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Here We Stand

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HERE WE STAND is the much anticipated follow-up to The Fratellis debut COSTELLO MUSIC. Like its predecessor, HERE WE STAND has a great melodic sense and funny heartfelt lyrics, rounded out with excellent production and ear-grabbing vocals. Includes the first single "Mistress Mabel."

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In spite--or perhaps because of--being written off by many critics as a commercial pub-rock outfit, Glaswegian band The Fratellis have managed to procure themselves a fairly prodigious fan base. Their catchy songs, gigantic hooks and good-time lyrics have earned the band an army of fans keen to indulge in a bawdy sing-a-long. If the trend-setting press were tough on the band’s 2006 debut Costello Music though, The Fratelli’s weren’t listening. Here We Stand continues pretty much where that album left off, although it could be argued that a lot of the charm of their first album has disappeared. The clanging rock riffs of songs like "Shameless", "Mistress Mabel" and "Acid Jazz Singer" show the band in typically ribald form, while "Tell Me A Lie" and "A Heady Tale" attempt to revive the big-haired rocker spirit of 70s acts like Slade and Status Quo. Infectious as some of this material is, Here We Stand somehow doesn’t capture the same cocky joie de vivre that made Costello Music so much fun. At the same time, it’s refreshing to hear a band so determined to do their own thing and have a good time--no matter what the critics say.--Danny McKenna
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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B0018TAFRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
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The Fratellis rose quickly to fame in their native UK (they hail from Scotland) with their astounding debut 2006 album "Costello Music", which was released in Spring, 2007 here in the US. That album boosted not 1, not 2, not 3, but an astonishing 6 singles in the UK. I absolutely loved that album, and eagerly picked up the eagerly-awaited new album.

"Here We Stand" (11 tracks, 48 min.) boosts the same energy as the debut album but one thing that immediately is striking is that the songs are much longer than on the debut album (which featured 13 songs in a mere 41 min.). The album starts off with a great "My Friend Jack", followed by "A Heady Tale" (2nd UK single). "Mistress Mabel" (1st UK single) is another highlight. Other highlights for me include the riff-heavy "Tell Me a Lie", and the Green Day-sounding "Lupe Brown". The closer "Milk and Money" sums up the album quite nicely, with a piano intro, then crashing in with guitars.

In all, "Here We Stand" is a nice album, but long story short, it's not as catchy or good, period, as "Costello Music". I saw the Fratellis on their "Costello Music" tour last year at Coachella, and they were outstanding. They will be at the Monolith festival this coming September, which I will be attending, and I can't wait to see how the songs from "Here We Stand" will stand up live.
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It seems The Fratellis have turned into a post brit-pop/indie band since their last album. Costello Music was Fantastic. I gave it 10/10 in all my reviews because it was original, full of energy, and great fun. It made me feel great listening to it. 'Here We Stand' is nothing in comparison. A below average indie album, boring, awful vocals and a lot of the tunes have been nicked from other music I've heard. (So definitely not original). For instance the tune they play in Lupe Brown sounds as if its been copied from the film 'August Rush'. I understand a band should grow, but I don't like the direction they have chosen, or where they are heading. I so wanted to like this album but it comes as a huge disappointment after the success of Costello Music.
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Scottish trio The fratellis follow up their million selling debut "Costello music" with a sleek, less abrasive sophomore disc, "Here we stand". While nothing here quite matches "Whistle for the choir" or "Chelsea dagger" (they seem a wee bit restrained), the lads still put up a great show.

Lead off single "Mistress Mabel" is an Elton John-style piano rocker. It is nice, but I feel there are better songs on the album that could have been selected; the catchy, sunny "Look out sunshine" or the beautiful retro sounding "Babydoll" (jangly guitars and nice harmonies). Also sounding retro is the swinging "Lupe Brown".

"Tell me a lie" is a gritty Blues/Rocker with a buzzing bassline, similar to what Jack and Meg White would do, while "Acid jazz singer" reminds me a wee bit of "Whistle for the choir". The UK edition includes "Jesus stole my baby", a driving rocker with lyrics about his girlfriend abandoning him for religion (I love the harmonica solo). "A heady tale" is a jaunty song with interesting tempo shifts.

Closing is the beautiful piano ballad "Milk and money", gentle and lulling, with an upbeat swinging tempo shift midway through for a lovely guitar/harmony coda. A fitting way to end this fun filled CD.
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The Fratellis' most recent album, "Here We Stand," had much to live up to, given that their first EP "Costello Music" was one of the best alternative albums released in recent years in my opinion. So I wasn't surprised when I sampled "Here We Stand" because obviously they can't all be 5-star-albums. But it is decent, decent enough to not have completely ignored it amongst better recent albums in this genre. I would say if you really loved "Costello Music," it's worth buying "Here We Stand." If you are new to this band, I suggest buying "Costello Music" first.
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Costello Music might be one of my top ten favorite albums of all time. Catchy, infectious, melodic, sarcastic, snot nosed and so much fun--everything you would want from a post punk pop outfit out of Glasgow. I had so looked forward to having another selection from the Fratellis if only to give Costello Music a break in the rotation once in awhile. Unfortunately, this cd is just one big heartbreaking disappointment. I gave it several listens hoping against hope that it would grow on me but my initial impression only became worse with repeated efforts. It sounds like a poor copy of a Kaiser Chiefs record at best at worst it is just another uninspired indy/alt record that will find it's way to the back of my collection to gather dust. What were the boys thinking? Some of the songs might be okay if they would just pick up the tempo a bit . . .but the songs just plod and bore.
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What can I say but each song is as fun as the next. The Fratellis really know how to make music attractive, surprising, intellectual and timeless. I really don't even know the right words to describe how creative and musically successful this is. They know the right mix of rhythm, major and minor with touches of ragtime, blues and more. A Heady Tale is on of my all imd fav songs of theirs, Baby Doll strikes an emotional chord somewhere inside me, as does Milk and Money. I could go on about every song, but Ill just say if you really appreciate music, music for all its ability to make you feel, sing, dance, and wonder how they came up with these great songs, you'll love this CD as well as all their others!
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