The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
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The same year, they released their debut album, Sing the Greys, under their own label, Hits the Fan Records. After numerous positive reviews, Univeral picked up the record for release in both the U.K. and the U.S. Their popularity grew substantially after their sophomore album, The Midnight Organ Flight, hit the shelves in April of 2008 with new member Andy Monaghan on keys and now, two years later, Frightened Rabbit is back with their highly anticipated third album.
Fans of Frightened Rabbit's earlier work will instantly notice the increased polish applied to every track on the album. Where The Midnight Organ Fight excelled in presenting a live feel while still maintaining the clarity of studio recordings, The Winter of Mixed Drinks is mastered to a perfect shine with more reverb and delay added to the mix to perhaps simulate the slightly distant listener feel of their previous two records.
With a sound a bit like Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows singing for Arcade Fire, Frightened Rabbit have released a collection of radio-worthy tunes that are sure to increase their fan base exponentially. There's less direction on the album as a whole compared to their earlier work, but the songs flow well from track to track and each song has an equally catchy hook. The first single, "Swim Until You Can't See Land" is the perfect introduction for listeners new to the band, but there are plenty of other brilliant tracks left as rewards for new and longtime fans alike.Read more ›
Frightened Rabbit's previous album "The Midnight Organ fight" has attracted a fierce loyalty for its stunning songs of passion and heartbreak. It is one of the great British albums of the past decade bar none and showed that this Scottish band alongside other contemporaries like the Twilight Sad are bringing an awesome level of new energy to music north of the border.
The weight of expectation particularly after an album so loved is bound to be sky-high but more than that "TMOF" is a deeply personal record which the listener almost appropriates from the band and its great confessional songwriter Scott Hutchison. Are we therefore inevitably heading for dissapointment?
Hutchinson himself has stated that that the Winter of Mix Drinks is "less obviously personal and brutal than the last record" and I suspect that those looking for the ferocious lyrics combined with the gossamer tenderness of songs like "Poke" or "My Backwards Walk" may be disappointed. The Winter of Mixed Drinks (great title) is a much more expansive rock album; some have even called it a bid for stadium status. Whatever the case it marks a linear progression from "Midnight Organ Fight" into a much bigger sound and a new chapter for the band. This is achieved in this reviewers humble opinion without Frightened Rabbit losing those key characteristics that generate the passionate fan base and the rough edges which make this band such a joy.
The album gets off to a superb start with "Things". Waves of guitar roll out and then Hutchison's vocal kicks in. It is a big song that builds over four minutes into an anthem that will have the lighters waved in the air at festivals and will be superb show opener.Read more ›
One note I gleaned from the reviews was interesting. Some of the original fans expressed dissapointment in this CD in compared to earlier efforts. As mentioned, I also bought Midnight Organ Party. I like that CD, but I like this one more. I also listened to this one first. It's not unlike Arcade Fire (who I like very much). Early fans still like Funeral the best, whereas some others, like me, favor The Suburbs. I tend to look at it that no band or artist should stay completely static. How awful would it be if ones whole catalog sounded the same. In the case of both bands, I like all their work and at times I am in the mood for different works.
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Grabbed this based on recommendations and reviews, and am glad I did. It's been growing quickly on me, sort of a combination of Shiny Toy Guns and Coldplay if that makes sense.Published 8 months ago by artimuxmaximus
Full disclosure, FR is my favourite band but honestly, all bias aside (well, most bias aside), this album deserves all five stars and is, in my opinion, Frightened Rabbit's best... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susie
this album got me through a rough time winter of '10 shout out to 88.7 wxpn for exposing them to me. good time, bad timesPublished 14 months ago by Micah
I haven't enjoyed an album this much for years! just when I thought I might not hear a new song that really said something I could relate to I found this album.Published 20 months ago by Gwendy
This is an excellent collection of songs. Heartbreaking lyrics. Each time you listen to it, it becomes more complex. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Christina
This is a wonderful album whose humor and humanity make sme smile every time I listen to it. Pure Pop for Now People as Nick Lowe once offered a lifetime ago. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by dweeb
The release itself is nice. Not FR's best album, but solid.
This review is more for the vinyl copy in particular. Read more