• Record Label: TBD
  • Release Date: May 19, 2009
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It’s Frightening is far from a bloodless copy of a more vivid being; it is, rather, a living, breathing creation, one that is only dubiously theirs.
  2. It’s Frightening isn’t a bad album in its own right. There are certainly worse things than making a record that’s frequently catchy but not terribly exciting.
  3. It’s Frightening is by no means a record which is without merit. I suspect that the production work of Spoon’s Britt Daniel has infused it with more presence than it might otherwise have had. However, that notwithstanding, the album’s lack of anything substantial to get your teeth into proves fatal.
  4. Mojo
    60
    And while White Rabbits' wild Americana and freaked folk makes for a varied and vivid sprawl of sounds, their knack for addictive melody and honed songcraft delivers a beguiling, coherent and memorable whole. [Feb 2010, p. 97]
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    Building a forthright sound on upfront drums, piano and Stephen Patterson's angsty vocals, tracks including Burundi-drumming lead single Percussion gun and the suspenseful groover Right Where They Left are a winning balance of art-indie mope and pop energy. [Feb 2010, p. 113]
  6. Their rhythm section (ooh, two drummers!) is serviceable but generally underwhelming, and song by song the record just falls flat.
  7. More often than not, It's Frightening is caught on middling ground, at once striving to be unpretentious while still hoping to challenge listeners' expectations. The album accomplishes neither, however, as the band's aversion to let sound fall where it may produces little beyond impressions of gloppy heavy-handedness and obtuse haze.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. NicholasS
    May 23, 2009
    9
    Ever since discovering this band's near perfect debut, "Fort Nightly", I couldn't wait for them to finish their much-talked about Ever since discovering this band's near perfect debut, "Fort Nightly", I couldn't wait for them to finish their much-talked about second record, "It's Frightening". Although the record is not perfect, they have focused in on their craft and have found their sound this time. The record is a breath of fresh air in a world where critics are on the edge of the seat waiting for the next Green Day record. Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    Alongside with The Heavy's House that Dirt Built, and Mariachi El Bronx I, this was of the 3 best albums of 2009. A fantastic record thatAlongside with The Heavy's House that Dirt Built, and Mariachi El Bronx I, this was of the 3 best albums of 2009. A fantastic record that I've listened to over and over, many times. Full Review »
  3. DanF.
    May 20, 2009
    8
    It's missing some of the spunk of "Fort Nightly" (which was a 9 for me), but it is nonetheless a great album. "Midnight And I" is my It's missing some of the spunk of "Fort Nightly" (which was a 9 for me), but it is nonetheless a great album. "Midnight And I" is my favourite track. Full Review »