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2007's Best.

"A Brighter Beat" is not only an album, it's more than that. It's a state of mind, it's a manner of life, it's a new way to feel things. Middleton himself said it was what he thought would be a "pop album for the people who don't like pop". He can't be more accurate. You should listen to this on a dark night, when you're feeling something between melancholy and loneliness, because Middleton has never did in the happy feeling songs and particularly not on "A Brighter Beat". Some tracks will get you on a rock and groovy way, like the eponymous title, "We're All Going To Die", but what Middleton's best at is still the saddened, peacefully heartbroken songs like the amazing "F*ck It, I Love You" (God I hate the f*cking censorship, "Fight Like The Night" or my personal best, "Up Late At Night". No song could talk more about devotion and loving going through everything in a modern courtly love kind. None of the songs on this album is bad or less interesting, one day you'll totally into one song, and a week later into another. "Superhero Songwriters" isn't only a fabulous track, it also describes Middleton: he's a superhero songwriter, one of the best and certainly the most underrated. With this album, Middleton proves us that he's a songwriter capable of reaching the little things in life and making songs about them that we'll all relate to. "A Brighter Beat" is, to me, the greatest album of 2007, and I've listened to a lot of albums that year, including a lot of my favorites. Nobody can hear that and feel nothing, nobody.


Born: December 31, 1973 in Falkirk, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In 2003, Malcolm Middleton, the member of Arab Strap regularly credited with "most things musical," released the cumbersomely titled solo album 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine, issued through Chemikal Underground. Two years later, he followed it up with the more focused Into the Woods, put out by the same label. Neither album was a tremendous departure from his work with Aidan Moffat (both lyrically and sonically), though the songwriting was occasionally more self-absorbed, oozing with...
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