Feb 20th, 2010
The New Frightened Rabbit record is hasty, it’s aggressive, pulsing and feverish. A response to sexual repression, the rhythmic strides, the coarse vocals. It’s a stretch from the sweetly sad ballads of The Midnight Organ Fight, with only a few tracks that could’ve passed with a little less aggression, like ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’. Songs like ‘The Loneliness and the Scream’ encapsulate the aesthetic of this album, noisy and angry, working up an energy into a climax with a chorus of voices. Nothing Like You charges something like their ‘Backwards Walk’ as he says, “there is nothing like someone new, this girl she was nothing like you”. Admittedly I would’ve enjoyed a few more mellow tracks like Good Arms vs. Bad Arms- but this record shows their emotive musical progression, layered, more angst, and ‘more cant live with-cant live without [girls]‘.
Frightened Rabbit- Nothing Like You
Frightened Rabbit- Man (Bag of Sand)