Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Following up their critically acclaimed album The Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit return with another worthy effort. What was initially solo work for singer Scott Hutchison, is now a quintet and a finely tuned machine ready to churn out indie rock. After acquiring two band mates, Frightened Rabbit hit the studio and worked up The Winter of Mixed Drinks for show. The album has less pure intensity than previously experienced, but adds more craft and production.

Mixed Drinks comes off as a very epic nautical-feeling album, with rolling waves of guitar sound. Initially it is quite clear that each track has been studied and worked upon for a great while, with an ample amount of care apparent. The endearing Scottish accent of Hutchison to go along with some superb lyrics makes him the standout on the eleven tracks. His sincere wavering and trembling voice comes in heavy doses. Covering themes of loss, confusion, and uneasiness the lyrics leave nothing to hide and that risk wraps up things nicely in a bow.

Tracks like “Nothing Like You” adds fast-paced jumpy guitar chords and upbeat drumming to make lyrics like “She was not the cure for cancer, and all my questions still ask for answers” sound cheerful. Juxtaposing is “Not Miserable” where Hutchison pleads to the listener that all is well. Making it impossible to believe him with lyrics preaching, “The love that I lost, all the shit that came out in the wash, just a pocket of fluff.” These tracks showcase a very clean guitar sound coupling with a prominent and deep piano performance throughout.

Chanting vocals, blooming drums, and piercing guitars all reside below the surface, burrowed beneath the shining layer of lyrics. Uncovering each, piece-by-piece, is akin to collecting each portion of the puzzle. The production so vibrant in this case that it is nearly tangible.

Tunneling, once again, with the Rabbits has struck gold. The crescendos and the valleys make the whole easily relatable. The choruses and instrumentation make it palatable, and the vocal effort makes it complete. The Winter of Mixed Drinks is another addition to what is shaping up to be a formidable catalog for Frightened Rabbit.

Track Listing:
1. Things
2. Swim Until You Can’t See Land
3. The Loneliness and the Scream
4. The Wrestle
5. Skip the Youth
6. Nothing Like You
7. Man/Bag of Sand
8. Foot Shooter
9. Not Miserable
10. Living in Colour
11. Yes, I Would

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks, reviewed by Baer on 2010-03-23T13:15:32-07:00 rating 4.2 out of 5

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