Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

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Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
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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
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[5]
Melody Maker3.5/5 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork6.7/10[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin8/10[11]

Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant is the fourth album from the Scottish group Belle & Sebastian released in 2000.

Recording and production[edit]

Stuart Murdoch recalled that this album felt more difficult to make than prior albums. Musically the songs were more complex and "demanded a pop precision that you just couldn’t skirt around" requiring the group to practice and refine things more than they had traditionally.[12]

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.[12]

The album's title comes from a piece of graffiti on a public toilet wall Stuart Murdoch had seen years earlier and remembered.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

The album was released to generally favourable reviews.[1] Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant debuted at No. 80 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 113,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. [14]

The book[edit]

Within the album's photography collection are 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 of Murdoch's. 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 books on the "Questions and Answers" section of their website.[12][15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
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. ^ Costa, Maddy (2 June 2000). "Mind your own business". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Hochman, Steve (18 June 2000). "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Melody Maker: 54. 30 May 2000. 
  7. ^ Long, April (3 June 2000). "Belle & Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant". NME. Archived from the original on 19 June 2000. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Mirov, Nick (31 May 2000). "Belle and Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Belle and Sebastian". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 59–60. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ Greenwald, Andy (July 2000). "Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Spin. 16 (7): 157. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d Murdoch, Stuart. "Sleevenotes - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant". Belle & Sebastian. 
  13. ^ "Belle And Sebastian Talks "Hands" LP". "VH1 news". Viacom Media Networks. 30 May 2000. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69707/update-belle-sebastians-new-catastrophe
  15. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Q & A". Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

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