick for his favorite says: â€šÃ„ÃºThe next one. Like us, he still hasnâ€šÃ„Ã´t found what heâ€šÃ„Ã´s looking for.â€šÃ„Ã¹