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Arab Strap's fourth full length outing sees them continue to explore a myriad of musical styles (not least the bagpipes, which get their first airing on a Strap album) and if Monday is usually a slow night at The Hug And Pint, you'd never know it from the tracks on show here. Thirteen songs segue and lurch from one theme to another: the wistful reverie of Meanwhile, At The Bar, A Drunkard Muses to the pounding vitriol of Fucking Little Bastards; the pedal steel and violin of Act Of War to the folky melancholy of Loch Leven.
Malcolm sings for the first time since Arab Strap's debut with a track that's also called The Week Never Starts Round Here - no doubt re-invigorated since the release of his solo debut a few months earlier. Monday At The Hug And Pint also features contributions from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Mogwai's Barry Burns and another insanely prolific Falkirk son, Bill Wells.
i hated this album. arab strap are great but this album is rubbish. the one star is for the first track, its disco like and alright, the rest is 'pish'. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by disappointed
I have only heard The Red Thread album besides this one, and while I really liked the Red Thread, I found this one a little friendlier and just as good. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by The Last Person You'd Expect