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Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse

A review of the album Pedestrian Verse by Frightened Rabbit, released on Atlantic


Anyone who has listened to the Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit has grown accustomed to a certain amount of painful honesty and self-deprecation in their songs. On The Midnight Organ Fight, the 2008 album that brought the band to the public eye, lead-singer and guitarist Scott Hutchinson, in his unmistakable Scottish twang, sings of the inherent frustration and loneliness of sex and relationships. Since then, however, the band have moved past their intimate folky sound, replacing it instead with a much larger, more anthemic one. With their latest release, Pedestrian Verse, the band continue in this direction. The result is a solid rock album, yet with none of the emotional depth and intimacy that first attracted so many listeners. At times, the amplified sound works well. The closing track, “The Oil Slick”, is arguably the strongest, and it is by no means a coincidence that it packs a healthy dose of self-pity. The song opens with a Beck-inspired guitar and bass riff, which builds magnificently into a pulsating and moving chant. At other times, however, the heavy bass and increased reverb combined with a lack of lyrical simplicity result in rather mundane rock songs. “The Woodpile” is a heavy, alternative track that could be found on any Creed album from the late ’90s. To keep up with the bolder sounds on this album, Hutchinson sings less like the feeble and helpless animal from which the band take their name and more like the growling and bombastic Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons. In short, Pedestrian Verse is a strong and confident rock album. Yet those of us who identified so strongly with the intimacy and sincerity of their earlier work may sadly feel lost amongst the sea of noise.

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