The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

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  • Summary: The third studio album for the Scottish indie band produced by Peter Katis is its first with new member Gordon Skene.

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Swim Until You Can t See Land
We salute at the threshold of the North Sea in my mind And a nod to the boredom that drove me here to face the tide and swim (Whoaaaa) I swim... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Frightened Rabbit is mostly content to continue exploring the vein it tapped a couple of years ago. Fans will need to be slightly more patient, but they’ll ultimately be well rewarded.
  2. The Rabbit are a band overdue a breakthrough, and fans of everyone from Arcade Fire to the similarly revamped Maccabees will find much to love here.
  3. Mojo
    Generous handclaps and a beautifully thrumming guitar buoy The Loneliness & The Scream. Living In Coulour, meanwhile, is a statement of intent, chiming pianos and a reeling rhythm pushing things along, typifying an album made by a band happily at the peak of its powers. [mar 2010, p.90]
  4. In the broader context of British alternative music, it cements Frightened Rabbit at the creative peak of the folk-crossover scene.
  5. Those mixed drinks, they can warm you up or weigh you down, as the snow piles up. On this album the band always goes for the former, and that warmth extends out to the listener.
  6. "Midnight Organ Fight" announced with its title that its underlying concern was sex (not getting it, not getting it from who you want, being unfulfilled by it), and the songs on this new album, though more lyrically complex, seem neutered by comparison.
  7. Under The Radar
    The emotional immediacy of a jilted lover has been replaced with a series of tired metaphors, and as a result The Winter Of Mixed Drinks falls significantly short of its predecessor. [Winter 2010, p.82]

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  1. Oct 3, 2010
    Swim Until You Can't See Land isn't a song, it's an anthem, a damn anthem. I got this album feeling a bit skeptical Midnight Organ Fight wasSwim Until You Can't See Land isn't a song, it's an anthem, a damn anthem. I got this album feeling a bit skeptical Midnight Organ Fight was an okay album but got tired at the end, so I didn't really want to get this album, but I did, and I'm glad I did. Such an emotional album. Expand