The appeal of Belle & Sebastian's coy, impossibly cute pop songs should have faded long ago, or at least been replaced with bitterness as the band got more popular and the members increasingly disaffected.
Instead, the Glasgow septet only seem to get stronger and more confident with each album. Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant is Belle & Sebastian's most expansive set in a couple of respects. The songwriting duties have been spread out well beyond leader Stuart Murdoch, creating some inconsistency but also breaking the sound up somewhat. Much more crucial are the band's orchestral tendencies. Strings and flutes dominate here, whether it's a solitary cello on The Chalet Lines or the epic, Gainsbourg-like orchestral swell on Don't Leave The Light On Baby. The quiet revolution continues.