For years we've argued that Belle & Sebastian not a twee act. The band rocks & rolls live, even on the tender stuff, and on its last few albums it has punched up the guitars, leaned back into funk grooves and polished the sound with an L.A. producer. But then frontman Stuart Murdoch had to go an make a B&S movie, God Help the Girl, which was twee as fuck, nearing parody. Chalk that up to nostalgia, as the Scots' new comeback record is anything but milksop mumblecore. It is bold, bright Britpop. "The Party Line," the first single from Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, is pure synthetic dancefloor silver. No, it's not EDM, but you can drop it in the club to great effect.
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