Not exactly what it says on the packet, Malcolm Middleton’s latest single A Brighter Beat due out 22nd January 2007 is the first track taken from his third album of the same title.
The upbeat melody complete with folk style guitar, happy steady drums and a nice bit of ivory tinkling manages to uplift this track although the lyrics describe the depressions of being afraid to get out and interact and make the most of life. The words are true to life and thoughtful and delivered subtly and quietly by Middleton, his Scot accent spilling over the track unmistakably. This is serious stuff, Malcolm Middleton isn’t just writing songs for the sake of making a record, his songs are messages. Great music for the thinking person.