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It isn’t a stretch to argue that Belle and Sebastian are this generation’s Morrissey–a polarizing, earnestly sentimental U.K. act you either adore or deplore and whose sonic shifts have been the subject of intense scrutiny. You can count me firmly in the “love ’em” camp (indeed, both Moz and Murdoch & Co. are among my personal all-time favorites), which was why I was so very excited to hear the band’s latest set of tunes, Write About Love, an eleven song LP which will be released by Matador Records on October 12th.
Although there are a handful of more compelling cuts on the record (such as the riveting “I Want the World to Stop”), the first single is the jaunty, jangly title track. “Write About Love” seems borne of the Dear Catastrophe Waitress era, with verses chopped up by stuttering chordal punctuation and choruses sweetly limned by Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin’s vocal harmonies. It bears that other album’s more straightforward sensibilities, as well–there are no sweeping string sections and Mick Cooke only whips his trumpet out for the odd note or two.
Instead, “Write About Love” is driven by Stevie Jackson’s corkscrewing guitar parts and some screaming organ courtesy of Chris Geddes. Wrapping up shy of the three minute mark, the song packs a concise punch that makes it ideal for repeat listens. It may not be anything we haven’t heard out of Belle and Sebastian before but the band does sound as well oiled as ever. Fans who enjoy the track will be pleased with the quality and texture which await them on Write About Love.