Review. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse


Review. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Out. Monday 4th February 2013 via Atlantic Records.

Come close, dear friend, and help yourself to a seat. I’ll take your coat. Yes, it’s grim outside but the fire’s roaring, the whiskey’s great and Frightened Rabbit have a tale to share.

Set in the stagnant playground of honesty and narrated by five Scottish gentlemen, Pedestrian Verse is a warm, hearty tale, bound with love and captures the far-fetched fantasy of reality.

Pedestrian Verse begins with the slow, settled introduction of Acts Of Man before a flourish of acoustic shimmer sets the pace for the most anticipated of sequels. Grand darkness and a more expansive setting let Frightened Rabbit spin a yarn that confidently pouts under grand construction and is gifted with a watertight plot that flounces around mesmerising beauty.

The hero of their tale is honest, old-fashioned folk music. Sat proudly at the heart of Pedestrian Verse, the acoustic ascensions craft the key points before the sonic cavalry spills out around it. The Woodpile misleads with stripped down verses of harrowing subdue before sudden builds ignite huge choruses of storming swells. Balancing the delicate strum of the unplugged against the maze of electronic decadence, Frightened Rabbit have succeeded in building a record that’s simplicity endears while it’s complex structure absorbs.

Frightened Rabbit’s sound has been growing progressively since Sing The Greys and Pedestrian Verse feels like the natural follow-up to A Winter Of Mixed Drinks. The lyrics of album four, however, have taken an almighty leap forward. Realistic expectations of humanity are delivered with full-bodied Scottish serenity as warming brutality sits alongside stunning odes. Uplifting realism and anthemic unity work together to further trap you within their world.

Pedestrian Verse is an album brimming with bold construction. The instrumental arteries that lead from the heart of folk during Oil Slick provides rich textures that build magnificent assemblies while State Hospital tears down the grand architecture allowing trembling vocal abandon to run rampant with controlled thrashes of emotive wavering.

Frightened Rabbit encapsulate everything that’s wonderful about folk. Honest, encapsulating and passionate, they craft music with a story. This isn’t pop-up book music though. Intelligent narrative allows you to immerse yourself within the stories while careful twists will draw you back for another chapter.
Pedestrian Verse is like a good book that you just can’t put it down.


~ by justdip on 03/02/2013.

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