Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings
Sep 1, 2010Although 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.… Full Review »
StewAug 20, 2008Costello Music was a great album, this one severely disappoints.
RobertG.Jul 5, 2008This 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.… Full Review »