2006-02-03 - 11:33 a.m.
And then there's Arab Strap, whose new album is lovelorn and defiant and quite gritty.
The centerpiece for me is a 7-minute epic called "There is No Ending," which features martial drumming and a vaguely Gaelic feeling, like something they'd play over the closing credits of a bio-pic of some Scottish folk hero.
But if mourning and grief is more your thing, you could do a lot worse than Rosanne Cash's latest, Black Cadillac.
There's a surprising lack of ballads here, and lots of neat stuff like the snaky title track, and "Radio Operator," a dark little country-shuffle.
And furthermore, because who couldn’t use a little more Toto in their life:
You supply the night,
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