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The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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With their sophomore outing The Midnight Organ Fight a fixture on 2008's Best Of The Year circuit, a fanbase increasing in both size and devotion, and multiple sold-out tours of ever-larger venues under their belts, Glasgow-based Frightened Rabbit are releasing their third LP to towering expectations. The Winter Of Mixed Drinks a collection of ambitious, moving, and gloriously accomplished songs more than meets this challenge.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Things
  2. Swim Until You Can t See Land
  3. The Loneliness And The Scream
  4. The Wrestle
  5. Skip The Youth
  6. Nothing Like You
  7. Man/Bag Of Sand
  8. Foot Shooter
  9. Not Miserable
  10. Living In Colour
  11. Yes, I Would


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B0031IQ2MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Frightened Rabbit began in 2003 when Scott Hutchinson started performing using the alias. The following year, Scott teamed up with his brother, Grant, in Glasgow, Scotland. The duo gained a great deal of local popularity before Billy Kennedy joined the band in 2006.

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.
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4.5 stars

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.
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I had to buy this on the release date. I've been streaming this album via NPR, for days, almost constantly. There is not enough music with this kind of grandeur, beauty, and gut punch all crafted into urgent pop songs. You listen to this gorgeous misery, and you don't want to just lay on the couch and die -- you want to kick the couch to pieces, throw it in the fireplace, and burn the whole place down.
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I checked out FR after having heard Swim to You Can't See Land on the radio. As I typically do, I sample the CD, read reviews and then go to You Tube to hear the songs. I liked what I heard and bought both this CD and Midnight Organ Party. I absolutely love this CD. There is not a single song that I skip while listening to it (now for about the 50th time since buying it). While Swim drew me in, there are other songs I like perhaps even more, especially Foot Shooter. You will delight in this CD and go looking for 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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