Elephant Shoe - Arab Strap
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  • Summary: The third full-length from the Scottish outfit.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. The true strength of Elephant Shoe lies in its transcendent quality, in its ability to sweep you away with its hypnotic beauty and transport you to the heights of your own imagination.
  2. Arab Strap's music is still fractured, Smog-like, and woefully beautiful. The group's pitted, narky ambience fuses Irvine Welsh with Brian Eno's Another Green World-- Elephant Shoe is ambient for the Tamazipan massive.... Arab Strap's depression is as addictive as their expression of it is alluring.
  3. The recipe has changed little; if anything, it?s only become more articulate. Hauntingly beautiful backing tracks that could easily stand on their own float along, barely moving.
  4. 80
    Continues their quest for idyllic listlessness, setting claustrophobic love-sucks songs to shy bedroom beats that are always passing (out) into ambient ether. [Sep 2000, p.189]
  5. 80
    Somber early works by the Cure and Joy Division read like knock-knock jokes by comparison. [#46, p.66]
  6. However slight it is, there's a measured optimism in some of the lyrics on the release that make the weight of things just a little easier to bear.
  7. Moffat's half-sung, half-muttered confessionals still lurch between the pulsing beats and pensive instrumentation but the tone is now more funereal than carnal.

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