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The Midnight Organ Fight - Frightened Rabbit

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Genre: Folk - Scottish Folk / Artist: Frightened Rabbit / Audio CD released 2008-04-14 at Fatcat

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      23.03.2010 20:07
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        08.09.2008 16:58
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        A decent record for your approval...

        During my time I've reviewed the odd music artist that many of you would never have heard of.....Hell is for Heroes, Wilt, Minus the Bear, Augustana, My Vitriol, Art Brut, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Glitterati, Frank Turner.....well here's another one to add to that list for you to expand your musical horizons - Frightened Rabbit. They're a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, Scotland, which was the brain child of Scott Hutchison in 2003. Today he's also joined on stage by his brother Grant Hutchison (drums, vocals), Andy Monaghan (keyboards, guitar), and Billy Kennedy (guitar, keyboards)

        Their debut album, "Sing The Greys" was released in 2006 and their second helping "The Midnight Organ Fight" was released in April 2008 and has received critical acclaim from many outlets - a host of reviewers; Q, NME, Drowned in Sound; all rating it very highly.

        The album's 14-tracks (which is a pleasant sight to see in the first place seeing as a number of bands will only put 10 tracks on albums these days) deliver a warming sense of emotion from the vocals of Hutchison that dramatically make you listen and take heed.

        It's an album throughout that you can have on in the background whilst your doing other things or one you can listen and drift away to. It's never what you could define as 'loud' but it regularly keeps a quick tempo that makes you want to tap along too. To explain it better, tracks like "Old, Old Fashioned" seem like something Arcade Fire would produce, if there were just four of them!

        They are primarily just love songs, with the 'indie' twist on things...Ironically the song entitled "The Twist" proves this with the chorus - "You twist and whisper the wrong name. I don't care nor do my ears. Twist yourself around me. I need company, I need human heat."

        Then there's songs that, presumably, are a metaphor for something that the listener can work out themselves. Opening track "The Modern Leper" kind of speaks for itself in this instance...what it's meant to mean, I've no idea, but it's one of the best tracks on the album with a just a darker style of lyrics!

        My first experience of the band was the single "Heads Rolls Off" which I first heard on the Colin Murray show on Radio 1 back around April during the time the album was released. Hutchison gravel-like vocals that still echo with emotion kick in at the start of the song; "Jesus is just a Spanish boy's name. How could one man get so much fame by any means?" Even a few months on, it still sounds as fresh and as catchy as when I first heard it. Were I to recommend just one track by them, this would have to be it.

        Other stand out tracks that should be on your "to download" list include "The Modern Leper", "The Twist", and "I Feel Better" with "Floating in the Forth" an extra addition for those who love calming music with a real passion...please note there's the odd swear word in amongst it all so if you're easily offended, cover your ears!

        Obviously, were it 5 stars, I'd like to think more of you would have heard of them, hence why I've just given it 4. There's a couple of purely instrumental tracks in there for starters. Then there's the odd track that never gets going and is just a 'slow number'...but from a purely technical point of view, this may have something to do with the recording. For example, "Keep Yourself Warm" should be a song that gradually bursts into life, but when it does, it seems that everything's just got a bit quieter.

        For a more practical comparison by 'popular music' standards, think something along the lines of Snow Patrol meets Elbow with a Scottish Michael Stipe on vocals.....For a practical comparison with my previous reviews, think something along the lines of Augustana meets Frank Turner.

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Modern Leper
        2 I Feel Better
        3 Good Arms Vs Bad Arms
        4 Fast Blood
        5 Old Old Fashioned
        6 Twist
        7 Bright Pink Bookmark
        8 Heads Roll Off
        9 My Backwards Walk
        10 Keep Yourself Warm
        11 Extrasupervery
        12 Poke
        13 Floating In The Forth
        14 Who'd You Kill Now