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Editors’ Notes

The fourth full-length by Frightened Rabbit is a powerhouse of shambolic style. Boasting a bright, well-balanced, and textured sound, it staggers from quiet moments to catchy indie rock to brief vignettes bookended by full-bodied songs with big choruses. Despite the self-deprecating title, the lyrics are keen and expressive and full of confessions cloaked in imagery, a specialty of singer Scott Hutchinson. Dark moods and foul deeds abound, yet somehow never drag the songs down into a mire of maudlin expression. Instead, we get catharsis, escape, and honest assessments of emotional upheaval delivered in a honeyed Scottish accent. The band’s rich sound includes layers of horns, strings, piano, and organ balanced by booming drums and brittle guitar. Throughout the album, Hutchison freely points out his own faults, both in his character and his art—but listeners may have a hard time finding the latter among these brilliant gems.

Customer Reviews

This is absolutely brilliant

I am a massive fan of Frightened Rabbit and I'm absolutely buzzing over this new album. State Hospital and The Woodpile are incredible tracks. I'm giving this five stars without even hearing the rest of the album. Scott are a Scottish god.

Bereft of All Social Charms

There are good lyrics; there are great lyrics; and there are Scott Hutchinson's lyrics. His lyrics are willfully and emotional honest; a reflection of his shyness in his childhood. Like: "soft and patient to reflect its muse; "hides a coward's heart in a lion's chest", or "swallow the sweet self-loathing". Musically, the band has never been tighter or more experimental. Grand and moody!

A Masterpiece

Incredibly, Frightened Rabbit have managed to evolve and change and yet retain their strengths. This album is as dark and tumultuous as Midnight Organ Flight, catchy as Sing the Greys and as daring as parts of The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Scott Hutchinson's lyrics remain the lynchpin, holding together a variety of influences and sounds and forging them into a powerful album. I tried to pick stand out tracks to list here, but I just couldn't do it. Pedestrian verse works as one coherent piece anyway, and all the songs are varying shades of fantastic. Buy the whole album, you wont be sorry.


Formed: 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing clever but purposefully naïve pop in the manner of the Vaselines, the Twilight Sad, and the Clean, Frightened Rabbit sound a good bit bolder than their moniker would suggest, though it suits their lively but nervous musical personality. Frightened Rabbit was founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2004, when guitarist Scott Hutchison and his brother Grant, a percussionist who -- like his sibling -- prefers to keep his last name a secret, began recording demos of songs they had written. Encouraged...
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