Boomkat Product Review:
So twee they could give you a tooth cavity, Belle and Sebastian have nonetheless delivered some of the finest indie albums of the past decade - managing to be both hopelessly fey and "surprisingly muscular" (John Peel). With recent single 'Funny Little Frog' indicating that Stuart Murdoch et al. were more than up for indulging their pop-pickers predilection, 'The Life Pursuit' is as catchy as bird-flu - pummelling the listener with hook after hook, whilst retaining their flock-wallpaper parochial charm. With songs like 'We Are The Sleepyheads' and 'For The Price of a Cup Of Tea' positively bursting with vim and red-nosed vigour, Belle and Sebastian still manage to instil a distinct pathos to proceedings; most starkly realised on the wonderful (Radio 4 nodding) 'Mornington Crescent'. With the vinyl edition including a question and answers session between the band and their fans (sample: "If Bono owns any of you albums, which do you think it would be?" answer: "The next one, he still hasn't found what he's looking for"), 'The Life Pursuit' is a chase worth taking!