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100 The A.V. Club
Hutchison intended “Pedestrian Verse” to be a self-directed warning, but as a title for his band’s latest album, it reads as proudly defiant.
80 Consequence Of Sound
Pedestrian Verse finds Frightened Rabbit doing what every band strives for: truly evolving (here by experimenting with tone, pacing, and subject matter), all while preserving their musical strengths (chiefly, Scott Hutchison’s clever lyrics and thick, deliciously accented vocals). Here, finally, is a Frightened Rabbit for all seasons: warm, buzzy tracks intersect with quieter, calmer numbers, and a few touches of the old acidic sadness, all tied together into a multi-dimensional package.
Whereas the fuzz on 2010's The Winter of Mixed Drinks muddled prodding tracks like "Things," the use of reverb on Pedestrian Verse lends the songs a spontaneous, us-against-the-world urgency.
80 Under The Radar
This seemingly lopsided structure produces the effect of an album within the album, where, like the rings of a tree, you can see a bit of where the band came from and get a taste of the amazing potential of their future. And, by the sound of Pedestrian Verse, Frightened Rabbit's future is very, very bright.
The songwriting is the driving force behind the album, and any reservations about whether or not Frightened Rabbit would transform into radio-friendly M.O.R. are swept away
The album is a little less jittery and a bit more streamlined._______________________________________________________________________________________
More readily apparent than this new emotional maturity is how Frightened Rabbit has really shined up as a band.
________________________________________________________________________60 Pop Matters
It is not about reaching the rafters with sonic layers or sound, but rather to tighten things back up, to find the volatility in—at least in some ways—restraint.