As Days Get Dark (studio album) by Arab Strap

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From 10/21/2021 20:50
Album Rating: 83.09

The sound of Sebastian’s sister - Belle - having spent the past 16 years turning tables round in Marks & Spencer’s, whilst taking a feel off Joe the storeman.

1. The Turning Of Our Bones - 87
2. Another Clockwork Day - 85
3. Compersion Pt.1 - 81
4. Bluebird - 78
5. Kebabylon - 90
6. Tears On Tour - 95
7. Here Comes Comus! - 79
8. Fable Of The Urban Fox - 78
9. I Was Once A Weak Man - 83
10. Sleeper - 72
11. Just Enough - 86
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From 03/22/2021 16:40
(This is an awe-inspiring return by this duo after 16 years of no LPs released. Perhaps the darkest and most hopeless album I've heard this year - I suppose it helps that I can't understand the words in the new Knoll and Ad Nauseam and other death/grind albums - and also one of the better and more lovingly produced and detailed pop albums of the year as well.)

This is one of the darkest and most hopeless and nihilistic albums I've heard in a long time, maybe ever. I wasn't expecting this level of brutal verbal destruction. It is amazing if you are in the mood for an album that strips away all the false covers and veneers of life to reveal the disgusting underbelly. When I first heard the album I wasn't in the mood for such a gloomy listen. Still respected the hell out of the spoken word poetry and the detailed electronic arrangements and tracks. But yeah it put me off how unrelenting the mood was. Today I listened a couple more times and I was way more invested. Maybe that has to do with my somewhat more dark mood, maybe its just a nice change of pace from the more level-headed, stoic messages of recent albums I've heard. Anyway, the point is, this album is a dark and harsh listen thematically and lush and beautiful musically.

All throughout the album behind the captivating performances of Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton, there are gorgeous, detailed and lush touches musically, melodies and excellent guitar lines and heartfelt indietronica tracks, and these swelling chamber pop moments and all kinds of beautiful musical moments. These well executed sounds and tracks make the vocals and the lyrics all the more ear-catching and intense. There is a very nice way they play off each other.

There isn't a bad track, I almost hate saying that cuz it sounds so basic. But yeah, fuck it, there aren't any tracks that I wanted to skip or felt was half baked. The consistency of the album is impressive. The way the album kicks off is awesome, with "The Turning of our Bones" being one of the most inspired and impressive opening tracks I've heard in awhile. That opening blast of desperate, poetic, hopelessness, is followed up by equally engaging "Another Clockwork Day", "Compersion Pt 1" and "Bluebird". The middle of the album keeps it strong, goes down little byways of musical expression. Then the last 3 tracks are all just as excellent and brutal with the 1-2-3 punch of ""I Was Once A Weak Man", "Sleeper", and the closer "Just Enough".

This is a hard album to rank. I think this is one of the better produced and executed albums this year. But it makes me feel, at times, a bit empty and hopeless. Quality-wise its tops, I probably will rank it a little lower than the quality would suggest, but not too much. And I suspect this will be one of those albums that I look at and I see its placement throughout the year and I move up incrementally. Not sure. All I know is it is indeed an excellent album and an amazing way to come back after 15 years away.
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