Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
At first listen, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, the new album from Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, is an all immersing record. Can it stand up under deeper scrutiny, or does it crumble like the debut from their much-buzzed about countrymen Glasvegas?
On the surface many of theses songs whisk you away. The opening track "Things" boasts glorious reverb and echo. Songs like "Skip the Youth" and "Nothing Like You" charge hard. "Foot Shooter" is a nearly all-encompassing sonic experience.
The more and more you listen to the album though, the more those initially endearing elements fade to the background. Once you cut through the initial buzz, you're left staring at songs and songwriting that is pretty thin.
Of course there are numbers that hold up under the pressure. The combination of piano and siren-like sounds combine with a soaring vocal performance to create the almost euphoric "Not Miserable". However, those cuts are too few and far between.
None of the songs on The Winter of Mixed Drinks are bad. Sadly, they just fail to live up to the initial reaction of excitement that they brought.
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