Album Review Belle and Sebastian - Late Developers3-5 Stars
There’s enough joy here for all the dreamers and believers that have flocked to the band over the past three decades.
Kickstarting the new year with the news that they’d recorded a further album during the pandemic, ‘Late Developers’ comes just eight months after 2022’s ‘A Bit Of Previous’ landed Belle and Sebastian a Top Ten charter. Recorded during the same sessions as its predecessor, their fourth album in as many years represents a prolific purple patch for these legends of Scottish indie. Soft-bellied, jangly, and as cute as a litter of fresh-born kittens, ‘Late Developers’ is as wholesome and uplifting as even the most cursory consumer of ‘The Boy With the Arab Strap’ might come to expect. Alongside the trademark acoustic-strum moments like ‘When the Cynics Stare Back at the Wall’, ‘Late Developers’ largely brims with the energies of gospel, disco and soul. ‘Give a Little Time’, with its sugary stomp, and the surprisingly sublime ‘When You’re Not With Me’ offer some standout moments. And though the LP is not without its misses - the auto-tuned attempts of ‘I Don’t Know What You See In Me’ prompts something stronger than a cringe - there’s enough joy here for all the dreamers and believers that have flocked to Belle and Sebastian over the past three decades for their wistful crumbs of comfort.
Belle and Sebastian announce new album ‘Late Developers’
Listen to first single ‘I Don’t Know What You See In Me’ now.
Belle and Sebastian release standalone single ‘A Bit Of Previous’
It follows the release of their album of the same name.
Belle & Sebastian - A Bit Of Previous
When they’re serving up classical pop tracks this accomplished, it’s ground you’re delighted to hear them going back over.
Belle and Sebastian announce new album ‘A Bit Of Previous’
It’s out in May.