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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: 136,049 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Super career-ender 4 Sep 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
Arab Strap continued their return to form with the Last Romance, which came out in 2005. However it turned out to be their last album. The band continued where they left off with Monday at the Hug and Pint by tightening their sound further, making this album their most concise of all at 10 tracks and only 36 minutes.

It's straight down to business with Stink, which bursts forward with Malcolm Middleton's downbeat guitar riff, over Aidan Moffat's growling tale of a lost weekend. "Burn these sheets that we've just..." spits Moffat, singing with more venom than ever. What sets this apart is that the details listed here are not what they got up to but Moffat's description of the girl he's with: "it's your skin and your breath and your sweat and greasy hair" over Middleton's coruscating guitar. The old romantic's at it again. The barrage of torrid imagery continues "empty cans and makeshift ashtrays everywhere, strangers waking up iin the Monday morning stink." It makes for a powerful opener, the whole thing is over in less than two and a half minutes!

The pace picks up further with (If There's) No Hope For Us which barrels along with thumping drums and driving guitars, probably Arab Strap's fastest song. Moffat dissects a relationship like noone else: "we never used to let just one spare moment go to waste, but now you're hardly here and when you are you're bored and chaste." Later in the track female vocals from Nicola MacLeod provide a counterpoint: "that's me then, I'm all packed, you know I need some time to think" but Moffat answers "you take what you think you'll need I think we both might need a drink.
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