Here We Stand

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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32

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  1. Sep 1, 2010
    8
    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 theAlthough 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.
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  2. Stew
    Aug 20, 2008
    5
    Costello Music was a great album, this one severely disappoints.
  3. RobertG.
    Jul 5, 2008
    9
    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.
  4. MichaelC
    Jun 12, 2008
    0
    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.
  5. X.
    Jun 13, 2008
    8
    Generally a good album, but lost a lot of the energy that Costello Music had.
  6. ChrisW
    Jun 12, 2008
    10
    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.
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61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    This stuff certainly satisfies. What it doesn't do is thrill. [13 June 2008, p.70]
  2. Uncut
    60
    Not for everyone, but quite a party. [July 2008, p.94]
  3. Eighteen months touring and producing themselves at home have toughened the bands sound. And broadened it.