Album of the Week: The Winter of Mixed Drinks - Frightened Rabbit
The third studio release from Scottish Indie rockers Frightened Rabbit is a must. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
What has earned nothing but exceptional reviews, this album has jumped to the top of my list of albums of 2010. Released March 1, this is an album that, come December, you will see on many year end lists, including mine.
The way in which the four members work together on this album shows how they’ve matured as a band. Improving from their last album, they created something memorable here. The use of strings on this album are something else, along with the addition of occasional brass and woodwind instruments, the sound on this album is nothing but pleasing to the ears.
From the very first track Things you gain an understanding of what the album is about. Front-man and lead vocalist Scott Hutchison explained in an interview that the band wanted this album to tell more of a story than their previous two. Hutchison says it is
"about an escape and maybe even a slight breakdown. I have to say, it’s semi-fictional. There’s a protagonist who is possibly male but it doesn’t really describe my life because if I did that it wouldn’t make for an interesting album this time around as I’ve been quite solid and content, thankfully."
On the title of the album,
"I think we’ve all had odd, lonely, fallow periods in life, where you find yourself detached from everything, drifting and lost. That’s what The Winter of Mixed Drinks means to me, but most importantly, it’s the moments of joy afterwards, during recovery, that defines the dark period.”
However you interpret this album, however you follow the story, however you take the message being told… I hope you love this album. I am not saying it will be your favorite of the year. But I have a feeling it will be one that you continue listening to for quite some time. And who knows, maybe it will be at the top of your lists too.
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