All in all, whilst it’s a thrill to revisit the past, in hindsight Arab Strap’s debut album is arguably the weakest record the band ever made, yet everything a first record ought to be; raw, full of ideas, nervously energetic to paper over any shyness and with plenty of room to improve. And by God, did they. »
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deluxe double cd version with the band's first peel session plus their first live performance at king tuts in october 1996. the astonishing debut album from the strap originally released in 1996 marking the birth of one of the uk's most original talents. a little scrappier than later releases buy hey, middleton's music and moffat's viciously straight to the point (but still beautifully poetic) lyrics combine for an album of after hours loneliness, lust, disappointment, drink, drugs and love. no one can write songs quite as magnificent as 'blood', 'the clearing', 'deeper' and the utter classic that is 'the first big weekend'. essential!
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