Waxing Gibbous - Malcolm Middleton
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  • Summary: This is the fifth studio album for the ex-Arab Strap band member.
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  1. As ever from this source, the songs are neatly crafted, with a touch of folk music added to their melodies, not to mention the instantly memorable and quotable lyrics.
  2. Middleton and company burn through a set of excellent songs with confidence, ranging from other quick-as-hell rundowns to calm reflection.
  3. The combination of bile and hook, of wiry, mistrustful intelligence meshed in danceable synth pop works throughout the album, the contradictions bristling without overwhelming the tunes.
  4. 80
    Middleton here surely approaches full brilliance. [July 2009, p.96]
  5. Waxing Gibbous is a good, if occasionally overdone, album that proves that his musical imagination is still a fertile one.
  6. 60
    There's a sense that it trawls the finest moments of his 15-year carreer. [Jul 2009, p.93]
  7. His new set is disarmingly jaunty, occasionally odd – as on the scratchy electro-folk of ‘Don’t Want To Sleep Tonight’ – and frequently lovely, chiefly on the parched reverie of ‘Ballad Of Fuck All.’

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