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|1. Amor Veneris|
|2. Last Orders|
|4. The Devil-Tips|
|5. The Long Sea|
|6. Love Detective|
|8. Screaming In The Trees|
|9. Haunt Me|
The Red Thread is a densely beautiful piece of work: the swirling strings of Haunt Me, contrasting with the starkly picked acoustic of Amor Veneris; swathes of gigantic guitar crash all over The Long Sea while electronic beats patter and click underneath Turbulence. Also worthy of a special mention is Screaming In The Trees, where Malcolm's guitar playing packs just as much of an emotional punch as Aidan's lyrics.
With The Red Thread, Arab Strap establish once and for all just what an intensely talented writing partnership Moffat and Middleton were becoming: the music and lyrics working together to transport you to somewhere else entirely. It should also be noted that Aidan was ably assisted on backing vocals by Adele Bethel (who would go on with Arab Strap drummer David Gow to form the highly successful Sons And Daughters).
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. Read morePublished on April 16 2001 by Dirk Hugo
If you've ever woken up at three o'clock in the afternoon after a night of excess, with your stomach in your throat, and your heart and mind going in three million different... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001 by michael colin