The Boy With The Arab Strap

September 8, 1998 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 8, 1998
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 1998 Matador Records
  • Total Length: 45:29
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001LRAG6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,481 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The Boy with the Arab Strap moves like the tides.
Captain Eclectic
I know that it is already hard to imagine an alnum so good through all of my flowery, fawning words, but - one listen straight through and you too will be sold.
Adam Richman
Immediately one notices superior production values to anything the band has done before: this album sounds great.
Christopher Culver

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tyler McGaughey on April 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard about Belle and Sebastian from a friend of mine who had also turned me on to Kings of Convenience. I went out and bought this CD as soon as I could. I didn't really get into it at first and I didn't really understand what some of the songs were about. But the album grew on me. The songs are timeless, they conjure up the ghosts of late 60s pioneers like Love and Nick Drake, while always sounding modern and in touch with today's alienated youth. But now that I have listened to these twelve songs thousands of times, the thing that draws me back the Boy with the Arab Strap is the MOOD. Autumnal, like leaves falling but with a hint of summer still lingering and winter waiting at the door. Like "The Graduate" or a Wes Anderson movie, graceful and beautiful, with equal measures of humor, sorrow and tenderness.
If you haven't already, buy this CD and prepare yourself for the most subtle and gorgeous forty-five minutes of your life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam Richman on April 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every so often, you buy a CD that is a "press play, leave on" CD - one that has enough enjoyability and variety to be listened to the whole way through...I found that here. Some people have a hard time considering music with vocals of such softness - rock; but the simple fact here is that this is an album where most of the power comes in the lyrics - which could stand alone as poetry, and in the subtle and clean instrumentation - which is nothing less than perfect. I know that it is already hard to imagine an alnum so good through all of my flowery, fawning words, but - one listen straight through and you too will be sold. This album has out and out, impossible-not-to-dance-to songs (Dirty Dream #2 and the title track), breathy atmospheric gems (Ease Your Feet in the sea, Chickfactor, Seymour Stein- a brilliant song) as well as grinding, undefinable, songs with no genre or label (the amazing "Simple Things," and the equally great "A Spaceboy Dream"). This is one to buy, because there really is nothing quite like it available anywhere from anyone - and as the band shy away from public acclaim (turned down several major-label deals to sign with small Scottish label "Jeepster") they strengthen the unique nature of their sound which has only gotten better with each flawlessly produced album. Maybe not pure mosh, pyrotechnic, guitar smash rock, and maybe not pure troubador ballads - but a great piece of arranged music nonetheless and an entirely enjoyable addition to any collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kaiser on March 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I decided to check out the music of Belle and Sebastion simply based on the description they were given by other people. I figured any band that is often mentioned in the same sentance as The Smiths couldn't be all bad. It didn't take me long to realize why a lot of people consider the two bands so similar. Both weave abstract stories using themes of melencholy, sexual frustration, and everything in between. Both contain a timeless sound that can be appreciated by lovers of any musical genre.
Though there are simularities, Belle and Sebastion is certainly a band unique in themselves. Listening to their music is like sitting alone on a grassy hillside on cloudy day. For the most part it is peaceful, but every so often a gust of wind will blow past you so fast its gone before you realize its there. Lyrically they display a maturity that has unfortunatly become a rare thing in modern music, and the musicianship is so solid it almost sounds effortless.
Belle and Sebastian is a fantastic band and I hope to hear many great things from them in the future.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD for about a year and I just found out what an
Arab Strap is a few days ago.

An Arab Strap is a contraption that is designed to fit over a man's genitals and is usually made of leather.

I think I have gone into enough detail for most people. Just wanted to tell you.
(By the way, get the CD. It's really really good.)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Captain Eclectic on December 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Boy with the Arab Strap moves like the tides. It's the aural equivalent of napping on the beach too close to the water, as it cycles among feelings of baking in the sun, to the gentle lapping of water against your toes, to the soft crashing of waves washing over. And back out again. If I had to list the best "fall asleep with the headphones on" albums of all time, this album would be right at the top with the Cure's Disintegration, and Pink Floyd's Meddle. One of Belle and Sebastians finest works.

It could have been a brilliant career - 4/5 Great opener. It's not uber mellow, but it is ubermelodic.

Sleep the Clock Around - 5/5 A wonderful, bouncy song that's hard to describe. After all this time I still have no idea what it's about, because I haven't ever tried to assemble the lyrics into any coherent story. When I first listened to it I loved it but assumed that due to it's simple melody, it would become repetetive, but I was wrong.

Is it Wicked not to care - 3 One of Isobel Campbells few self-written songs. I've never been a huge fan of her voice (When not used in a backing capacity) and her song writing isn't particularly good either, but this is not too bad. The melody seems a bit sophomoric, and seems to sound like a theme song for a BBC children's show from the 80's.

Ease your feet in the sea - 4 I love Stuart's vox in this one. Nothing about this tune is meant to be riveting, just a simple song about the ocean. It fits in well with the imagery evoked by the music and lyrics of the rest of the album.

A Summer Wasting - 3.75 Another summery tune (obvious?) that seemed like a low point at first but grew with my love for the album.
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