Malcolm Middleton - Into The Woods (Chemikal Underground)
Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, Arab Straps guitarist Malcolm second solo album is a cracking introduction into Glaswegian accents and swearing as you could ever wish for. Full of dry wit, bitter and twisted thoughts, black observation and lots of profanity. Opener Break My Heart has the lines “I’d rather have you than sing these shit songs, I’ll flog my guitar and drink myself to death” sheer brilliance. Somehow don’t think that the upbeat synth number A Happy Medium will be used by the Samaritans with self-deprecating lyrics of “Woke up again today, realised I hate myself, my face is a disease”. Or how about Burst Noel as next years Christmas number one with lyrics “Last year I got knifes for Xmas, stayed at home and no-one missed us, laying on the bathroom floor don’t want to ho-ho-ho no more!” Also including our single of the month for June Loneliness Shines, this would easily have been album of the month had the Editors CD not come out in July...