If You're Feeling Sinister is the second album by Scottish pop group Belle & Sebastian, released on the independent label Jeepster Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. The album was released to much critical praise in 1996. Band leader Stuart Murdoch has stated in interviews that this is probably his best collection of songs.
If You're Feeling Sinister has received wide acclaim. Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 14 in its top 100 albums of the 1990s. Later, the readers of Pitchfork named the album as the 31st greatest album since the website launched in 1996. Rolling Stone featured the album at number 75 on its list of "100 Best Albums of the Nineties," while Spin included the record at number 59 on its "125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years" list. If You're Feeling Sinister also appears as an entry in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die as chosen by music critics.
"Whimsy and preciousness is an integral part of "If You're Feeling Sinister," along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements - a wonderful blend of The Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, to be reductive...Sinister plays like a great forgotten album, couched in '80s indie, '90s attitude, and '60s folk-pop. It's beautifully out of time, and even if other Belle & Sebastian albums sound like it, this is where they achieved a sense of grace." -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
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"It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career" Obi Strip
1. The Stars Of Track And Field
2. Seeing Other People
3. Me And The Major
4. Like Dylan In The Movies
5. The Fox In The Snow
6. Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
7. If You're Feeling Sinister
9. The Boy Done Wrong Again
10. Judy And The Dream Of Horses