Alternative music reunions have been all the rage this century/millennium, but what about a great indie act that never broke up, and have just kept putting out stellar music? That’s the case with Belle & Sebastian, who keep up their quality with Girls In Peacetime Wanna Dance.
From that title, one can guess that, yes, there are dance tracks on this record, but it’s still got the B&S loveliness that has kept them working for so long. While “The Party Line” and “Enter Sylvia Plath” go out-and-out disco, finer is when the band goes tropical on “Perfect Couples” (an envious kiss-off to all such couples) and “Play for Today” (whose incongruently downbeat lyrics make it a sort of ‘tropical depression’). In contrast, the airiness of such songs as “The Cat with the Cream” and closer “Today (This Army’s For Peace)” get relatively lost in the shadows – only the Francophone ménage a trois of “The Power of Three” stands out.
Coming off last year’s b-sides collection Third Eye Centre, Belle & Sebastian are a thoroughly established group, who’ve been nicely putting out nice records for decades now, continuing with Girls In Peacetime Wanna Dance.