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- Come On Sister by Belle and Sebastian
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Yeah, they're back. The beloved saviours of real indie. The global twee network godheads supreme. 'Come on Sister' doesn't particularly deviate from the B&S template, it's a mid-paced knees up with shimmering, clipped guitars, cute organ lines and a chatty bassline. Murdoch's voice is not quite as fragile as in the old days - he's a confident showman these days! Catchy as you'd like is this Tony Doogan mix, a really full, clean balanced production on here...I'm unfamiliar with the original as the last album got played once in this office but I recall three tracks being quite excellent. I'm convinced this was one of them, it's classic B&S really, nothing new but then again, they don't really do progressive future music so who cares? I'm not particularly taken with the Euro-pop euphoria of Richard X's mix of the mainly female vocalled 'I Didn't See it Coming'. Once again it's an incredibly tuneful, air punching track but just stinks of old chart cheese to me, although it's fun enough. The Cold Cave version, however, retains the bubbling European feel but features some boss glacial new wave synth lines which suit the tune much more - basically it's like the moody hell to Richard X's giddy "heaven". Give me hell any day, this is a really cool mix of a good song, coming across rather like some of the more sultry Annie stuff or the more stately moments of 'Dare' by Human League in spirit. If you're just after a new B&S track, flick to the excellent 'Blue Eyes Of A Millionaire', an outtake from last year which really is/was more than good enough to have been on the album. It's a strummy, smooth mid-paced ballad voiced by Murdoch with loads of dinky little guitar lines and some very restrained orchestration. For some reason I keep thinking of 'Cast No Shadow' by Oasis although I think it's just the feel, pace and the mood of the song rather than any distinct tune/arrangement similarities. Quite sumptuous, it feels like a wasted opportunity to tack it on the arse-end of a remix 12" as it's a quality choon. They always did wonderful B-sides though...
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