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Red Thread


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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B000058TAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amor Veneris
2. Last Orders
3. Scenery
4. The Devil-Tips
5. The Long Sea
6. Love Detective
7. Infrared
8. Screaming In The Trees
9. Haunt Me
10. Turbulence

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By _ on July 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's lyrically heart-wrenching, seriously intricate, opaquely romantic, and musically daring. Hey they even figure out a way to loop a Yamaha Portasound PSS-570 keyboard drum preset within "Scenery", and I should know the sound because I have that old keyboard myself upstairs! Even the CD cover art is stunning. This album definitely isn't for the faint of heart. Nor is it for mainstream music fans looking for the all-mighty Top 40 radio hook and poppy dance melodies. 'The Red Thread' is for those who embrace the journey into the abyss of the human condition. It's one reflective side of true singer/songwriter music. So if you've gotten through the likes of Violet Indiana, The Cure's 'Bloodflowers' album, Ivy's 'Long Distance' album, even some Siouxsie and The Banshees, and Red House Painters' 'Old Ramon' album, then you're ready for 'The Read Thread'. Or are you? Take the plunge and immediately buy this album and prepare to see your world in new hues.
A great album for realistic and longing hearts everywhere.
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By Dirk Hugo on April 17 2001
Format: Audio CD
Arab Strap's unique appeal has always lain in the juxtaposition of Malcolm Middleton's elegant instrumentation with Aidan Moffat's sinisterly laddish carnal obsessions. Occasionally their songs have an upbeat and rogueish soul quality, vocals drawled in a heavy Scottish brogue over a curious Glaswegian Motown beat, but it is the slower and more spacious songs on which Arab Strap truly shine. 'The Long Sea' is easily this album's finest, showcasing chiming guitars and meandering keyboards with a Middle Eastern quality that are later overwhelmed by a wall of rich and sumptuous feedback.
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Format: Audio CD
Everyone felt the change when Arab Strap released "Elephant Shoe" under GO!/Jetset Records. A slight change, perhaps, one that probably wasn't all that painful. It was not a big departure from their acclamined "Philophobia" album. But it felt lacking a little bit, something just wasn't there that had made "Philophobia" such a wonderful album, perhaps the best album of 1998. But all along the way, it seemed that everyone had forgotten about their first album, "The Week Never Starts Round Here." (Which I beleive to be their best album. Period.)
Those days are long over with the new release, "The Red Thread," back under Matador Records. In a simplistic way, take the best tracks off of "The Week Never Starts Round Here," "Philophobia," and "Elephant Shoe," and you have "The Red Thread." Let's go track by track to see why this assumption can be maintained.
Amor Veneris: Could anything be closer to "Philophobia"? The simple guitar and piano is saddingly beautiful (as usual with any Arab Strap Song), and Malcom's and Aidan's voices stand out surprisingly more than ever. Perhaps one of them dated a voice instructor for some time. Not that they couldn't sing before. But, we know how these guys work.
Last Orders: AKA "The Clearing" Part two. Almost satanic in is rhythmic structure, one can only feel haunted with the passage of this song.
Scenery: Something new, something......uplifting perhaps? When Malcom sings the lines "Everyone is beautiful," we either know he is stoned or, for once, happy. But alas, this is not true. Someone is no longer part of the scenery, another loss, another song about that person's loss.
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