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The following is a real-life email exchange between myself and a colleague regarding Belle & Sebastian:

[Colleague]: _______ is listening to an album now, and I'm thinking, this sounds like the Kinks, but happy.
[Me]: I think that must be the newest album (The Life Pursuit). If it were earlier stuff, you'd be thinking, "This sounds like Nick Drake, but not quite as suicidally depressed."
[Colleague]: Oh, I need to listen to the earlier stuff too, then. Thanks.
( Private email (9/10/2007). )

I'm not sure what to make of the above except that it means that Stuart Murdoch owes me more money.