Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

by Belle and SebastianBelle and Sebastian

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Overview

At first listen, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant may strike ardent Belle and Sebastian fans as a letdown after the chamber pop masterstrokes of 1997's If You're Feeling Sinister and 1998's The Boy with the Arab Strap. Favoring introverted, melancholy folk pop ("Nice Day for a Sulk" could be the album's theme song) over soulful shuffles, Fold Your Hands Child also places many of its most immediately alluring tracks at the end. (No wonder the band released the garage-pop song "Legal Man" as a stand-alone single; it would have sounded out-of-place amid the album's mostly somber tone.) Given time, though, Fold Your Hands ChildLee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra homage on Isobel Campbell's "Beyond the Sunrise") and subtler arrangements that rely heavily on strings and keyboards. There's also plenty of what B&S do best: tales of adolescent sexual confusion; vivid portraits ("The Model"); repeated themes of honesty and deception, hope and melancholy, love and isolation; and at least three up-tempo, hand-clapping, bittersweet celebrations ("Woman's Realm," "There's Too Much Love," and guitarist Stevie Jackson's "The Wrong Girl"). It unfolds slowly, but Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant won't fail to seduce lovers of literate and sophisticated pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Matador Records
UPC: 0744861042921
catalogNumber: 10429
Rank: 45677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belle and Sebastian   Primary Artist
Paul Fox   Flute
Greg Lawson   Violin
Francis MacDonald   Percussion
Alistair Cooke   Percussion
Jonny Quinn   Percussion
Dervilagh Cooper   Violin
Cheryl Crockett   Violin
Murray Ferguson   Violin
Lorna Leitch   Violin
Helen McSherry   Cello
Peter Nicholson   Cello
Gary Grochla   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Belle and Sebastian   Composer,Producer
Tony Doogan   Producer,Engineer
Willie Deans   Engineer
Ian Grier   Engineer
Laura Molloy   Illustrations

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