The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Fratellis: Jesus Stole My Baby
The Fratellis: Here We Stand (Island)

Last year's debut album Costello Music by this rowdy Glaswegian three-piece didn't make it to Elsewhere because, frankly, I didn't rate it as highly as some. I thought it had many of the problems and few of the advantages that attend a debut. But this follow-up is something else.
If Costello Music was firmly in the pop-rock camp with an ear for radio singles then this is more rock-powerpop as they wittily reference in music and lyrics a wide swathe of rock history and swagger their way through songs which stretch and bend, at times sound like they have emerged from a 60s club where the Yardbirds have just unplugged and at other times borrowing from punk and new wave with equal disregard.
What these guys have -- aside from a sense of humour revealed in bizarre but memorable lyrics -- is an innate energy that few others working the field seem to possess.
This is widescreen, polished (maybe too polished for some tastes) rock with wigging out guitar bits, driving drums and an assured, unapologetic sense of how to employ an air-punching chorus.
If you can imagine the Knack as played by Cheap Trick for a Small Faces r'n'b tribute album you are probably in the right region.
Play loud.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Chris Priestley: Unsung Heroes (Ode)

Chris Priestley: Unsung Heroes (Ode)

The firmly held belief here at Elsewhere -- which is a quorum of one, and I have the deciding vote -- is that New Zealand folk music has never been cool or interesting for most of the Sixties... > Read more

The Doubtful Sounds: The Pop Album (doubtfulsounds.com)

The Doubtful Sounds: The Pop Album (doubtfulsounds.com)

On the brief opening track here Doubtful Sounds promise "a pop album you'll want to listen to" and thereafter deliver a sort of early Flying Nun guitar strum'n'jangle which brings to mind... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

PAUL JONES PROFILED: Can sing, can act . . . can do

PAUL JONES PROFILED: Can sing, can act . . . can do

Paul Jones has enjoyed a remarkable career in and – most rewardingly -- out of pop music. After only three and a half years with the Sixties band Manfred Mann, during which he sang... > Read more

Oregon, USA: Night of the Hunters

Oregon, USA: Night of the Hunters

Sonny -- that's what the big bellowing men called him -- runs a restaurant in Klamath Falls, a town in central Oregon halfway between San Francisco and Portland. His place, the Dynasty, boasts... > Read more