Album Review: Frightened Rabbit
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

Frightened Rabbit's fourth studio album is a tapestry of carefully crafted verse and gracefully epic instrumentation, stitched with the shortcoming of humankind and laced with the vulnerabilities of love. The well-established Scottish band has undergone a few changes for Pedestrian Verse: their overall sound is a step up from their first three albums thanks to producer Leo Abrahams (David Byrne, Brian Eno), and their songwriting has taken on a new maturity and focus thanks to their freshly collaborative approach. Lead vocalist Scott Hutchison has previously taken on the songwriting responsibilities, penning break-up gems and cynical anthems that we've loved for nearly a decade, but chose to write the material for the new record with the rest of the band. The result is stunning: instead of a tentative confessional collage, each song comes off as a piercing novella, be it about homelessness, addiction, or songwriting itself.

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