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Monday at the Hug & Pint

Arab StrapAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: April 21, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00008OLYU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Fucking Little Bastards
4. Peep-Peep
5. Flirt
6. Who Named The Days
7. (Loch Leven Intro)
8. Loch Leven
9. Glue
10. Act Of War
11. Serenade
12. The Week Never Starts Round Here
13. Pica Luna

Editorial Reviews

Arab Strap's lovesick spoken word tales of sex & betrayal reach a new level on this 2003 release from Matador. An uplifting, orchestrated, string-laden record that turns the band's black-and-white blues into Technicolor.

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Format:Audio CD
ARAB STRAP
'MONDAY AT THE HUG & PINT"
It would be bad form to write off Arab Strap as just
another musical export in the so-called Scottish
invasion. Like their cohorts, MOGWAI and BELLE &
SEBASTIAN, they write lyrical, melody charged pop
songs with tongue firmly in cheek. Although the Straps
are a bit more mischievous.
Malcolm Middleton and Aiden Moffat are crafty buggers.
After seven years they are misanthropic storytellers
with no shame. Many of their lyrics center around the
world of relationships, good bad and disastrous. They
also write about drug hazes, glom and Scottish
locales.
They throw it all at you, cellos, bagpipes, distorted
beats, doors slamming and floods of tears. This is
especially true with their new CD, "Monday At The Hug
& Pint." named after a pub in their native Falkirk,
the album melds all of these things into a well
crafted, but sometimes non-contiguous album.
The album attempts to create the pub feeling. You
enter on a euphoria, then you drink, think, drink,
mingle, talk, mingle and drink some more. Somewhere
along the line you're at the barstool being sad and
miserable, but somehow reveling in it all. Arab Strap
have made a record that is lyrically frank. They are
honest and on point. However after a few rounds, they
begin to spiral into sadness and decay as they banter
on about bastards and evil women.
"The Shy Retirer" encapsulates the euphoria. it is a
brilliant beginning to the album. It features a beat
that slashes calmly along, melded with great hooks and
lyrics. "Meanwhile At The Bar, A drunkard Muses," is
tinged with darkness. It has dark lyrics and weeping
melodies as a backdrop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monday nights are always a bit blah November 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I do love Arab starp, I really do. However I find this album starts off a bit too well (if that's even possible) and hits a semi decent stride throughout the rest of the disc.

We open up with "The Shy Retirer". A dancey and upbeat yet mellancholly folk/dance song that will get you moving in no time, however it seems like within five minutes the party is over and it's time to get back to drinking yourself into a mess.

Really, I wouldn't say what comes after the opening track is bad, per-se, quite the opposite, it really shines as just good material, however this choice in progression just leaves me confused.

However there are the shinning gems amongst the rough rocks we call tracks you just have to look for them.

Overall it's a nice CD/LP but it feels more like one of those gifts where you just have to say "Well, it's the thought that counts."

And here it is the thought that counts, and the general motions are there however there is just a little something lacking that would make this a great Arab Strap release.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for your pint's companion, but... March 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're apt for really discovering this largely unnoticed but great band it's best not to start here. This is by no means a bad album but Arab Strap have offered better things in the -not so distant- past.
This band have made their underground name by being masteful in expressing their weirdo melancholy through stories of everyday sadness and through very distinct melodies which range from low-fi to experimental rock. Overall, this is a seriously idiosyncratic band, and this whimsiness of theirs has brought forth a few gorgeously moody albums previously.
What's missing then is first of all the bizzarity in the music which comes across rather flat and non-distinguishable compared to what this band is capable of.
Still, if this album is your first point of contact with Arab Strap you might find this LP very worthwhile and pleasant. Pleasant i said? That's the problem. Arab Strap aren't that good when they are "pleasant", even if that means -in this case- more accesible. This however, should in no way discourage you from checking them out as it's obvious that i'm speaking from a -positively- biased point of view.
An added pointer: Arab Strap come under the Chemical Underground label, a label with some very intriguing bands on their roster (usually rock bands with a tendency to experiment). Check out their stuff as well, but other than that be sure to listen to earlier Arab Strap LPs especially the one previous to "Monday at the Hug and Pint"...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Streamlining street September 10, 2007
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
An Ok (with dashes of great) excursion into the Scottish duo's disparate brand of depressingly inspirational indie rock, their 5th album is a more accessible summation of a more pervasive grit underlying past work. The harsh and engaging lyrical content which makes for some of rock's most earnest lines are toned down as well, but Strap fans will continue to find plenty to mine for value. Bumping around in many different sub-styles of this morose melancholia, these weary guys keep things interesting enough to initiate the uninformed, but fans have come to expect more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heir to The Smiths April 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Their most consistent, expansive album to date, it should appeal to a (slightly) wider audience than some of their previous stuff. Usually Arab Strap records appeal to introspective, melancholy types like me, but orchestral arrangements give this record a lighter feel, to the extent that my girlfriend, previously an Arab Strap hater, loves this record, (we saw them live recently and she rated it one of the best gigs she's seen). That said if you want pure unadulterated sadness, try the Cherubs EP (my favourite ever EP) or the Philophobia album, they'll have you crying into your beer at the end of the night.

In another universe this band are massive, Aidan and Malcolm create things of beauty, long may they continue.
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