By Michael Endelman
August 15, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Into the Woods (Music - Malcolm Middleton)

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The opening line is a big clue — ”You’re gonna break my heart, I know it” — that Scottish singer Malcom Middleton (of mordant rockers Arab Strap) is one dour, cynical fellow with an accent thicker than porridge. This tuneful disc of U.K. mope rock — Into the Woods — isn’t all suffering, however. Middleton’s dark humor, silly puns (”Bear With Me”), and vibrant arrangements bring some sunlight and warmth to his lager-soaked heart.

Into the Woods (Music - Malcolm Middleton)

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