A Brighter Beat - Malcolm Middleton
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  • Summary: This is the first solo release for the Scottish artist since the breakup of his band Arab Strap.
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  1. 80
    This is possibly the most optimistic album about depression ever made. [Mar 2007, p.98]
  2. Razor-sharp songs that do valiant justice to the desperate optimism of gutter-bound dreamers. [Mar 2007, p.115]
  3. For an album about all the bad things that can happen to us, it sounds pretty damn good.
  4. 70
    Arrangements range from scraped guitars to epic brass fanfares and, unusually for an album about loners, there's no misanthropy. [Mar 2007, p.86]
  5. Malcolm Middleton offers up a catchy indie electropop album worthy of all its communicative attaention. [Summer 2007, p.91]
  6. It's inevitable having enjoyed their partnership for so long, that you occasionally feel the lack of Moffat's brutal honesty, but Middleton grows more interesting with each solo release.
  7. Think a more ragged Belle & Sebastian, and you’re not far off.

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  1. FrancisS
    Mar 15, 2007
    10
    Slightly more positive than his previous two solo albums, A Brighter Beat is still, on the whole, a fantastically dour listen. The quality of Slightly more positive than his previous two solo albums, A Brighter Beat is still, on the whole, a fantastically dour listen. The quality of the songwriting is very high; splitting Arab Strap was a very sensible move. Expand