FRIGHT­ENED RAB­BIT Pedes­trian Verse At­lantic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

Widely ac­knowl­edged hith­erto as pur­vey­ors of ver­bose and emo­tion­ally charged songs, Fright­ened Rab­bit are mak­ing some big changes. Their fourth al­bum is their ma­jor la­bel de­but and marks the first time song­writer Scott Hutchi­son has in­volved his band­mates in the cre­ative process. Both points have bear­ing on Pedes­trian Verse. Hutchi­son’s su­perb skill with words re­mains, par­tic­u­larly on State Hospi­tal, with lines such as “Her heart beats like a breeze­block thrown down the stairs”. Yet mu­si­cally the band have gained a sense of con­fi­dence. De­cem­ber’s Tra­di­tions sounds like a rocked-up folk tune, while the groovy, soulflecked The Oil Slick pro­vides a mem­o­rable closer amid the bustling per­cus­sion, ten­der war­bles and an­themic cho­ruses. The re­sult is their most well­rounded and ac­ces­si­ble al­bum. fright­ene­drab­

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