Album Review | Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance | Belle and Sebastian

The Glasgow folk-pop band hasn't released a new record since 2010's Write About Love, but they return on Tuesday with Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, an album in a different, more electronic direction that combines Stuart Murdoch's pensive song-writing with more dance elements like a hard kick drum beat to a chorus of synthesizers. This subtle shift reflects the band's desire, if not need, to stay relevant in today's musical landscape after 20 years recording music.

Unexpected songs like "Enter Sylvia Plath" and "The Party Line" are the peppiest tracks on the album but the opening track, "Nobody's Empire" still stays true to the traditional Belle and Sebastian sound, especially because it details Murdoch's experience in the 1990s with chronic fatigue syndrome.

With a mix of melancholy and hope, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is a compelling record that allows the band to expand their scope, and hopefully their reach.

The band embarks on a U.S. tour beginning with Boston on March 30th. Tour info and tickets here:

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