By Tim Duffy
Belle and Sebastian are sort of the go-to band for describing indie rock’s lack of, for lack of a better word, bawls. Generally they are dropped into conversations about people who are into classic literature and love-obsessed French cinema. Of course like all of those things the world of Belle and Sebastian while not filled with the hard cocks and wet snatches that many want from their Rock music is in fact more acutely and accurately hyper sexualized than almost any band in the indie rock landscape.
“The State I Am In” is a song about an endless loop of life confusion and the directionless existence of someone who doesn’t fully know who they are. Surrounded by people who’s problems are clear and apparent the song’s lead character waffles between sin and redemption, giving himself over to each completely and never finding himself. It is the story one might assume of the entire Belle and Sebastian fan base. Middle class white kids without real problems, who end up confused by identity.
The details used to color in “The State I Am In” are found throughout B&S’s career. Perverted and opportunistic priests, knowing and respectable homosexuals, opportunistic women, frustrating physically compromised people. “The State I Am In” for many is the definitive Belle and Sebastian single, making it an easy best song ever choice.
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