Dear Catastrophe Waitress [20th Anniversary]

Dear Catastrophe Waitress [20th Anniversary]

by Belle and SebastianBelle and Sebastian


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After the near-disaster of forced democracy on Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant and the stultifying holding pattern of the Storytelling soundtrack, where Todd Solondz brought out their worst tendencies, it seemed that Belle & Sebastian were disappearing into their own preciousness, but then something unexpected happened: they returned to form with 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress. This was unexpected not just because their last efforts suggested that B&S no longer could produce a consistently engaging work, but because their savior came in the guise of Trevor Horn, the man who successfully helped Yes turn new wave, the man best known for his synth-heavy productions of ABC and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the man who was last heard producing everybody's favorite Russian teen lesbian duo, Tatu. That diverse resumé suggests that Horn knows how to play to a band's strengths, and he certainly helps Belle & Sebastian regain their focus and vision, turning Dear Catastrophe Waitress into one of the group's best albums. One of the reasons that album works so well is that the notion that the band has no leader has been discarded, with Stuart Murdoch thankfully serving as the lead singer and songwriter throughout the record. Murdoch's songs are firmly within the patented Belle & Sebastian style, and while it may be true that he's not stretching himself much as a writer, that doesn't matter because he sounds assured and confident, turning out a set of songs that are finely crafted and tuneful. It's among his catchiest work, if not quite his cleverest, since the words occasionally offer an overdose of whimsy that leads to queasiness. And that's where Horn comes in -- by keeping the focus on the tunes and subtly varying the production, he's made Dear Catastrophe Waitress the richest musical offering yet from Belle & Sebastian. If it doesn't quite have the timeless feel of If You're Feeling Sinister, so be it, since this is their first record since that defining album to offer a similarly rich listen, and that's quite a comeback. [A 20th Anniversary Edition was released in 2014.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Matador Records
UPC: 0744861106524
catalogNumber: 110652

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belle and Sebastian   Primary Artist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Stan Sulzmann   Alto Saxophone
John Barclay   Trumpet
Jeff Daly   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Edwards   Bass Trombone
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Noel Langley   Trumpet
Martin Loveday   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Robert Smissen   Viola
Jamie Talbot   Alto Saxophone
Philip Todd   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Helen Keen   Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Kathleen Stevenson   Flute,Piccolo
Everton Nelson   Violin
Nigel Black   French Horn
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Chris Cowie   Oboe
Jeremy Price   Tenor Trombone
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Barnaby Dickinson   Tenor Trombone
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Sue Bohling   Cor anglais
Benedict Cruft   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Chris Dean   Tenor Trombone
Billy Rumfitt   Trombone
Richard Berry   French Horn
Kathy Shave   Violin
Julia Nicholas   Saxophone
Chris Davis   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Darren Allison   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer,Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements
Nick Ingman   Score
Julian Mendelsohn   Engineer
Belle and Sebastian   Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements
Dan Vickers   Engineer
Tim Lambert   Engineer
Stuart Murdoch   Liner Notes,Picture
Phil Tyreman   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Shantha Roberts   Cover Star

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