Belle and Sebastian: Late Builders evaluate – a rewarding return to type

When Belle and Sebastian launched A Bit of Previous in Could, they didn’t let on that they’d recorded a second new album on the similar time. Whereas final 12 months’s effort was a bit underwhelming, Late Builders – launched with little in the way in which of fanfare – is much extra pleasing, displaying a lightness of contact and real Openerous.

Opener Juliet Bare recollects a extra tuneful early Billy Bragg in its stripped-back urgency; Will I Inform You a Secret is the type of light whimsy that Donovan made his personal within the late Sixties. When We Had been Very Younger, with its craving lyric “I want I might be content material with the soccer scores/ I want I might be content material with the every day chores”, is kitchrednk drama redux, whereas So within the Second is joyously irresistible.

Nonetheless, issues come a bit unstuck on the brand new single, I Don’t Know What You See in Me, its ecstatic synthpop falling the mistaken facet of that superb line between pleasurable and cloying. Nonetheless, Late Builders marks an actual return to type, and is the band’s most rewarding album since 2006’s The Life Pursuit.

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