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Boomkat Product Review:
Foulmouthed beat poet Aidan Moffat returns to solo recording, this time not under his Lucky Pierre guise. You'll still find the odd lush orchestral soundscapes here, but the main course is the Ex-Arab Strap frontman's virtuosic expletive-ridden verse. Setting often rather loungey, crackly old vinyl samples against these sex-driven narratives makes for an evocative (if uncomfortable) radiophonic experience, with Moffat's delivery maintaining a startling frankness and intimacy throughout. This album defies convention in formatting terms, to the point where the first track is made up of Moffat imploring us to stop playing the disc and refer instead to the booklet before making it as far as track 2. After reading the enclosed short story, 'Poop', you're then all set to re-embark upon the CD. From here on it functions as a radio play of sorts, short snippets of verse culminating in the ten minute prose reading 'Hilary And Back'. In addition to the primary written and audio content, you'll find yet more on the enhanced portion of the CD, which features a digital lyric booklet, a bonus 5-track EP and a further short story. It all conspires to fashion a universe circulating around dysfunctional sexual identity, far more moving and complex than you might initially be inclined to believe. Once you get past track titles like 'C**t' and 'F**k It' you'll uncover some great writing, all presented via a warm, engaging delivery. A slightly grim, grimy affair, but irrespective of its subject matter, and as with all good art, this is ultimately uplifting and beautiful. Highly recommended.