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  • Band members: Malcolm Middleton
  • Summary: The solo debut album for Former Arab Strap guitarist Malcolm Middleton was produced by Paul Savage and features drumming from fellow Arab Strap partner, Aidan Moffat.
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  1. 80
    It's a substantial and rewarding work.
  2. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    A welcoming listen, it begs for repeated plays, each time opening itself up further.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    70
    He circumnavigates his more common interest in black humoured songs in favour of playful experiments removed of vocals but layered with electronic production.
  4. 70
    Malcolm Middleton's position as Scotland's premier musical prankster is more or less entirely cemented by the time the final notes of Human Don't Be Angry fade off into the ironically romanticised Caledonian sunset of Malcolm Middleton's wryly expressed musical imagination.
  5. New project HDBA (a translation of the German name for the board game Frustration) sees him actually having fun, after a fashion.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    60
    HDBA embrace cyclic faux-Krautrock, robust electronic rhythms, looped vocal phrases and miscellaneous soundtrack atmospheres. [May 2012, p.92]
  7. Apr 24, 2012
    60
    While it's less draining than some of his earlier work, it still speaks the language of lamentation. [May 2012, p.99]

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