‘Monday At The Hug & Pint’ is curious mix. It has smooth strings, dance beats, bagpipes, and lyrics that are brash urban poetry. The lyrics stand out because they are honest, plainly said and sung in a gravely Scottish drawl that draws you in and won’t let you go. Loosely set around the characters you might find in (the apparently real from the sleave notes) Hug & Pint pub in Glasgow, somewhere you should try and find as Arab Strap appear to be frequent visitors, there are tales of misfits, drunkards and floosies.
As a come down album, or even for those times you are not chemically imbalanced, this is a superbly sculpted piece. Building intensity and inducing calm at will, Aidan and Malcolm set out to take you on a journey. Featuring, amongst others, the sickeningly talented Conor and Mike from Bright Eyes may give you an idea as to the sheer quality that runs in rich veins through this album.
Label : Chemikal Underground
Release Date : 21 April 2003
Website : www.arabstrap.co.uk