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Red Thread

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000058TAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

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).

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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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Format: Audio CD
OK, so I'm kind of new with Arab Strap, I first started listening to them with the release of Elephant Shoe and, although I enjoyed it very much, I was never pushed to research the group's earlier releases. However, seeing this new realease in stores today, I took a quick listen and was immediately taken into the Arab Starp atmosphere which, this time, is, if possible, even more bare, dark and beautiful.
Thematicely speaking, The Red Thread is very much in the same alley as Elephant Shoe. That which seperates them, something obvious from the first listen, is how much more absorbing the new release is. Please don't confuse this with accessibility, Arab Strap are not, and I doubt have ever been, an easy listen; there are no pop hooks and radio-friendly moments here. What you get is stronger material very much in line with the thoughts of artists who probably have the most serious and intersting insights on the different aspects of love and it's consequences (in rock music today at least), making it more coherent and just plain enjoyable (for those dreary) as a whole. Elephant Shoe was good, this is just incredible.
Please listen to (The Long Sea) immediately after a break-up.
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arab strap is one of only a handful of bands making music today that has little patience for trends, zeitgeist, compromise, etc...things artists should notice, but be very wary of...
the scottish duo have been making music in their own universe for a few years now (much to our benefit), and although they are often harassed for having too "narrow" an "oeuvre", they have managed to squeeze an enormous amount of emotional and sonic variety out their slowed-down, bleak, self-deprecating music...
after the exquisite 'philophobia' and 'elephant shoe' LPs, which were haunting, graceful, gruff, and altogether some of the most honest "rock" music around, the strap have now released their 'red thread' LP...
the usual suspects are here: malcolm's minimalist guitar, aidan's muffled, misery-soaked verse and voice, the occasional duet with the angel-lovely (in spite of herself) adele bethel, the savvy beats that mix slo-fi and clubland, and so on...
the narratives revolve around aidan's obsession with love and sex, mostly sex it seems...still, in his spare, tender and brutal (yes, it is both of those) style of writing, the songs' ugliest subject matter pales next aidan's being a big teddy bear...a man who is jealous, horny, selfish, insensitive, sensitive, heartbroken, funny, sad, and on and other words, a REAL PERSON, something that so many rockers are afraid to come across as...
musically, 'red thread' is very inventive, unsurprisingly...there are soaring strings, odd samples, blips and bleeps and scowling electronics, haunting piano...these two scotsmen have a stellar history of letting their ideas run rampant within their musical instead of a codeine record we get a wealth of sonic variety and emotional content...
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