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Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is the ninth studio album by Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian, released on 19 January 2015.[1] The album was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 and was Belle & Sebastian's first record to be produced by Ben H. Allen III. It was their first record to be distributed worldwide by Matador Records.[2] The first single from the album, "The Party Line", was announced on 29 October 2014 with its first airplay on BBC 6 Music.

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
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Studio album by
Released19 January 2015 (2015-01-19)
Recorded2014
(Atlanta, Georgia)
GenreIndie pop
Length61:16
LabelMatador
ProducerBen H. Allen III
Belle and Sebastian chronology
The Third Eye Centre
(2013)
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
(2015)
Live 2015
(2015)

The album reached #9 in the UK Albums Chart and #28 in the US Albums Chart for the 1 week of entry.

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
The Guardian     [7]
The Independent     [8]
Los Angeles Times    [9]
NME7/10[10]
Pitchfork6.6/10[11]
Rolling Stone     [12]
Spin7/10[13]

On review aggregator website Metacritic, the album maintains a score of 76 out of 100 based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3] Highlighting the group's increased sense of rhythm and attention to dance music, Stephen Carlick of Exclaim! wrote that "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is a statement record that Belle and Sebastian are still expert songwriters, with more than a few musical cards left to play."[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Belle & Sebastian.

No.TitleLength
1."Nobody's Empire"5:08
2."Allie"3:16
3."The Party Line"4:14
4."The Power of Three" (Sarah Martin on lead vocals)3:57
5."The Cat with the Cream"5:17
6."Enter Sylvia Plath"6:48
7."The Everlasting Muse"5:25
8."Perfect Couples" (Stevie Jackson on lead vocals)5:29
9."Ever Had a Little Faith?"4:21
10."Play for Today" (featuring Dee Dee Penny[15])7:33
11."The Book of You" (Sarah Martin on lead vocals)4:23
12."Today (This Army's for Peace)"5:25

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 107
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 109
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 49
Italian Albums (FIMI)[21] 86
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 31
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 9
US Billboard 200[25] 28
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[26] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[27] 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (29 September 2014). "Belle and Sebastian Announce New Album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. ^ "New album "Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance" 19th/20th January 2015". Belle and Sebastian. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance by Belle & Sebastian". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ Adams, Erik (20 January 2015). "Belle & Sebastian returns with its purest pop yet". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ Anderson, Kyle (15 January 2015). "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  7. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (15 January 2015). "Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance review – dexterous and witty ninth album". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ Harley, Kevin (17 January 2015). "Belle and Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, review: Another win for lit-pop faithful". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ Robers, Randall (19 January 2015). "New Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian albums are a lesson in confidence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ Stubbs, Dan (14 January 2015). "Belle And Sebastian – 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'". NME. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (21 January 2015). "Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  12. ^ Spiegel, Amy Rose (20 January 2015). "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ Brodsky, Rachel (22 January 2015). "Review: Belle and Sebastian Dream of Disco on 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance'". Spin. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  14. ^ Carlick, Stephen (16 January 2015). "Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Exclaim!. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  15. ^ Parkhouse, Will (6 October 2014). "Didn't See it Coming: An Interview With Belle and Sebastian". The Quietus. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  16. ^ Ryan, Gavin (24 January 2015). "ARIA Albums: Taylor Swift 1989 Is Back At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Album - Classifica settimanale WK 4 (dal 19-01-2015 al 25-01-2015)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Belle and Sebastian | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Belle & Sebastian Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  26. ^ "Belle & Sebastian Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  27. ^ "Belle & Sebastian Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 February 2015.