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Arab Strap - Two Songs From Monday at the Hug and Pint
(05/08/2003)


I recently took a trip to Alabama, and visited the university campus there. On that campus is a store called "The Vinyl Solution," probably one of the best record stores I've ever been to short of Amazon.com, which doesn't count because it's on the Internet. Anyways, I purchased Radiohead's "Kid A" and also recieved several samples, because George (the store owner) is such a nice guy. One of these was Arab Strap's "Two Songs From 'Monday at the Hug and Pint,'" their newest album.

This is a mini-CD with just two songs on it--but I've still fallen in love with the band anyway. This music is absolutely awesome. It sounds a little like a great deal of the current, more mainstream rock that you'd hear on the radio. Wait, don't walk away yet--these guys are British. You know what that means. Generally, if anything is good enough to cross the ocean, it's probably pretty awesome. The situation is no different here. The "musical canvas" that Arab Strap paints is absolutely beautiful. Pain-filled vocals, a guitar that is stretched in the same, aching style, and a perfectly implemented string part makes this some of the most beautiful, angsty music I've ever heard.

Of course, this is only a sample. I have yet to buy the album, because, instead of buying it, I bought Radiohead's "OK Computer" when I happened to stumble across it in the local Wal-Mart. Oh well.

Cool Hand Luke gives Arab Strap's sample mini-CD Two Songs From Monday at the Hug and Pint:

Four cigarettes. Sorry, but a sample is still a sample.

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