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Belle and Sebastian’s Top 10 Songs

on January 16, 2015, 12:00am
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10. “Piazza, New York Catcher”

Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)

Six albums into their career, Belle and Sebastian began fulfilling what audiences expected — they wore stripes, they were witty, and their pop songs wore accents with pride — but sandwiched in was Dear Catastrophe Waitress, a throwback to their early sound. “Piazza, New York Catcher” has a warm strum that chugs along freely, inviting every pair of ears it hits to get up and follow it off into the distance, past depressing novels, bitter families, and Irish coffee, rambling on in the vein of Bob Dylan. It’s a softer romanticism, and it brings up the then-catcher of the New York Mets, Mike Piazza, of all people. Name-dropping a celebrity who is still alive is a curious decision, especially when you question his sexuality, but Murdoch plays it off with gorgeous enunciation, offering a casual shrug through the audio as if to say, “It’s okay. We don’t care. Just remember to live.” As he continues to outline the bores of long days and dull epitaphs, Murdoch wraps up his acoustic number with a chord hanging in the air. He’s already off to meet you at the statue, and it’s best you get up and chase after him – because really, what else is there to do? -Nina Corcoran

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