By Leah Greenblatt
June 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

The sheer amount of next-level twee showcased on the Belle & Sebastian frontman’s latest project — positioned as the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, no less — may send some listeners screaming for the nearest Black Sabbath boxed set. But anyone with a penchant for sparkling chamber-pop melodies, string-laden swells, and Broadway-baby pizzazz will swoon for God Help the Girl. Murdoch’s new muse, Catherine Ireton, lends her ingenue vocals to nearly every track,? and while her style seems better suited to the stage, the album dips and? twirls along, like some lost ’60s musical excavated from its sweet celluloid slumber. B

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