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  • Audio CD (April 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TBD Records
  • ASIN: B00261E0U2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the second full length album from the Alt-Rock sextet. The White Rabbits refer to their music as "Honky Tonk Calypso," and their cheerful blend of Calypso, Reggae and Ska rhythms, plus secondhand music hall influences and big pop hooks, strongly recalls vintage Madness circa "Our House" and the moodier, more experimental side of the Specials and Fun Boy Three, via Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.

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I loved every minute of it.
Michael Goodson
Their excellent debut, "Fort Nightly", got some critical acclaim but otherwise little attention - maybe this new album will earn a better and more deserving fate.
B. Niedt
There's plenty of good tunes here.
T. A. Daniel

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Mack on May 27, 2009
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I heard White Rabbits' first LP, "Fort Nightly", a few months after it came out, it was a mostly enjoyable album for me. A good indie rock album with a few tracks that begged to be placed on mixtapes due to some excellent, memorable vocals. It had some forgettable moments, but was never bad. I was expecting new producer Britt Daniel (better known as the Spoon front man) to flesh out these memorable vocal moments even more for "It's Frightening", but he actually had the opposite effect.

"It's Frightening" starts out with a bang on "Percussion Gun." The dual-drum attack drives the song from the start and never lets up and includes the classic line: "Where do you get off, and how can I get there too?" "Rudie Fails" sounds like a less-aggressive Ted Leo rocker, including his penchant for repetition as "I don't care at all" is sung a dozen or so times to end the song, these songs make up a very nice one-two punch to open the album.

From there, the album flows along at a steady pace, always letting the music steer, never allowing the vocals to explode into an instantly memorable chorus like they did multiple times on "Fort Nightly." "The Salesman" is my personal favorite in the middle stretch of the album, followed closely by "Right Where They Left". "The Lady Vanishes" and "Leave it at the Door" provide a mellow double-outro to the album, both are enjoyable tracks but the two together do feel like an extended outro, perhaps a slightly different track ordering would have increased their individual impact.

There are two major things that have come to my attention after repeated listens to "It's Frightening." The first is that they really seem intent on not allowing the vocals, which were the true highlights of their last album, to overshadow the music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on June 3, 2009
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Damn that "Percussion Gun"! It's easily the catchiest song I've heard so far this year, and after the band's killer performance on Letterman the day before the album's release, this song has cemented itself into my brain. What a great way to open an album - with a pounding duet of tribal drumming. The whole set is propelled by standout percussion and piano, tempered with fine emotive vocals and harmony, and smart songwriting. Britt Daniel produced this, and his fingerprints are all over it, which is fine with this Spoon fan. There are definitely some similarities between the two bands; you might also be reminded a bit of Modest Mouse. Their excellent debut, "Fort Nightly", got some critical acclaim but otherwise little attention - maybe this new album will earn a better and more deserving fate. (I wonder if the title is a swipe at the similarly-named Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.) Besides the aforementioned lead track, listen to "Rudie Falls", "They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong", and "The Lady Vanishes". This is an early candidate for one of the best albums of the year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Horsegal JPJ on March 26, 2010
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I heard Percussion Gun on pandora and thought, well this song definitely says Buy Me. All it took was the Amazon samples and Britt Daniel's name and I had to buy the whole album. Excellent decision, I love every song. White Rabbits make such spirited, interesting music that I'm wondering: Why is the perfectly decent but rather blah Vampire Weekend so damn hot while the much superior White Rabbits are not?? Their other album, Fort Nightly, is just as good as this one.
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By Corey Hagemann on August 27, 2009
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It is a bit derivative of Spoon, but I think a lot of that comes from the production nametag. I first experienced them opening for The Walkmen, and that alone made me compare them more to that band. This is an improvement on their debut, and the only reason it did not get five stars is due to the fact that they sound so much better live, and still cannot seem to get the energy of their shows into a more polished form. The songs are written well, and is a bit more focused, which may be due to more maturity in songwriting or may be because of Brit's presense. I'd call it a top ten album in a very competitive year.
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By Alejandro on October 24, 2009
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I thought they could have been more original with the band's name. Loved the "percussion gun" song, so I bought the album. Positive surprise, these guys have really made a fantastic masterpiece. Stylish sound, good lyrics, awesome songs. You may feel the influence of Spoon, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead ... and still it sounds pretty original. And the band's name doesen't really matter to me now ... In a time where "alt indie" is so shifted towards soft folk ballads and lack of originality, White Rabbits have made it with an outstanding album. Great job!
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By dreamover on May 28, 2009
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Ever since discovering this band's near perfect debut, "Fort Nightly", I couldn't wait for them to finish their much-talked about second record, "It's Frightening". Although the record is not perfect, they have focused in on their craft and have found their sound this time. The record is a breath of fresh air in a world where critics are on the edge of the seat waiting for the next Green Day record.

Also, make sure to see this band live on tour this summer. You won't fully appreciate this album until you do.
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By Eric Anderson on January 1, 2010
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Scrolling through dozens of $5 cd options options on Amazon I listened to clips of these tracks and took a chance. Very glad that I did - very interesting, somewhat raw (with great mixing & production) - just enough of everything - piano, guitar, percussion - great songs and vocals/harmonies. Well done! Hard to really compare these guys to anything because it's very original stuff.
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