Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

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Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
FoldYourHandsChildCover.jpg
Studio album by Belle & Sebastian
Released 6 June 2000
Recorded CaVa Studios, Glasgow
Genre Chamber pop
Length 40:40
Label Jeepster
Producer Tony Doogan
Belle & Sebastian chronology
The Boy with the Arab Strap
(1998)
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
(2000)
Storytelling
(2002)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
Melody Maker 3.5/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.7/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 8/10[10]

Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant is the fourth album from the Scottish group Belle & Sebastian. The album was released to generally favourable reviews.[1] Fold Your Hands Child... features songs at a slower pace than their other albums, making it their most quiet and mellow album yet. The album is the closest the band has come to the chamber pop genre, as the instrumentation is mostly acoustic.

The band introduced many stylistic changes on this album, such as an organic strings section and more songs with lead vocals by other members of the band; Sarah Martin sings on "Waiting for the Moon to Rise", Isobel Campbell sings on "Family Tree", and performs duets with Stevie Jackson (who sings in an unusually low voice) on "Beyond the Sunrise" and Stuart Murdoch on "Women's Realm". Jackson also sings lead vocal on "The Wrong Girl". It is the last Belle & Sebastian album to feature bass player Stuart David, who departed the band after the album's completion.

The twin sisters pictured on the cover are Gyða and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir both former members of the Icelandic experimental group múm.

The album's title comes from a piece of graffiti on a public toilet wall Stuart Murdoch had seen years earlier and remembered.[11]

The opening track "I Fought in A War" was used in the notable 2004 BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares. It was also used in the 2005 Eugene Jarecki documentary Why We Fight. The track "There's Too Much Love" was featured in the premiere trailer for the 2014 Brazilian film The Way He Looks and it is also featured in the film's soundtrack.

The book[edit]

Within the album's photography collection were pictures of two books, Beyond the Sunrise, and I Fought in a War. Both books are titles of songs on the album, but the books are fictional creations. Due to the band's interest in literature, fans have tried to locate the books that they believed had "inspired" the songs. Belle & Sebastian have informed fans about the fictive nature of the book on the "Questions and Answers" section of their website.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Fought in a War"   4:09
2. "The Model"   3:56
3. "Beyond the Sunrise"   4:06
4. "Waiting for the Moon to Rise"   3:13
5. "Don't Leave the Light on Baby"   4:27
6. "The Wrong Girl"   3:21
7. "The Chalet Lines"   2:33
8. "Nice Day for a Sulk"   2:31
9. "Women's Realm"   4:35
10. "Family Tree"   4:04
11. "There's Too Much Love"   3:27
Total length:
40:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant by Belle & Sebastian". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Brunner, Rob (9 June 2000). "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Hochman, Steve (18 June 2000). "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Melody Maker: 54. 30 May 2000. 
  6. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant". NME. 3 June 2000. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Mirov, Nick (31 May 2000). "Belle and Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Chonin, Neva (22 June 2000). "Belle and Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 59–60. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ Greenwald, Andy (July 2000). "Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Spin 16 (7): 157. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Belle And Sebastian Talks "Hands" LP". "VH1 news". Viacom Media Networks. 30 May 2000. 
  12. ^ Belle & Sebastian: Q & A

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