Serving as a collection of rarities, remixes, B-sides and the like from their last three LPs, Third Eye Centre is like a bag of pick and mix that a stranger has picked for you, and you're eating it blindfolded, but with most of the liquorice removed (because we all know liquorice is crap). A questionable metaphor that might be, but as you listen to this collection of tracks, trying to predict what might come next is a hopeless task; the variation in style is quite remarkable. Impressively though, on the whole, it's all rather good.

Clocking in at nineteen tracks, Third Eye Centre is a fair old listen. For the most part though, the tracks fly by; only one song exceeds the five minute mark and they generally provide far more than your bog standard b-sides collection. 'Suicide Girl' is the first highlight. All 80s synth, inescapably catchy chorus and rolling drums, it's a real indie-pop gem. From here 'Your Cover's Blown', from their 2004 Books EP, is thoroughly camped-up by Miaoux Miaoux with a pulsating euro-synth twist. Horrible as that may sound, it works and more than lives up to the original.

The main attraction of Third Eye Centre is just how eclectic it is. Trying to fence Belle and Sebastian in to one genre would be a fruitless exercise. An exercise that would do them no justice however you tried to classify them. This being said, it's not all good. 'The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House' is a yawn-worthy serving of faux-ska and fails to do anything more than meander past. Equally, 'Meat and Potatoes' is just that. Only briefly does it serve up anything more. 'Mr Richard', the albums quirky latin-tinged number, with it's irritating 'ba ba ba ba' refrain, is an unnecessary nuisance.

Aside from these let downs, Belle & Sebastian deliver a thoroughly satisfying excursion into the outer reaches of their more recent output. The smooth, slow-burning blues of 'Long Black Scarf' and the frankly lovely 'Blue Eyes of a Millionaire' are further evidence of the fact that both Belle and Sebastian are simply excellent song writers... Finally, 'Passion Fruit' stands out as the only instrumental song in this collection, demonstrating their knack for melody in all forms.

(To clarify, none of the band members are called Belle, or Sebastian.)