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Frightened Rabbit is among the most acclaimed bands of the 2000 s, earning wide-ranging critical applause and a fervent international fan following with their emotionally exhilarating melodies and scathingly frank lyricism. The band's 2010's full-length, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (FatCat Records), was met with unanimous acclaim both here and at home. The Guardian's Dave Simpson declared that "(Scott Hutchison's) songwriting is sharp throughout and most of their songs - with themes of escape, freedom and reinvention - have huge impassioned choruses that are made to be shouted from the nearest available mountain...This is the sound of a band upping their game." What's more, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks was selected by NPR listeners as one of their "50 Favorite Albums of 2010. " As moving and triumphant on stage as they are on record, Frightened Rabbit has performed countless headline shows, as well as sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Modest Mouse and Atlantic labelmates Death Cab for Cutie. The band has also won over audiences at a scope of international festivals, including Glastonbury, T In The Park, Oxegen Festival, and Latitude in the UK, Australia's Splendour in the Grass, and our own Lollapalooza and South By SouthWest (SXSW).

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Constant Listener on February 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

It always feels so good to find another great album to listen to. Suddenly life is less lame again and there is something new to look forward to. Especially when it's the kind of album that I can put on repeat and listen to over and over again and each time it starts over, rather than thinking "hmm, what should I listen to next?" I find myself wondering "how soon I can get to the record store to pick up the CD?" As a music junkie with too many songs on his iTunes, this has become the ultimate tribute that my music-pickled mind pays to an album - when the digital copy just doesn't do it and I feel like I've got to take the relationship to the next level. If digital is just friends at school, then a trip to the record store means we're gonna stay up all night and freakin' braid each other's hair.

With PEDESTRIAN VERSES, Scotland's Frightened Rabbit has made the kind of album I want to invite to my slumber party.

It's pop, it's rock, it's indie, it's top 40, it's lyrical Scotch on musical rocks, and because it's that rare combination of an entire collection of songs that holds my attention from start to finish, I'll skip the part where I might prattle on about influences or comparisons, quote and analyze lyrics, or use terms like "reverb-drenched" or "radio-friendly" - I'll skip that part and simply say: buy this album, and see if it can hold your attention too.


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on February 6, 2013
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"You find out that life is just a game of inches" said Al Pacino in a memorable speech in the film "Any Given Sunday". Scott Hutchinson the vocal and song writing driving force of Scotland's finest Frightened Rabbit would recognise the sentiment. The Frabbit's career has been a stately slow burn particularly in the UK. Their debut the "Midnight Organ Fight" remains one of the most precious break up albums ever, but its predecessor 2010's "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" didn't really stamp its full authority, languished in the play offs and the band still await promotion to the premier division.

"Pedestrian Verse" is their fourth album and as the "fingers crossed review" in the Independent smartly puts it "here's hoping they can also Elbow their way into the mainstream" (Boom boom!). The chances of this are very good as "Pedestrian Verse" is an album which shows that Hutchinson's ability to combine soaring passion with often bleak musical lyricism and mix it into powerhouse songs has increased exponentially. Just listen to the brilliant lead single "The Woodpile" a mix of massive swirling guitars and a chorus so huge it obscures the sun, as Hutchinson pleads "Will you come back to my corner?/Spent too long alone tonight/Would you come and Brighten my corner/A Lit torch to the woodpile eye". Do yourself a favour also check out the "supermarket incident" video that goes with this. The album's opener "Acts of man" again is a big anthem but underpinned by almost Roger Waters like cynicism.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Sabala on February 5, 2013
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If you've ever been lucky enough to see Frightened Rabbit live, you know the best part of the concert is the energy. Not just by frontman Scott Hutchison and the rest of the extremely-talented five-piece band, but by the audience. They're transfixed, a mixed group of equal parts young(ish) men & women who have heard their music, obsessed over the lyrics and made a sometimes-lengthy trek to be in the presence of their favorite band. And not only do Frightened Rabbit not disappoint, but they enthrall. With this latest release, Pedestrian Verse, Frightened Rabbit bring back the painfully raw (and hauntingly authentic) lyrics that made Midnight Organ Fight a standard for any breakup on both continents, but also that energy that fans have come to expect in person. It marries the best parts of this group and does so with aplomb. The third word in the first sentence of the first song is a curse word; the sentence continues and immediately draws you into the story that nearly every song explores. These latest songs are sure to perform well in concert, but until you can get to that packed, sweaty venue that sells out within minutes to hear them live, this is a solid substitute to capture your attention, and if history repeats itself, obsession.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat on December 12, 2013
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Where has Frightened Rabbit been all my life? I was only introduced to this Scottish band a few months ago, but they've dominated my playlists since. Initially I was drawn to their more folk-inspired rock of "Winter of Mixed Drinks", but the more I listened to this album, the more the expertly crafted hooks grabbed hold. This is an exceptional rock album and quite possibly my favorite release of 2013 (top 3 for sure)! Also, I highly recommend buying the deluxe version of this album -- Scott's gorgeous, emotional voice on "If You Were Me" is worth the extra dollars on its own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
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I just saw Frightened Rabbit in concert (more on that later). I was really into this band some 4-5 years ago (around the time of "The Midnight Organ Fight"), and then sorta lost track of these guys. After a long break following their 2010 album "The Winter of Mixed Drinks" now comes this new studio album.

"Pedestrian Verse" (12 tracks; 42 min.) kicks off with a seemingly timid "Acts of Men", but then really charges hard with "Backyard Skulls" (2nd UK single). Next comes "Holy", which sounds it could be White Lies instead of Frightened Rabbit (and that's not a complaint). "The Woodpile" (1st UK single) is epic in scope, and jubilant. "Late March, Death March" contains several clever world plays. The second half of the album starts with a 1'30" "Housing (In)" (later on we get an even shorter "Housing (Out)"). Highlights from the second half include "State Hospital" (which sounds like another single in the making), and the contemplative "Nitrous Gas", although the album closer "The Oil Slick" is quite good too. In all, this is a very nice return from the Scottish band.

I saw Frightened Rabbit just this past weekend at the Laneway Festival at the Meadow Brook near Detroit. They played a mid-afternoon 45 min. set in the blazing sun, primarily bringing songs from this album, but with a couple of old nuggets as well (including a delocious "My Backwards Walk" from Midnight Organ Fight). Lead singer Scott Hutchison and his band mates gave it their all, much to the appreciation of the crowd. If you have a chance to see them live, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Pedestrian Verse" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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