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God Help the Girl [God Help the Girl] 
God Help the Girl
1. Act of the Apostle
2. God Help the Girl
3. Pretty Eve In the Tub
4. Unified Theory, A
5. Hiding Neath My Umbrella
6. Funny Little Frog
7. If You Could Speak
8. Musician, Please Take Heed
9. Perfection As a Hipster
10. Come Monday Night
11. Music Room Window, The
12. I Just Want Your Jeans
13. I'll Have To Dance With Cassie
14. Down and Dusky Blonde, A
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Ole 866 2
Matt Bartram; Steve Price; Brian McNeill
Personnel: Perry Mason, Pigott Smith, Tom, Mark Berrow, Pete Hanson, Thomas Bowes, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Rita Manning, Everton Nelson, Johnathan Rees, Jackie Shave, Emlyn Singleton (violin); Charlie Cross, Nick Barr, Rachel Bolt, Peter Lale, Bruce White (viola); Anthony Pleeth , Sara Wilson, Dave Daniels (cello); Nina Robertson (flute, piccolo); Helen Keen (flute); Martin Robertson, Nick Bucknall (clarinet); Jane Marshall (oboe, English horn); David Theodore (oboe); Julie Andrews (bassoon); Jamie Talbot, Philip Todd (alto saxophone); Chris White , Stan Sulzmann (tenor saxophone); Dave Bishop (baritone saxophone); Derek Watkins, Simon Gardner (trumpet, cornet); John Barclay, Stuart Brooks (trumpet); Nigel Black, Richard Watkins (French horn); Mark Nightingale, Richard Edwards, Neil Sidwell (tenor trombone); Adrian Hallowell, Dave Stewart (bass trombone); Owen Slade (tuba); Chris Laurence (bass instrument).
Audio Mixer: Brian McNeill .
Arranger: Mick Cooke.
While touring with Belle & Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch began writing songs for a separate project. The songs revolved around the travails of a girl growing up in Scotland who ends up being hospitalized for what seems like a mental breakdown. He auditioned female vocalists and began putting the music on tape. The album sounds much like a B&S album, and as good as the female singers are, the record works best when Stuart takes the vocals himself, as on "Pretty Eve in the Tub" or "Hiding Neath My Umbrella."
Spin (p.84) - "GOD HELP THE GIRL feels like one of those projects Prince masterminded in the '80s....Brilliantly classic-sounding songs..."
Q (Magazine) (p.128) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Catherine Ireton shines...her clipped enunciation adding an air of well-heeled sophistication to the lightly orchestrated songs."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Murdoch lands on solid ground again with GOD HELP THE GIRL, which has catchy, jangling girl-group ditties a plenty [and] a theatrical flourish thanks to Belle and Sebastian trumpeter Mike Cooke's orchestral arrangements..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's an expansive, eclectic set of classic pop, with nods to Dusty Springfield, Love, Phil Spector, Motown and The Zombies."
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