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The Last Romance [CD]

Arab Strap Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B000APR5BC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stink
2. If There's No Hope For Us
3. Don't Ask Me To Dance
4. Confessions of a Big Brother
5. Come Round and Love Me
6. Speed Date
7. Dream Sequence
8. Fine Tuning
9. There Is No Ending

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After five critically acclaimed albums and a brace of solo projects, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have conspired to produce an album that reaffirms their status as uniquely gifted songwriters and maverick artists in an increasingly benign musical landscape. Ten years into a gloriously prolific career, it’s fair to acknowledge that if familiarity doesn’t necessarily breed contempt, it is certainly capable of inciting indifference. With The Last Romance, Arab Strap have provided us with the perfect opportunity to fall in love with them all over again.

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ARAB STRAP The Last Romance (2005 UK 10-track CD album - Their first studio release in over 2 years and clocking in at just over 35 minutes this is shorter than previous Arab Strap outings and with songs like Dream Sequence Speed:Date and There Is No Ending were confronted with a more buoyant upbeat and driven Arab Strap than weve heard in quite some time. While retaining their knack for vivid and eloquent storytelling The Last Romance barrells out of the speakers with an assured urgency ? engagingly melodic and in some cases floor-fillingly danceable)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent and Catchy! 25 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a more accessible album from the Falkirk boys than their last couple of (sometimes patchy) efforts. "Stink", with it's lilting chorus describing tales of sex and smelly flats after heavy nights. Aidens warped poetry and Malcolms delicate acoustic guitar are backed by cello on "Confessions of a Big Brother", while elsewhere "(If There's) No Hope For Us" and Speed-date are more up-tempo affairs. Current single "Dream Sequence" has more relationship scrutiny and features a catchy piano hook. Superb album closer, "There Is No Ending" is ultra-topical, mentioning everything from passive smoking to bird flu in one terrific rant! Overall, a well-paced work, which is both layered and infectious, and probably the best album they've made to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars new beginnings.... 18 Dec 2005
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i love the understated, and as such, my first response to this effort was less than positive. this is a different arab strap to that of the past, a more immediate, uptempo 'Strap with something to prove. Yes, there are quieter moments, but they're rare, desiged to fill the space between the melodious and the loud. for arab strap, post rock is dead. let it grow, though, and there's a minor miracle to behold. the lyrics are as prescient as ever, but the songs do indeed resonate it, albeit in a different way. it took a while, but i might just be coming round to aidan's way of thinking. arab strap needed a jet of cold air, and maybe this is just it.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where we left our love 2 Feb 2007
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When I kissed what was to become my first long term girlfriend, on the floor of my friend's house party to the sound of Here We Go/Trippy on repeat, I could have never known that nearly ten year later Arab Strap would be one of my favorite bands, but I guess the signs were all there. I kind of forgot about them after the disappointing Elephant Shoe (great title though). Then I was in HMV one February afternoon in 06 and spotted this CD - and I wasn't disappointed. Probably their best album since Philiphobia and easily their most accessible to new fans. The lyrics and music are so focused and tighly intune, still funny; still sad, bitter, resigned, and now, in turns, loving.

The Strap seem to be coming round to the idea that they might be able to settle down and breed. Racing through tracks like they simply have to get this out of their system (the whole album clocks in a punk 30ish minutes). Standout tracks are 'Stink', 'If There's No Hope Left For Us', 'Confessions of a Big Brother' and 'There is No Ending' the latter of which contains a fanstic end rant which we can all salute with a beer in our hands.

And then they were gone.

For me this was the best album of 2006... closely followed by Ten Years of Tears. Buy them both!
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