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Here We Stand - The Fratelli's Second Album
Here We Stand - Fratellis
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Here We Stand - Fratellis
Advantages: Lupe Brown, Look Out Sunshine
Disadvantages: A couple of fillers
After their first album 'Costello Music' achieved phenomenal success in 2006 and spawned an array of hit singles such as "Chelsea Dagger", "Whistle For The Choir" and "Baby Fratelli", the Scottish trio returned in 2008 with their second album 'Here We Stand'. Could they achieve the same success of their first album or were they to suffer the second album curse that so affect so many indie bands.
The 12 track album contains everything you'd expect from a Fratelli's album, guitars, big choruses, melodies and cheeky and often naughty lyrics. However, have they improved from the first album? Here's a track by track review.
"My Friend John" is the opening song on the album, personally it's a bit dissapointing and does not bode well for what the rest of the album sounds like. The opening line "If you were a shape, what shape would you be?" is a kind of 'What the hell?' moment. The verses are somewhat better than the flat and weak chorus. 5/10
"A Heady Tale" - Now this is more like it, classic Fratallis. This is a fast paced catchy pop number. The song makes use of the piano more so than a guitar on this, which makes it stand out I guess. 9/10.
"Shameless" - This is another example of a classic Fratellis track, 'Shameless' has that heavy guitar sound and big chorus. Everything about the song is Fratelli. 8/10.
"Look Out Sunshine!" - Very VERY simmilar to 'Shameless'. Guitar-pop and a fantastic and somewhat anthemic chorus. Be aware that this song does use the rudest word of them all in here though. This is definatily one of my favourite songs on the album. Play this one with the volume turned up! 10/10.
"Stragglers Moon" - A bit of a slower kind of song here, but not really a ballad. The lyrics "And then you're out there digging holes again, six million people can't be wrong" are probably the best part of the song. I don't really know how to describe this song. I do like it and wouldn't call it a filler but it's just THERE. 7/10.
"Mistress Mabel" - This was the first single to be lifted off the album and to me, seems an odd choice and probably why this lead to the album not selling as much as the first one. It's bland, it's not catchy enough and should have been left as an album track. It's sad that this song was picked as a the lead single instead of "Look Out Sunshine" as things may have turned out very differently the other way around 5/10.
"Jesus Stole My Baby" - Another dissapointing song. This song was left off the album in some countries due to the somewhat offending title. It should have been left off the album altogether as it's that bad. Pointless filler 2/10.
"Babydoll" - Things seem to be picking up again, "Babydoll" is a guitar-y mid tempo pop song. Just what the albums needs after the last two dissapointing songs 8/10.
"Tell Me A Lie" - Another one of the weaker tracks on the album. "Tell Me a Lie" is a shouty indie track. There's a story behind it but that still doesn't reel me in. Just a filler 6/10.
"Acid Jazz Singer" - Same kind of song as Babydoll, mid-paced but a beautiful 'flow' about it. The chorus is perfect and is one of the highlights on the album 9/10.
"Lupe Brown" - Who's Lupe Brown? I don't know. But what I do know is that this is the best song on the album. They've waited towards the end of the album to pull this out the bag and i'm impressed. It's mind-blowing and remains an undiscovered gem. I reccomend anybody to check this song out. Perfect pop 10/10.
"Milk and Money" - The closing track is a ballad, but it does go a bit 'wild' towards the end of the song. A good way to close off the album 8/10.
Although not necessarily a bad album, The Fratelli's know how to write a fantastic song (Look Out Sunshine, Lupe Brown), however, some of the other songs let down the album (Jesus Stole My Baby) and even then the songs are not really that bad, it's just my personal opinion as I prefer the songs that have heavy guitars and a whopping melody. It's a shame the album was dominated by a poor choice for lead single as many people were put off buying it based on hearing Mistress Mabel. However, there are many better songs on there so I would reccomend this album for sure.
Summary: Some cracking songs on here, not a bad effort