Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

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June 09, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Originally embraced for their charming innocence and ’60s inspired sound, the beloved Scottish mopes Belle and Sebastian now find themselves in the strange position of being neither naive nor fresh, and it shows on their awkward fourth album, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant. Lavishly produced, the disc too often trades melodic inventiveness for orchestral bells and whistles, and while there are plenty of sublime moments (”The Model” and ”Woman’s Realm” rank with their best), it all sounds a little too familiar. B

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