Ken Tucker
September 11, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Boy With the Arab Strap

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Matador
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

Why is this publicity-shy Scottish semi-band (led by singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch) better than so many other clever, melodic lo-fi acts? Lack of irony and abundance of creativity: on The Boy With the Arab Strap Murdoch can apparently make a witty yet heartfelt song out of anything that crosses his mind, from a dirty dream (”Dirty Dream Number 2”) to turning down a record executive’s invitation to dinner (”Seymour Stein”). A-

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