Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love (4 stars)

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Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love

(Rough Trade)

Belle and Sebastian return, following a four-and-a-half year break. And having re-grouped in February this year, they recorded this eighth studio offering with Tony Hoffer in LA – which perhaps explains the collaborations with Hollywood sweetheart Carey Mulligan (on the title track) and even more surprisingly with MOR warbler Norah Jones. The track she appears on, ‘Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John’, is really the only weak point on an otherwise utterly dazzling comeback. The indie legends sound slicker these days for sure, but shimmering guitars, sumptuous orchestral arrangements and psychedelic organ swirls are offset by the kind of exquisite melancholy and cut you to the quick lyrics that B&S are by now masters of.

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