ALBUM REVIEW: Isobel Campbell Paints a Rainbow on ‘There Is No Other’

Like being licked in the ear by a psychedelic mushroom.

To be totally honest, I’ve never really liked Belle & Sebastian. I was actually one of those people who hated on them a bit. Their sound just isn’t for me, and I really don’t get the fuss.

But then there’s Isobel Campbell. It was only after the B&S cellist/vocalist left the band and teamed up with Mark Lanegan for three albums that my eyes were opened up to her fascinating world.

Campbell’s latest solo album, There Is No Other, is one of those records that transports you to another universe. It’s a dream pop gem that gently blows smoke in your ears for the duration. 

Right from the start, on “City of Angels,” you’re carried away to a magical, fairytale version of Los Angeles, where you can practically smell the nature at night.

Her cover of Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream” is sweet, exemplifying her trademark whispering vocals. “The National Bird of India” is a beautiful tune that inspires a new mind state for me.

I have been listening to this album over and over, and just find it so soothing and good for the soul. It’s a simple album, but simple can be big, and I dream big whenever I hear this album.

Score: 🌈🌈🌈🌈 / 5