State Hospital [EP] - Frightened Rabbit
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    If State Hospital is an indication of things to come, then Frightened Rabbit should have 2013's unremittingly bleak indie rock scene sewn up.
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    61
    While State Hospital lacks for pure visceral pleasure, Hutchison can still convey such a deep, muscular ache in his vocals, indicating that Frightened Rabbit still know their strengths.
  3. 80
    It's a fine build-up to the Selkirk quintet's fourth album, due out early 2013.
  4. Nov 27, 2012
    83
    If these songs are any indication, things will stay as gloriously sad as ever, but gain some sonic strength and polish.
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    These 20 minutes are of a higher quality than many, many bands manage in a whole career.
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    75
    Even if four of these five songs on State Hospital are just castaways not included on the next year's record, this EP still manages to flow just fine on its own.
  7. 70
    Fans will be pleased to find that the maturation evident between 2008′s critically acclaimed LP, The Midnight Organ Fight, and Mixed Drinks has been retained.
  8. Dec 4, 2012
    65
    He conjures females with concrete blood and soldiers in coffins over the priciest anthemic ballast his new major label can buy. [No. 93, p.55]
  9. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    This is an album's cutting room floor yet each song still retains Hutchison's instantly recognisable Scottish drawl, infectious hooks and intelligent lyrics.
  10. Like last year's A Frightened Rabbit EP, State Hospital lacks some coherency in style, but its brevity makes this less of a problem.
  11. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The production sounds more expensive, but all the passion and intimacy of their previous work remains.

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