Belle and Sebastian have been adored by the indie set since 1996â€™s Tigermilk. Since then, theyâ€™ve consistentlyÂ released quality, upbeat records. The Third Eye Centre is their second compilation album, bringing together B-sides and rarities from the past decade.
I have yet to hear a bad Belle and Sebastian song, so The Third Eye Centre fills the void created by the three years since the bandâ€™s last stunning album, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love. With nineteen songs and more than an hour of music, this selection is diverse and rewarding.
The three remixes featured are delightfully different. The opening song, â€œIâ€™m A Cuckoo (Avalanches Remix),â€ is a quirky take on that single, adding more than generous flute flourishes. â€œYour Coverâ€™s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Remix)â€ however, has a dirty, sinister dance vibe. â€œI Didnâ€™t See It Comingâ€ was one of the standout tracks on Write About Love, so Richard Xâ€™s mix gives it a dreamy â€˜80s gloss perfect for the club.
Iâ€™m also spoiled for choice in original tracks to highlight here. â€œSuicide Girlâ€ seems to engage in wordplay between the smutty pinup site SuicideGirls and actual mental illness. â€œHeaven In the Afternoonâ€ is a delight, from the substantial, to Sarah Martinâ€™s delicate vocal delivery. â€œMr. Richardâ€ however, stunned me most as it has an intriguing 2 Tone edge without getting too far into ska.
If youâ€™re not a Belle and Sebastian completist, then this collection will tide you over until their next album without any struggle at all. If you have everything collected herein already, well, they should head into the studio soon, so soothe yourself with this.