• No Ending for Arab Strap

    1 Apr 2009, 22:38 by mattpate

    Originally written: February 25, 2006

    The first two opening tracks, “Stink” and “(If There's) No Hope For Us”, are very much alike. The opening track still pulls you in more so than the second, though the second does pick up in beat, which lends itself easily to the rules of mixing. You also expect that, maybe, Arab Strap had grown from the spoken word songs of old, like “Here We Go”, but he falls back on his old M.O. in “Chat In Amsterdam, Winter 2003”. However, the song is underlined by a soft-sung echo. Though the lyrics aren't very deep, they are still entertaining and easily connected to by the listener. “Confessions Of A Big Brother” reaffirms my liking of the band. It's soft and quiet, a great mix. The album seems to have a pattern of each song having its equal follow, “Come around and love me.” After the equal is played we move on to a different, either more upbeat, slower, or spoken word, style. Starting with “Fine Tuning,” the album takes an amazing turn for the better. The following songs are all wonderful. …