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This article is about the album by Belle and Sebastian. For the Chilean musical project, see Tigermilk (musical project).
"The State I Am In" redirects here. For other uses, see State I Am In.
Studio album by Belle and Sebastian
Released 6 June 1996
Recorded 4-6 March 1996, CaVa Studios, Glasgow
Length 41:37
Label Electric Honey
Producer Alan Rankine[citation needed]
Belle and Sebastian chronology
If You're Feeling Sinister
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
The Village Voice A−[6]

Tigermilk is the 1996 début album from Scottish pop group Belle and Sebastian. Originally given a limited release (1,000 copies) by Electric Honey, the album was subsequently re-released in 1999 by Jeepster Records. The cover photograph was taken by Stuart Murdoch, and features Joanne Kenney – the same model who appeared on the cover of the Dog on Wheels EP.

The album is named after an instrumental that didn't end up on the album – it was later performed on Belle and Sebastian's early tours. All of the songs on the album were written by Stuart Murdoch between 1993 and 1996, and originally performed solo on the Glasgow open mike circuit. Though he performs on the album, trumpet player Mick Cooke was not then an official member of the band.

Pitchfork Media included "The State I Am In" at number 17 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s.[7] The album track "I Don't Love Anyone" was featured in the film The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and in the closing credits of the fifth episode of the HBO series Girls, "Hard Being Easy".[8] The tracks "Expectations" and "My Wandering Days Are Over" were included on the soundtrack of the film Juno. The song "We Rule the School" was feature in an episode of How I Met Your Mother.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stuart Murdoch

No. Title Length
1. "The State I Am In"   4:57
2. "Expectations"   3:34
3. "She's Losing It"   2:22
4. "You're Just a Baby"   3:41
5. "Electronic Renaissance"   4:50
6. "I Could Be Dreaming"   5:56
7. "We Rule the School"   3:27
8. "My Wandering Days Are Over"   5:25
9. "I Don't Love Anyone"   3:56
10. "Mary Jo"   3:29
Total length:



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Tigermilk – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Chanko, Chip. "Belle and Sebastian: Tigermilk". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 16 August 2000. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk". Q (156): 124. September 1999. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2 September 1999). "Tigermilk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 59–60. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (28 March 2000). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s
  8. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (May 13, 2012). "Review: Sexual Harassment & Heartbreak Dominate Another Uneven Episode of 'Girls'". 
  9. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 

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