Album Review: Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Pedestrian Verse’
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Like their indie brethren (The Fratellis, The Vaselines, We Were Promised Jetpacks), Frightened Rabbit have once again proven that you can blend the elements of rock with an earnest brogue and make it accessible to the masses. They’ve recently released their fourth full length, Pedestrian Verse, and it’s a tasty elixir of the better bits and pieces concocted through the years.
Frabbit’s trademark religious musings intertwined with blunt sexual depictions are ever-present on Pedestrian Verse. The tracks are filled with all sorts of lyrical shades of gray – the band certainly has a knack of setting the perfect stage for secret keeping, faith questioning and relationship predicaments. Every self deprecation is met with fatalistic hope, making it a powerfully honest and engaging album.
The harmonies play as a continuation from The Winter of Mixed Drinks and set up an indefinite camp in your head. The beats are instant finger tappers. Scott Hutchison’s melancholic vocals are more imploring than they were on the preceding album, but convey a raw, comfortable feel, much like their earlier stuff. Word on the street is they wrote and practiced this album while on tour.
Speaking of tour, they are headed to Terminal 5 on April 4. Their live gigs are fueled with an infectious passion and energy, and are worth checking out – one of those “you’ll love them even more when you see them live.” If you haven’t heard anything from their latest, check out “The Woodpile,” which they recently performed on Conan.
Come find them now.