Malcolm Middleton: Waxing Gibbous

~ Monday, 13 July 2009
This is the 5th solo album for Middleton and dare I say... the best. Self produced and featuring contributions from various members of Fife's Fence Collective, Middleton said he did not enjoy making this album, but if that is the case, it doesn't show.

Opener Red Travellin' Socks is quite brilliant. A stomping folk anthem of epic proportions that really gets the heart racing. I really, really love this song. Its energy is also in evidence on Kiss At The Station and Shadows. Both destined to be live favourites.

There are some really beautifully simple acoustic moments on here to. Carry Me and Made Up Your Mind are mellow and melancholy, with the formers use of layered harmonies a stroke of genius.

Just when you are getting comfortable and think you know what this album is all about, you get Zero, sounding like 80's New Order while Box and Knife blurs the boundaries between folk, rock and electronica.

This is a record that is as refreshing as it is comforting and borders on being a masterpiece.

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