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Waxing Gibbous

Malcolm Middleton, Middleton Congregational Church Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B0024QBIRM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Red Travellin' Socks 5:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kiss At The Station 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Carry Me 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Zero 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Don't Want To Sleep Tonight 5:540.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Ballad Of Fuck All 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Made Up Your Mind 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Malcolm Middleton spent a decade in an important band named after a sex toy (Arab Strap, not Steely Dan) and in 2008 released a Christmas song called We're All Going To Die. He's an accomplished and idiosyncratic songwriter who again delivers the goods on Waxing Gibbous.

Once more, Middleton has made a reflective, charming, bleak and funny album with pals from a relaxed Caledonian indie mafia. Former Strap member Jenny Reeve and King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson) provide beautiful vocals, while Barry Burns from apocalyptic post-rockers Mogwai tinkles the ivories.

Waxing Gibbous is a winner from the outset with lead single Red Travellin' Socks, a song which Middleton has described as his Bohemian Rhapsody. Imposing structure aside, it's more akin to a classic Springsteen hit or one of Doves' big-hearted anthems, albeit one doused in Irn-Bru.

Kiss At The Station is another unexpected hit, with its great singalong breakdown that recalls the excellent Jack Penate single Tonight's Today.

Zero meanwhile is in a completely different vein and happily combines rap, organs, a tentative wandering bassline and an interesting blend of real and electronic percussion. It is as refreshing as Paul Hardcastle producing Elbow.

There is still some misery, as evidenced on Don't Want To Sleep Tonight, but this is confined to the song's lyrics. Malcolm sings: 'Everything I do is redundant, everything I see is a lie' and 'I've gone and thrown another day away,' but somehow, the effect is charming rather than depressing.

Waxing Gibbous is an album of songs that deserve the sort of heavy radio rotation and media attention which helped Badly Drawn Boy crossover to mainstream success. It's unlikely that Falkirk chap Middleton really wants or needs the adulation this would bring but after 15 years on the fringes he's certainly earned it. --Lou Thomas

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scottish tales 28 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
More scottish tales from Malcolm Middleton..excellent as usual..great story telling,on par with Nick Cave's tales,although Mr Middleton is more,shall we say,street,than mr Cave.His melody and arrangments are up there with the beat,but it's just the heart warming feel of his albums that make them/it so Aiden Moffet is kicking god,just go straight to Shadows,turn it up and bop round the room....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Music 6 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Saw Mr Middleton live at Mono in Glasgow for the album launch. Got a signed copy there before it was released in the shops, and it is another cracking collection of songs, perfect to listen to whilst sauntering along with you head in the clouds. Red Travellin' Socks is the opener that gets the smile on your face, but is all killer no filler here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middleton's Magic Socks 14 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
If I were to choose one track from Mr Middleton's splendid
new release the opening and uproariously uplifting
'Red Travellin' Socks' would have to be the one.
It makes me grin from ear to ear every time I hear it

The good news, however, does not stop there.

The twelve compositions which comprise 'Waxing Gibbous'
make for a rich and tasty feast from North of the border.

Mr Middleton is a gifted songwriter. He has the ability
to transform images of everyday life into noble epics.

'Carry Me', with its bleak central monologue, is a
particularly vivid and moving example. The chiming
backing vocals are a delightfully realised idea.

Confessional. Fearlessly honest. Unconventional.

'Zero' is another cracker. Complex driving rhythms
deeply rooted in the soil of a Scottish folk heritage.

'Stop Doing Be Good' has pathos aplenty.
Hope and regret mixed up in equal measure.

The simple and very touching 'Made Up Your Mind'
is quite beautiful in its stark simplicity.
This is a man who knows more than a little about love and loss.

Closing track 'Love On The Run' brings the album
to a richly rewarding conclusion.

Musical support is magnificent throughout.
Mr Simpson's drums, Mr Jones' evocative piano
and vocal adornments by Mr Lynch, Mr Anderson
and Ms Reeve deserve especial mention.

Mr Middleton is to be warmly congratulated for his achievement.

Highly Recommended.
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