Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Music Review: Frightened Rabbit-Pedestrian Verse

Frightened Rabbit-Pedestrian Verse
Average Score: 79
 [Atlantic/Warner Music]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD

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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.
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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.
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80 Slant Magazine
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.
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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.
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80 AllMusic
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
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77 Paste
The album is a little less jittery and a bit more streamlined.
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76 Pitchfork
More readily apparent than this new emotional maturity is how Frightened Rabbit has really shined up as a band.
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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.
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