Here We Stand - The Fratellis
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for the Scottish indie rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Throughout, the joyfulness and invention, a marvel of pop craft, make Here We Stand hit the spot.
  2. They've produced a solid second album that is sure to succeed for them as long as they can maintain a good level of exposure.
  3. The Frat pack are back with the impressive, Here We Stand, a confident, storming, guitar-driven rollercoaster of an album with more hooks than the North Sea fishing fleet, all bobbing along on a blitzkreig of overdriven, pop guitars.
  4. 60
    Not for everyone, but quite a party. [July 2008, p.94]
  5. 50
    Here We Stand is tantalizing, but that's all. [July 2008, p.102]
  6. 40
    They’ve buried those strengths deep to make way for a humorless new approach that borrows the turgid bleariness of Oasis (“Living’s much too easy and dying will be some kind of bore”) but misses the Gallaghers’ pomp and glory.
  7. Formula is strictly adhered to, and while pace may differ from one jolly strum-about to the next, the void where there should be a worthwhile tune remains.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ChrisW
    Jun 12, 2008
    An amazing growth from their previous CD. It's not your typical garage Indie Band. Very dynamic and each track can stand on it's own. Some songs are great for Sing-A-Longs in bars, while others are just beautifully written. Could be the underground album of 2008. Expand
  2. RobertG.
    Jul 5, 2008
    This second effort from the band is much better than their first. The critics are slagging it because it's not deep or mind expanding or experimental or whatever. Screw that! It's fun as hell, it's filled with great hooks, it sounds fantastic and -- combined with the band's incredibly high energy -- this adds up to one of the best albums of 2008. Expand
  3. X.
    Jun 13, 2008
    Generally a good album, but lost a lot of the energy that Costello Music had.
  4. Sep 1, 2010
    Although not as amazing as "Costello Music", this album makes its own mark. Rather than being The Fratellis second album, it is more "Here We Stand", The Fratellis latest bite at the fame apple. It has a slightly different sound to the debut abum, with the more kind of laid back and deep acoustic sounds which are summed up by "Baby Doll", one of the highlights of the album. Similar to the Arctic Monkeys first and second abums, the first sets itself more on having a good time. The music is playful, fast, and also something one can dance to. The second albums, however, take a step forward, and try to create the lasting effect of more emotional yet still brilliant sounds. Unlike the Arctic Monkeys though, The Fratellis second album falls short of their debut. But not drastically; like I mentioned before, it is its own album, not just a sequel. It has its highlights, which are so fantastic, that the less amazing (but still extremely good) songs (such as Straggler's Moon and Jesus Stole My Baby) are noticably worse, and this affects the entire album, thus lowering my overall score. The album is a worthwhile buy, as songs like "A Heady Tale", "Look Out Sunshine!", "Mistress Mabel" and "Lupe Brown" are worth hearing, and stand out as songs worthy of an album as great as their first. This album is a great piece of modern indie rock, and is severely underrated.
    8/10. Why? Because, unlike "Costello Music", it has some songs that are less enthralling.
  5. Stew
    Aug 20, 2008
    Costello Music was a great album, this one severely disappoints.
  6. MichaelC
    Jun 12, 2008
    It's as though they decided to rip off the exact sound of the Libertines, but of course its a much much worse interpretation as the Fratellis lack the talent of that superb crew. Expand