Sunday, October 12, 2008

Belle & Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue (7", Rough Trade)

I'm a sucker for colored vinyl singles. Just singles, mind you - colored vinyl LP's don't look as cool.

"The Blues Are Still Blue" is the second single to be taken from Belle & Sebastian's album The Life Pursuit and is pressed on sky blue vinyl. This is one of the few tracks you will want to keep repeating till the point of nausea, and will keep your foot tapping uncontrollably throughout the process.

"The Blues Are Still Blue" is definitely the the sweetest love song that uses a trip to the laundromat as a metaphor. Well, it's the only one. But you know what I mean. All the usual Belle & Sebastian ingrediants are present - catchy melodies, harmonies & jangly guitars. However, Belle & Sebastian add a glam style boogie, which can only be described as the bastard child of Marc Bolan and David Bowie.

"The Blues Are Still Blue" is an upbeat, soulful affair, which while far from groundbreaking is definitely a keeper. Belle & Sebastian get extra points for the B-side, which has to be the best cover version of "Whiskey in the Jar".

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