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Boomkat Product Review:
Malcolm Middleton is maintaining a fiercely productive work schedule with the release of Waxing Gibbous. Currently offering up albums at a rate of one per year, the ex-Arab Strap man has surely arrived at the peak of his powers with this latest effort. With assistance from contributors like King Creosote and members of Mogwai, Middleton combines his intimate, downbeat lyrical insights with a newfound exuberance, as perfectly embodied by opening track and single 'Red Traveling Socks'. It's the pop song you probably never expected Middleton to be capable of, and if there were any justice in the world (NB: there probably isn't) it'd be blasted out across the maxed-out stadia of the world for years to come. The only things that could possibly hold the song back are Middleton's downtrodden Caledonian brogue and the fact that it's about socks. Other than that, it's a surefire hit. Far more in-keeping with Middleton's conventional form is 'Ballad Of Fuck All', which communicates some of the more familiarly introspective musings Middleton's renowned for, although in this instance he sounds more powerful and emotionally resonant than ever, faintly suggesting Elliott Smith in his combination of buoyant fingerpicking with deeply melancholy lyricism. Recommended.