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Philophobia Explicit Lyrics


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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0000064A1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Never a band to shy away from the controversial, Aidan decided that the artwork for Philophobia would consist of two nude portraits of himself and his then-girlfriend Laura. Both portraits were subsequently displayed in all their brazen glory on the walls of Chemikal Underground - Stewart receiving the dubious honour of having to work underneath Mr Moffat's emposing genitals, balancing accounts while a graphic representation of Aidan's penis hung over him like a Damoclean sword.

If Aidan did decide to bare all for the artwork of Philophobia, his policy of full disclosure was also extended to his songwriting. The album was, in comparison to their debut, a much more considered proposition. Weighing in with the titanic opening line of "It was the biggest cock you'd ever seen..." it was clear from the get-go that Philophobia was going to be no ordinary album: brazenly graphic, darkly humourous and poignantly insightful, Arab Strap were peerless when it came to articulating the grimy minutiae of life and the sticky hazards of turbulent relationships...

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Brooding, depressive, and morose, Arab Strap's music is surprisingly pretty despite itself: a dime-store drum machine thumps along in the most laconic way, a thick Scottish brogue intones drunkenly and lazily above it, and a smattering of keyboard sounds and purposeful guitar chordings fall in atop that. The songs are about all the nasty women who've hurt the two young men's tortured young hearts, and it gets to be a bit much after a full hour. There are glimpses of the reasons why these two Arab Strap boys get into so much trouble, through their plainspoken, mumbled tales of drunkenness and copulation, but too often, Philophobia is the musical equivalent of an unbearable hangover suffered after a lost weekend spent behaving very badly. --Mike McGonigal

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By A Customer on Dec 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
if have had problems with the opposite sex, buy this album. it is by far the arab strap's best. philophobia is 13 songs of misery, loneliness, and confusion. aidan moffat speaks bluntly about the pain and ugliness of relationships. if thats what you are in the mood to hear, you will find very few albums that will speak that as strongly. personally i love this album, because i, as well as most, know what its like to get screwed in a relationship. if you want something to identify with in a time of pain and bitterness, this is something you need to own.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Philophobia" is a masterpiece June 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album, "Philophobia" is a classic. Every song has a different melody, but each song carries a different tale of love lost, wild nights, etc.. I am not really familiar with Arab Strap's other work, but I just love how they choose to speak instead of sing, because while listening to this album it feels like you are hearing someone confess, and that is different. The music is beautiful- a low-fi drum machine, an occasional piano, a gentle-strumming guitar- it is just a classic for anyone who enjoys sad, moody music, Morrissey, and even Belle and Sebastian- even though after listening to this, their songs sound like children's songs.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Take away the belt and shoelaces Oct. 20 2000
By Brad Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the most dark, depressing, morbid music I've ever heard. God it's beautiful. My only problem is the length, after an hour I feel like throwing myself out of a window. In a good way though. This is not music for dancers, it is for those of us who understand true beauty reveals itself to us while drunk and alone at 3am. Their best album, with no doubt in my mind.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
depressing and blunt Aug. 11 2000
By chris wildeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
a very good album, especially if you liked either of their two other full-lengths. listening to arab strap is not fun, although it is probably good for you. the lyrics are harsh, which is refreshing, and they are also very direct, refusing to hedge around anything (also refreshing). the music isn't as interesting as the first album, but they seem to do a better job with the less varied texture that they go for. this is a bit slower on the average than the first album, although there are times where the pace does liven up to a crawl. if you get throught the first few lines of the album (which traumatized me because i had the cd player turned all the way up) then you will be fine. also, the lyrics are written on the inside on the album in story form, so if you like hearing about someone constantly going around in circles, then this album will also provide a nice example of that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
perfect pain Dec 22 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
if have had problems with the opposite sex, buy this album. it is by far the arab strap's best. philophobia is 13 songs of misery, loneliness, and confusion. aidan moffat speaks bluntly about the pain and ugliness of relationships. if thats what you are in the mood to hear, you will find very few albums that will speak that as strongly. personally i love this album, because i, as well as most, know what its like to get screwed in a relationship. if you want something to identify with in a time of pain and bitterness, this is something you need to own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lovely lovely lovely Aug. 22 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the best albums of 1998. Mellow, a bit depressing, but funny. I mean, c'mon, all the songs are abou drinking and sex. How much better can it get?

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