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Week Never Starts Round Here


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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000006OK8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coming Down
2. The Clearing
3. Driving
4. Gourmet
5. I Work In A Saloon
6. Wasting
7. The Smell Of Outdoor Cooking
8. General Plea To A Girlfriend
9. The First Big Weekend
10. Kate Moss
11. Little Girls
12. Phone Me Tonight
13. Blood
14. Deeper

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Arab Strap make folk music. Not the touchy-feely kind. The real kind--music made by folks. These Falkirk, Scotland, deadbeats have stripped their music down to its barest bones, crisscrossing spoken word and music to reflect the bleakness of the refinery town they hail from. A strumming guitar drifts out of one speaker while dark, disaffected poetry about sad, drunken nights and lost chances with lost girls issues from the other. Starkly honest, the lyrics slowly burn like cigarettes left on a mattress as they describe murky sexual encounters and the grim face-offs that follow. It's downer music, but it's so elegantly conceived that it engages a wider band of thought than simply sadness. The album's centerpiece is the trip-hoppy "The Clearing," a slow, sexy lament with piano and cello contributions from Chris Geddes and Isobel Campbell from Belle & Sebastian. "And now the things that used to turn me off, I find endearing / And they laugh behind the trees and she lays naked in the clearing." This is what life sounds like. --Lois Maffeo

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Format: Audio CD
One night stands, girls that decieve, ale, clubs, cigarettes and ecstasy; welcome to the world of Arab Strap. A band the tells all(Well mostly the sad parts), not leaving out any little detail. The lead singer mumbles on the mic as if his woken up after a long night before and with a deadly hangover and the band plays on. With lyrics like "I lick her ..., as it tightens its grip." and "Talked with your ex and we agreed,thought of your sister helped us wank. ", it's not hard but to laugh at first but these guys aren't just trying to shock people's parents for a few bucks. Arab Strap live this lifestyle and put it on record, making the music seem more real. All the songs go in a singer-tells-a-story-rather-than-sing formula but the music is differnt. At the core of Arab Strap's music, is modern folk(Belle & Sebastian, etc...) with sprinkles of electronic keyboards, hip hop drums, and industrial thrashes. Arab Strap combine old with new, making a fresh sound. If you don't dig the lyrics, you can atleast just focus on the music. Stand out songs include ; "I Work In A Saloon", "The First Big Weekend"(Possibly the best Arab Strap song), "Blood", and "The Smell Of Outdoor Cooking." "The Week Never Ends Round Here" plays like an Irvine Welsh novel(Arab Strap should've done the whole soundtrack to "The Acid House") talking about youth who waste their days on ale, one night stands, and being lazy all day. If this is what you want, no one does it better than Arab Strap. They've wone me over.
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By A Customer on March 6 2001
Format: Audio CD
i bought philophobia first and i think this album, though it's their debut, is not as good. it's too varied, it's not as consistent as philophobia. of course, you might like it that way. i don't, and i wish someone'd told me that this is the case. of course there are gems on this album, and it's worth buying if you like them, but i'd buy it used. philophobia is much more involving, and the music is better. the middle of this album starts getting strange, sounds as if some kids were just messing around with a tape recorder. which is fine, but just not what i was expecting. and i don't think 'the first big weekend' is such a great song - i don't like the techno type stuff very much at all. oh well. this album lacks the depth of philophobia, the honesty and shamelessness that makes that album so great and that makes me love arab strap so much. about half of this album is good in that way. the rest is filler. eh.
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By A Customer on March 19 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if this albumn is for everyone, but I loved it. Some of the songs such as Deeper, Phone me tonight, and The First Big Weekend of the Summer, go down in my list of all time favorite tracks.
I would certainly recommend listening to this albumn on a good stereo - a lot of the lyrics sound muffled on bad headphones, making the heavy accents harder to understand. The lyrics are worth it though - Pessemistic, world-weary, but honest and very personal.
This albumn is more varied than some of their later stuff, and one or two tracks are just plain painful to listen to (whistling?) - You certainly can't call this albumn over-produced. This adds to the appeal, though, reflecting the lack of pretention in the music.
In my opinion, this is Arab Strap's best albumn. Buy it, love it, then buy all the ones that follow. You won't regret it.
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if you are the kind of person who will listen to their friend sob in a drunken stupor about how miserable they are, then you will love this album, even though it could drive somebody over the edge from depression into self-destruction (which is usually where the lead singer sounds like he is). the lyrics are amazing and simple; you can actually feel the sadness in his voice as it moves between a moan and a whimper and it is just beautiful, especially when complimented by the quirky instrumental back-up. although i make this sound like the most depressing album you will ever buy, it is a good bit more upbeat than their other albums and is more accesible for the average listener. buy this album first and then check out the others; if you really pay attention to arab strap, you will be amazed every time you hear the album.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
beautifully simple and hideously depressing Aug. 7 2000
By chris wildeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
if you are the kind of person who will listen to their friend sob in a drunken stupor about how miserable they are, then you will love this album, even though it could drive somebody over the edge from depression into self-destruction (which is usually where the lead singer sounds like he is). the lyrics are amazing and simple; you can actually feel the sadness in his voice as it moves between a moan and a whimper and it is just beautiful, especially when complimented by the quirky instrumental back-up. although i make this sound like the most depressing album you will ever buy, it is a good bit more upbeat than their other albums and is more accesible for the average listener. buy this album first and then check out the others; if you really pay attention to arab strap, you will be amazed every time you hear the album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, but try it first. March 19 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if this albumn is for everyone, but I loved it. Some of the songs such as Deeper, Phone me tonight, and The First Big Weekend of the Summer, go down in my list of all time favorite tracks.
I would certainly recommend listening to this albumn on a good stereo - a lot of the lyrics sound muffled on bad headphones, making the heavy accents harder to understand. The lyrics are worth it though - Pessemistic, world-weary, but honest and very personal.
This albumn is more varied than some of their later stuff, and one or two tracks are just plain painful to listen to (whistling?) - You certainly can't call this albumn over-produced. This adds to the appeal, though, reflecting the lack of pretention in the music.
In my opinion, this is Arab Strap's best albumn. Buy it, love it, then buy all the ones that follow. You won't regret it.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
not as good as i thought it'd be March 6 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i bought philophobia first and i think this album, though it's their debut, is not as good. it's too varied, it's not as consistent as philophobia. of course, you might like it that way. i don't, and i wish someone'd told me that this is the case. of course there are gems on this album, and it's worth buying if you like them, but i'd buy it used. philophobia is much more involving, and the music is better. the middle of this album starts getting strange, sounds as if some kids were just messing around with a tape recorder. which is fine, but just not what i was expecting. and i don't think 'the first big weekend' is such a great song - i don't like the techno type stuff very much at all. oh well. this album lacks the depth of philophobia, the honesty and shamelessness that makes that album so great and that makes me love arab strap so much. about half of this album is good in that way. the rest is filler. eh.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
FOrget it Jan. 5 2007
By Arlo Vortex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sorry to bring everyone down, but inspite of all these great reviews, this album is a Dud. Notice the capital D. It sounds to me like some guy in his living room with a multi track and a drum machine. And there is nothing on the insert to suggest that there are other people in the band. Maybe he found some like-minded friends later on to play music with. There were a couple of tracks with a real drum kit and an occassional guest cellist that wasn't bad, but it doesn't save this album. I could give him the benefit of the doubt and try another album, but probably not.

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