Glorious return for Belle and Sebastian

Emma LeeDespite being a huge fan of Belle and Sebastian, I wouldn't have put them down as an arena-filling band. All delicate harmonies, strings, bittersweet lyrics and even school recorders, their music has soundtracked many a lonely unrequited love.Emma Lee

Despite being a huge fan of Belle and Sebastian, I wouldn't have put them down as an arena-filling band.

All delicate harmonies, strings, bittersweet lyrics and even school recorders, their music has soundtracked many a lonely unrequited love.

But that was before Saturday night.

It was the first time the Glasgow band had played in the UK for years - and what a return it was.

There were no frills or gimmicks, just amazing musicianship.

Frontman Stuart Murdoch is a fantastic lyricist - right up there with Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker. He can make you laugh and cry within a couple of lines.

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And he makes a charismatic frontman. A gang of excitable fans were invited up on to the stage to dance for one song - and with impeccable (comic) timing Murdoch screamed 'don't touch me' as they hurtled towards him.

Highlights of the set included Judy and the Dream of Horses, Fox in the Snow (Murdoch did warn the crowd that there would be lots of animal-related songs), Step Into My Office Baby, a cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones and the encore, Legal Man.

In fact, there wasn't a lowlight.

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