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Since I’m not smart enough to review albums, I’m going to leave album notes on the blog. These are more selling points to albums that I think deserve some recognition. The first album I’m writing notes on is Frightened Rabbit’s “The Winter of Mixed Drinks.”

I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that this is my favorite album so far in 2010. I loved their 2008 “Midnight Organ Fight.” WMD (that’s kind of funny) comes across bigger than MOF. Usually that’s a big turn off to me when bands take a smaller sound and try to grow it out to fit arenas (I’m looking at you Kings of Leon), but for some reason, it works here. Maybe it’s the Scottish draw. Maybe it’s the lack of gratuitous f-bombs that were laced throughout MOF. Whatever it is, it works.

The lead single, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” is a song about trying to get away from everything. FR tend to write sad songs, and this one falls under the mopey sadness from prior records. The big difference is this track has a little more jangle and hopefulness than before. Which is good. Since Scott Hutchinson has a depressing voice in general, they have to fight a little harder to have some uplifting music.

The standout track, in my opinion, is “Nothing Like You.” I was not surprised when I read an interview with Hutchinson where he said the chorus was a leftover from MOF. This makes sense since it sounds like a breakup song. I really like the chorus “She was not the cure for cancer.” I have no idea why, it just grabbed me. The song’s tempo is really pushed hard, but sounds natural. Something I hate is when there’s an unnatural sounding tempo. But this fits perfectly.

Critics will hate this album. Too polished, not personal enough, not as good as MOF. But whatever, it sounds good, and that’s the most important thing to me.

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