A Brighter Beat (album)

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A Brighter Beat
Studio album by Malcolm Middleton
Released 25 February 2007
Recorded Castle of Doom Studio
Glasgow, Scotland
Genre Indie rock
Label Full Time Hobby
Producer Tony Doogan
Malcolm Middleton chronology
Into The Woods
(2005)Into The Woods2005
A Brighter Beat
Sleight of Heart
(2008)Sleight of Heart2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Mojo 4/5 stars March 2007, p.98
The Observer 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) link
Q 4/5 stars March 2007, p.115
The Scotsman 5/5 stars link
The Times 5/5 stars link
NME (7/10) link

A Brighter Beat is the third studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter, Malcolm Middleton, released on 25 February 2007 on Full Time Hobby. The album is the first Middleton solo release since Arab Strap's split in 2006.


In 2006, after Arab Strap had split up after ten years together, Malcolm signed to Full Time Hobby and recorded A Brighter Beat. Malcolm has commented on the album, saying

If I was forced to describe it, which I am, I'd probably say it was a pop album for people who hate pop music. Or maybe I'd describe it as love songs for depressed people who find it hard leaving the house sometimes and worry too much about dying and the consequences of their daily actions and thoughts to be able to enjoy life fully.[1]

The album cover is a photograph by Scottish artist David Shrigley[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Malcolm Middleton.

No. Title Length
1. "We're All Going To Die" 2:49
2. "Fight Like The Night" 3:39
3. "A Brighter Beat" 2:55
4. "Death Love Depression Love Death" 4:44
5. "Fuck It, I Love You" 3:48
6. "Stay Close Sit Tight" 4:35
7. "Four Cigarettes" 4:49
8. "Somebody Loves You" 4:48
9. "Up Late at Night Again" 5:35
10. "Superhero Songwriters" 6:58
  • "A Brighter Beat", "Fuck It, I Love You", "Fight Like The Night" and "We're All Going To Die" were released as singles.


  • Malcolm Middleton – guitar, bass guitar, vocals
  • Barry Burns – piano
  • Jenny Reeve – violin, vocals
  • Paul Savage – drums
  • Mick Cooke – brass
  • Tony Doogan – producer

Release history[edit]

A Brighter Beat was released in various countries in 2007.

Country Release date Record label Format Catalogue number
United Kingdom 25 February 2007 Full Time Hobby LP FTH033
United Kingdom 25 February 2007 Full Time Hobby CD FTH033CD


  1. ^ Official Malcolm Middleton Website
  2. ^ "www.faceculture.tv". Faceculture.tv. Retrieved 2012-02-08.