Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. So few men have managed to touch our scabrous hearts in such a way. Cohen, Bukowski, Barrymore, Hulk, Waterman... Middleton, Moffat.
  2. 90
    Monday is the greatest in a line of albums from a band that hopefuly has a few more years of screwing up and falling down on its itinerary. [#59, p.87]
  3. Monday at the Hug & Pint is Arab Strap's best record, and should land on every critic's 2003 top 10 list.
  4. 88
    May be one of their best. [#5, p.90]
  5. The least bullshitting, most accomplished and first consistently great release from Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton.
  6. The slight progression of the group here is discernible with a better understanding of balancing the musical peaks and troughs.
  7. 80
    Has a pronounced acoustic bent. [May 2003, p.95]
  8. Comeliness and brutal candour in equal measure. [Jun 2003, p.92]
  9. Arab Strap successfully juxtaposes songs that deal with the fallacy of human interaction, while maintaining a singular Scottish sound and mindset.
  10. Singer-songwriter Moffat continues to showcase his unlovable-loser persona on the band's fifth set, but unlike on 2001's The Red Thread, he doesn't get bogged down in misery and despair: A wicked sense of humor and a more expansive musical palette help balance it out.
  11. A set of apocalyptic relationship odes as pretty as an ornate church hymnal and as dour as the bleakest Sunday.
  12. 70
    Musically more diverse, and lyrically as vulnerable as it is vitriolic. [Jun 2003, p.91]
  13. 70
    [Moffat's] monotone is offset by colorful arrangements. [May 2003, p.114]
  14. Just as downtrodden and elegant as those [albums] before it. [1 May 2003, p.56]
  15. This might be the most varied record they've ever made.
  16. All the restless energy adds up to a few too many diversions.
  17. For every great line on the album, there are three throaway verses. [June 2003, p.96]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Ryanc
    Mar 4, 2005
    10
    Incredible. Arab Strap have found their coherency across an album, lyrical maturity and imaginatively warm songwriting amongst subject Incredible. Arab Strap have found their coherency across an album, lyrical maturity and imaginatively warm songwriting amongst subject matters which display modern British culture more accurately than any present group. Full Review »