14 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

 If there’s anything resembling a post-punk/post-modern/post-whatever cultural subtext to be found on this endlessly infectious debut from Glasgow trio The Fratellis, it might just be this: Rock and roll still hasn’t saved the world and likely never will — but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it. While undeniably fixated on the fab-mad days of early ‘90s Brit pop, the roots of the Frat’s musical heritage are a bit more tangled, drawing on the same boisterous UK music hall singalong traditions that have informed bands from the Kinks to Blur, yet seasoned with a whip-smart wit and shrewdly tempered by enough punk-ska-new wave-gleaned sensibilities — and on “Vince the Lovable Stoner,” even a little faux country twang — to keep it all interesting. The swaggering single “Chelsea Dagger” and its infectious doot-da-do-doot chorus could serve as a template for much of the album, with the band briskly tossing off highlights like the iPod TV spot soundtrack “Flathead,” the brash opener “Henrietta” and skiffle-rhythmed “Creepin’ Up the Backstairs” like some giddy hook machine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

 If there’s anything resembling a post-punk/post-modern/post-whatever cultural subtext to be found on this endlessly infectious debut from Glasgow trio The Fratellis, it might just be this: Rock and roll still hasn’t saved the world and likely never will — but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it. While undeniably fixated on the fab-mad days of early ‘90s Brit pop, the roots of the Frat’s musical heritage are a bit more tangled, drawing on the same boisterous UK music hall singalong traditions that have informed bands from the Kinks to Blur, yet seasoned with a whip-smart wit and shrewdly tempered by enough punk-ska-new wave-gleaned sensibilities — and on “Vince the Lovable Stoner,” even a little faux country twang — to keep it all interesting. The swaggering single “Chelsea Dagger” and its infectious doot-da-do-doot chorus could serve as a template for much of the album, with the band briskly tossing off highlights like the iPod TV spot soundtrack “Flathead,” the brash opener “Henrietta” and skiffle-rhythmed “Creepin’ Up the Backstairs” like some giddy hook machine.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
789 Ratings
789 Ratings
A Dash of Bitters ,

You drive a Bluebird?

If Franz Ferdinand, the Beatles, the Kooks, the Arctic Monkeys, and a prostitute got in a fight, it would sound like the Fratellis. Their sound is fresh, kinky, debauched, and sexy, and it never gets old, even through 14 tracks. The first 4 songs are the best, but just go on and get the whole thing. "Costello Music" is an eyebrow-arching guilty pleasure bursting out of Scotland, and it's about time.

Nasty-ghetto ,

About Damn Time

FINALLY! I've been waiting for this album to drop Stateside for months. For those who haven't heard of them, the Fratellis are arguably the best thing to come out of the UK pop scene in the last 5 years (with the possible exception of Lily Allen), and Costello Music is a perfect showcase for their fun, fresh sound. Though more than a little retro at times, this is truly unique, progressive pop music, mixing throwback melodies, chord progressions and vocal production with modern sensibilities and nonsensical lyrical style. From the innovative anthems ("Flathead", from those iPod ads, the irresistible "For The Girl," and the Franz Ferdinand-esque "Henrietta") to the more low-key and understated gems ("Whistle for the Choir" is a masterpiece, as is "Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night"), every song on Costello Music is special, and almost guaranteed to put a great big grin on your face. With their innumerable hooks and freshly retro style, the Fratellis are a truly remarkable development in an industry full of wannabes and copycats. Buy this album if you're a fan of original and genuinely fun pop/rock.

rugby3419 ,

YES!!!

ten years from now were going to look back and say that the UK saved rock and roll. it seems like every new band coming out in the US today is the same old po-punk emo rip-off outfit we've heard a million times before. But our brothers across the pond have been making up for it with bands that have style, talent, catchy tunes, and a unique sound that's all their own. First it was the libertines, then franz ferdinand, kaiser chiefs, arctic monkeys, dirty pretty things, and now the fratellis. This is a really solid album full of great songs that will be stuck in your head for weeks. buy it now and spread the word.

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