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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).
Top Customer Reviews
A great album for realistic and longing hearts everywhere.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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