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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B000ZOSMXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Modern Leper
2. I Feel Better
3. Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
4. Fast Blood
5. Old Old Fashioned
6. The Twist
7. Bright Pink Bookmark
8. Head Rolls Off
9. My Backwards Walk
10. Keep Yourself Warm
11. Extrasupervery
12. Poke
13. Floating In The Forth
14. Who'd You Kill Now?

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They call themselves Frightened Rabbit, but there's nothing shy or timid about this Glasgow trio. On The Midnight Organ Fight, singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison says what he thinks--what he feels--and he doesn't hold anything back. That doesn't make the follow-up to 2006's Sings the Greys a difficult or painful listen. It's cathartic. In "The Modern Leper," Hutchison laments that "a cripple walks among all you tired human beings," while in "Good Arms vs Bad Arms," he admits that "I might not want you back, but I want to kill him." For all the unvarnished honesty, a cautious optimism shines through, particularly on the ebullient "Old Old Fashioned," within which he suggests, "We can get old, old fashioned just like they did in '43!" Aside from their keen melodic sense, the musicians alternate between acoustic strumming and electric thrumming; fast songs and leisurely ones, like the Simon and Garfunkel-ish "Poke.” Though the Glaswegians have their own thing going on, they still bring a few other acts to mind, particularly the Shins, Arab Strap, and indie-era Snow Patrol. Followers of those more established entities will find an equally appealing, if pricklier sensibility at play throughout this Fight. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

This is the first album in along time that made me stop and listen to what they were singing.
Paul Endicott
My Top Three Favorite Albums of the Last Few Years Include Frightened Rabbits "The Midnight Organ Fight." Perfect Soundtrack to Live To.
Zachary Buckelew
This self-loathing characterizes the lyrics throughout the album, as Hutchison deals with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and desperation.
J. Fahey

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Fahey on April 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a difference two years can make.

Frightened Rabbit's debut, Sing the Greys, was an unassuming burst of jangly, emotional indie rock. It was a pleasant, if unfocused, album, but with The Midnight Organ Fight, the band has taken a huge leap forward, refining their sound and showing remarkable growth in their songwriting. The band has smoothed over some of the rough edges, but by tightening things up, their songs have become much more effective.

The album opens with its best song, "The Modern Leper," in which the acoustic strumming builds in intensity, supporting singer Scott Hutchison's pained, defeated lyrics as he questions how someone could ever "love a modern leper on his last leg." This self-loathing characterizes the lyrics throughout the album, as Hutchison deals with feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and desperation. Lyrically, it's a sad and sometimes dark album, but it's also about a person who, upon reaching his lowest point, is slowly trying to pick up the pieces and find a way to move forward, even if he doubts his ability to do so. It's hard not to be drawn in by Hutchison's warm, quivering vocals. Even on the album's loudest, most energetic tracks, his voice underscores every emotion, as it sounds perpetually on the verge of cracking.

But what the band shows above all else is that they know how to write a pop song. Their melodies and subtley catchy choruses make this a highly accessible album, filled with small-scale anthems that could find a mainstream audience if given the proper chance.

This is one of the finest indie-pop albums of the year.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stewart on May 28, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
I just finished listening to this for the second time in a row, and I am going to play it again. Passionate, heartbreaking lyrics, driving walls of percussion and guitar. Really damn good. And his Scottish accent makes the songs sound even more bloody, like the wounds are still raw.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So far Frightened Rabbit's THE MIDNIGHT ORGAN FLIGHT has been my favorite new album of 2008. I fell in love with this from the very first track of this melodic, but hard driving album. What amazes me on repeated listenings is the sheer number of really great songs. But even the lesser songs have grown on me with repeated listenings.

Their name definitely belies their music, which is bold, assured, and confident. If you just listen to the music, it is difficult to figure out how many people are in the band, but thanks to multi-tracking they are manage to make this many sounds despite being a trio. If you go to Youtube and check out their videos they play the same songs on the album with much simpler arrangements, usually just guitar, bass, and drums. On the CD, the songs are dominated by the outstanding vocal work of guitarist Scott Hutchison, whose brother Grant is the drummer for the band. Live, they seem often to go to a Sleater-Kinney like two guitar/no bass arrangement.

The first time I listened to the album my favorite song was "Modern Leper," which leads off the album. On repeated listenings it was surpassed by cuts like "Feel Better" and the rousing "Fast Blood." I also loved the tough moral lessons sung in "Keep Yourself Warm." But really, after a dozen or so listenings I can listen randomly to any cut on the disc and experience nothing but delight.

I can't recommend this album strongly enough. Though they are a Glasgow band, they aren't very much like Belle and Sebastian or Camera Obscura, though they possess a lot of the same musicality that drives both of those bands. I can't imagine anyone who loves Indie Rock not being completely blown away by this album. This should make a lot of end of the year Top Albums lists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rampant Reader on June 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I happened across this band after hearing "Old, Old Fashioned" on the radio as I was flipping stations. That song caught my ear and had me tapping away to it. Its one of those tunes that sticks in your head long after hearing it, so I looked it up. I hadn't heard of these guys before, but I took a chance, bought the cd and I'm glad I did. It's great. Real stuff, not studio crap. It's a cd I'll play anytime, hanging with friends, chillin by myself, driving around, whatever. Old fashioned is a good way to describe the style of music - good songwriting, songs us regular joes can relate to, fun to listen to, some curse words, but just honest stuff. Talented rabbits they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Czarniecki on June 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
just listen to a song or two... The Modern Leper... or Keep Yourself Warm... something about the yearning, painful, yet maybe hopeful delivery of Scott Hutchison's vocals just give me goosebumps... i've realized that his voice reminds me of Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows, except that I can't stand the Counting Crows... and I can't get enough of this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on January 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Frightened Rabbit blasted through the Bowery Ballroom last freezing Saturday night in NYC, three electric guitars, drums, a little acoustic here and there. This is a band still peaking (you wonder what comes next after The Midnight Organ Fight), but already confident enough of its power that it can bury perhaps its best-known song, Heads Roll Off, deep in the middle of the set. In Frightened Rabbit's world, romance doesn't go very well but -- as The Twist suggests -- maybe that doesn't matter so much as long as the dance is fast enough and close enough to spark some human heat, to lift dresses to show a little thigh, to get hot enough to have hair stick to foreheads, and who cares about right names? This is a CD filled with soaring music and rueful, sometimes longing, sometimes bitter lyrics -- The Twist; Backwards Walk; Heads Roll Off; The Modern Leper; Old, Old Fashioned; Poke; Keep Yourself Warm. They need to move away from filler songs of less than two minutes (3 here, 3 on their first CD), but apart from that, Frightened Rabbit deserves every bit of the success they are now reaping.
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