• Record Label: Jetset
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2000
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  1. BenjaminBunny
    Aug 12, 2003
    9
    Spare, spare, spare. Aidan Moffatt's rants are noticeably downsized from other albums, the beats are uncomplicated and fairly repititious, and the musical accompaniment is barely there--heard through an open window from the funeral service next door. What you're left with is Arab Strap bereft of any of their many pretensions, whittling down their art to the small pearls of truth Spare, spare, spare. Aidan Moffatt's rants are noticeably downsized from other albums, the beats are uncomplicated and fairly repititious, and the musical accompaniment is barely there--heard through an open window from the funeral service next door. What you're left with is Arab Strap bereft of any of their many pretensions, whittling down their art to the small pearls of truth that have underlined their whole career--love, hate, the blurred line between the two. A deeply felt, touching, meditative work. Also their best album. Expand
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  1. 80
    Somber early works by the Cure and Joy Division read like knock-knock jokes by comparison. [#46, p.66]
  2. The tunes are as melancholy rosey as ever, the confessional as soul-stirringly honest and open. [#147, p.83]
  3. 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.