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Here We Stand

The Fratellis

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There's something uniquely British about The Fratellis’ sound — perhaps it’s the soccer-anthem swagger that seems to inflate many of their songs, or maybe it’s the pub-flavored piano and wild, Pogues-style energy running throughout — and it certainly adds to their charm. (There is also an occasional Beatles-esque sound to the vocals of Jon Fratelli, especially when backed by drummer Mince Fratelli.) The opening track, “My Friend John,” opens with galloping bongos (!) that segue into ferocious, spaghetti-western guitars — whose genius idea was that? The song feels like jumping on a young, unbroken pony, and it ends too soon (check out a track by fellow Glaswegians, Sons and Daughters, called “Johnny Cash” for a similar ride). First single, “Mistress Mabel,” along with “A Heady Tale” and the gritty “Tell Me A Lie,” are boisterous and bawdy fun, while “Baby Doll” and “Lupe Brown” celebrate the Merseybeat sound. Album closer “Milk & Honey” is a wonderful surprise, morphing into an all-out rocker half way through, and the bonus track here, “Jesus Stole My Baby” is from the UK release of the album, and we’re lucky to have it; it’s one of the strongest tracks.

Customer Reviews

Where are the Fratellis??

I have been a huge fan of the Fratellis, and have played CM practically a million times on my ipod, so I was expecting great things from their second release. When I heard Mistress Mabel a couple weeks ago, I was nervous that the spark that the Fratellis had on CM was gone, but I brushed it off, hoping that the full album would be better than the single. I was wrong. Gone are the la la la's, the catchy riffs, the head-bobbing anthems that made us all love the Fratellis so much. Now they sound generic, predictable, like every other band out there. I miss the Fratellis!!!!

Here They Stand

The Fratelis are back with another belter. They have matured a lot since Costello Music, and their choice to produce the album themselves just makes it that much better. The songs on this album are a lot heavier than previous releases, but rocks just as hard. They're not quite as zany and rowdy, but they are still immensley fun. I got the album the Sunday before it was released here, and have been listening to it non-stop since then. And now for my track-by-track review: My Friend Jon-10/10 a perfect way to open the album, with an incredibly catchy guitar riff. Jon describes this song as "the most schizophrenic song ever written." The line "and then the big dumb blonde in the goldfish bowl cried 'Ella's in the band but she's got no soul'" made me burst out laughing. "Ella's in the Band" is a classic Fratellis song [only the line is 'Ella's in the band but she's always solo], and I love the reference. A Heady Tale-10/10 This one has a great piano bit and the typically Fratelli lyrics keep running through my head. Shameless-9/10 I wasn't quite sure about this one at first, but it's really grown on me. It's basically about the band being so much older than their competition, and Jon reminding him how much he loves what he does-"it's a shame or a sham; he's half as old as I am", " I'm so sick of hearing how you're love for this has died." Look Out Sunshine!-8/10 Another grower. It's one of the slower, heavier songs on the album. As Jon says, "If Neil Diamond had been in Oasis this is what they might have sounded like." Straggler's Moon-6.5/10 Probably my least favorite off the album. I enjoy the lyrics, but the "girl can't help it" line that is repeated gets on my nerves. Mistress Mabel-9/10 This is the closest Here We Stand gets to Costello Music. It's got great rock piano, and a really catchy melody. It's kind of the Henrietta of this album. Baby Doll-10/10 This is in my top 3 favorites. It's slow and ballad-y, and absolutely beautiful. The first listen, I was simply mesmerized. I see this track as kind of the Whistle for the Choir of this album; it's the ballad that will be everyone's favorite. Tell Me A Lie-9/10 A real rocker, about all the lies Jon used to tell the press. It has the "aaaahaaahaaahaaa" that fans of Costello Music will adore. The lyrics are entertaining- "There's a woman with a mustache looking at me. She was born on a Monday, she's a hundred and four. She's a liar, she's a liar. Give me some more." Acid Jazz Singer-10/10 Another great song. It's a slower one, but one you absolutely won't want to miss. It's one of the songs that just keeps going round in your head, but it's a good thing because it's such a great song. Lupe Brown-8/10 I didn't immediately fall in love with this one, but it's grown a lot on me. It's got a kind of retro sound to it that somehow reminds me of the movie Grease. Milk & Money-8/10 Not what you might expect from The Fratellis, but they really pull it off. It starts off really slow, almost sounding like a lullaby, but about halfway through, the sound becomes a lot heavier, incorporating a great piano part and "aaah aahh ahh" vocals in the background. Jesus Stole My Baby-6.5/10 One of the weakest songs on the album. The vocals are very funny, but the melody doesn't really grab me. "She said that she just wants to save me, said you can't go on the way that you are. She chased all my friends, hurts my brain till it bends, hides my cigaretts and steals my guitar." In conclusion, Here We Stand is a great follow-up to Costello Music. We finally get a taste of the real Fratellis, and it tastes awefully good. I would strongly encourage you to buy the whole album, but if you're braindead and don't, I'm ordering you to buy My Friend Jon, A Heady Tale, Baby Doll, Tell Me A Lie, and Acid Jazz Singer. Your life will not be complete until you do.

Really great and unique, a tad more mellow

First of all, if you have never heard the Fratellis, go listen to samples from their other album first. They are really a great unique band with some of the catchiest rock I have ever heard. Secondly, if you are already a fan of the Fratellis, here is what to expect. Those catchy repeatable musical phrases that we are so used to? Well they are in this album, but they are much more rare than they were in Costello Music. The songs are just as catchy as the first album, even though as a whole they are much more mellow. But the bottom line here is that if you liked Costello Music, then this second album is definitely worth the purchase.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A brashly melodic indie rock outfit from Glasgow, the Fratellis feature vocalist/guitarist Jon Fratelli, drummer Mince Fratelli, and bassist Barry Fratelli. The witty trio played its first show in early 2005, maintaining that the band's moniker was merely an homage to Barry's original surname (however, other rumors suggest that the Fratellis borrowed it from the nemesis family featured in Steven Spielberg's film The Goonies). Such trivia only added to the Fratellis' growing appeal upon their performance...
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