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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
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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
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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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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