#53 The Reindeer Section – Sting

Despite being overwhelmingly Scottish in its makeup there’s no doubting that the creative force behind the Reindeer Section is Irishman Gary Lightbody. The album was recorded at a time when it looked like his own band didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of selling more than a couple of thousand records. ‘Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear’ was a welcome retreat for the singer to indulge his undoubted talents with the help of over a dozen other musicians. For the most part the record was a timid offering, not in quality but in the laid-back compositions it unveiled. ‘Sting’ was a notable exception that rallied around a circular jangling riff. Lightbody’s voice sounds imperious as the backing singers coo in the distance and a Belle and Sebastian trumpeter adds the necessary finesse to seal what is one of 2001’s most impressive alt gem. KD

The Reindeer Section – Sting

Album: Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear!
Year: 2001
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