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Pedestrian Verse

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Acts Of Man
Backyard Skulls
The Woodpile
Late March, Death March
December's Traditions
Housing (in)
Dead Now
State Hospital
Nitrous Gas
Housing (out)
The Oil Slick
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:27

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Dan Hyman


Striking equilibrium between earnest and mainstream-sounding bombast
2013 | Label: Canvasback/ATL

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchinson has long led us down a dour path littered with cigarette-burned hearts and suffocated dreams. The singer’s love/hard-breakup/drink heavily/rinse-and-repeat ethos once felt intimate — see 2010′s The Winter of Mixed Drinks — yet on last fall’s State Hospital EP, the first Frightened Rabbit release to follow the Glasgow five-piece signing a major-label deal with Atlantic, such tales of woe were propped up (and rendered sterile) by lavish production. Pedestrian Verse,… read more »

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damn the production


Though the band still exudes heartfelt wisdom wrapped into clever and confident verse, backed by canny musicianship, the producer sunk this effort. Low. Annoying to listen to. I don't want Big Country on x when I buy Frightened Rabbit. Quit the sonic noodling and tricks and can the producer, guys.

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Their best yet...?


I think it may be impossible to pin down one album that can appropriately be called FR's Best Album. However, they show tremendous growth here, from the poignant, harsh lyrics of "Acts of Man" to the ambitious (yet my least favorite) "December's Tradition." And I don't care if some of it sounds radio-friendly as long as they write good shit. And everyone is at their best on this album. It's all a matter of opinion, but if you ever see them perform this stuff live you can tell that despite the bigger sound they don't take themselves too seriously. This is simply another solid album from an excellent band.

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So So Good


@THROWINGTHINGS: You really have a problem. @CHICKENFOOF: Arena-geared?!? pfffff. This album speaks to me just as much as the last two. Matter of fact its better than "Winter of Mixed Drinks." Amazing that Scott can create this without the "breakup" motivation. Don't let those previous reviewer fools fool you, this is a great GREAT album. Everything you want from them is here in this record. I love this CD. It is so rich. So many bands die young after a few good albums. Not happening here. I love Echo & the Bunnymen but c'mon man. These guys write music like they don't even care if they're famous. After listening to this record I can go back & totally sink into "Modern Leper" or "Good Arms" like I never have before. No one should try to recreate their roots, and FR avoids that pitfall gracefully & with an album that stands on its own lacking nothing. 5 STAR *****

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"Used to be?"


You're drunk. This album slays.

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Good but not great. Still well worth having.


Yes, it's not as raw and playful as The Midnight Organ Fight. And there's no "Swim Until You Can't See Land" (still me favorite song of the past 3 years) here. Scott Hutchison probably isn't breaking up with anyone this time, although the relational dysfunction is still here. Lyrically, the pallette is a lot broader here, and the lyrics are as still as good as anything he's done prior. Musically, though, yeah, it's more arena-geared and far less quirky/charming -- think: Echo & the Bunnymen making it big. But when it works it works well: See "Acts of Man," "The Woodpile," "State Hospital" and "The Oil Slick" for evidence -- then stick around for the rest.

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What happened? These guys USED TO BE AMAZING.


So sad. So very sad how much a major label can RUIN a band. Why haven't bands learned to stay away from them? Nothing good comes from major labels, does it? Can't say that I remember anything of note since...since...forever ago. I'm off to listen to "Midnight Organ Fight" again, this time crying for what could have been but now most certainly won't. DOWN WITH WARNER BROS!

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