Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight


5.0
classic

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
March 7th, 2010 | 90 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "And now we're unrelated and rid of all the shit we hated, but I hate when I feel like this and I never hated you."

If you were to think back to the first listen of your classic albums, what was your initial reaction? Was it conventional and uneventful, difficult to comprehend, or an immediate infatuation? The latter would perfectly describe my experience with Frightened Rabbit’s “The Midnight Organ Fight,” just this past week. The feeling that ensued with my first listen was something that I had not encountered since I heard Third Eye Blind’s debut some twelve years ago. Within the opening seconds of Good Arms vs. Bad Arms, I had come to the realization that this was a special album; and ever since that feeling had consumed me I have never once doubted that “The Midnight Organ Fight” is a classic.

Frightened Rabbit’s “The Midnight Organ Fight” is a narrative of a tormented soul, not only recalling past relationships, but also perfectly depicting the after effects. Scott Hutchinson’s clinically depressed lyricism is the focal point; never ceasing to be brutally honest or losing its intensity from track to track. It would be difficult to discover another album that so consistently delivers such powerful one-liners, in which many of us could relate to at one point or another. “I’m not ready to see you this happy…I’m still in love with you, though I can’t admit it yet,” essentially says all there is to say about Hutchinson’s songwriting. Something is to be said about the magnitude of these poignant lyrics; for they are not only conveyed poetically and convincingly, but have the uncanny ability to relate to the average person. The previously mentioned lines in Good Arms vs. Bad Arms, describe a circumstance that many have dealt with following a breakup. “The Midnight Organ Fight” is not strictly about the inability to let go however, with tracks such as Poke suggesting the very opposite. “Why won’t our love keel over as it chokes on a bone? We can mourn its passing and then bury it in snow.”

The music on the record, while not particularly mind-blowing, is brilliant in such a way that it disguises the inner-despair that is contained in the lyrics. Floating in the Forth is a momentous track that seems to build to something uplifting with its innocent instrumentation and vocal harmonies, but could very well be the record’s darkest moment. “I think I’ll save suicide for another year,” sings Scott Hutchinson; but it is delivered in such a way that the listener could easily miss its sincerity. The same goes for opener The Modern Leper, which proves to be one of the album’s most upbeat tracks.

Even at “The Midnight Organ Fight’s” brightest moments such as I Feel Better, the record is elevated to a point that it only comes crashing back down. Hutchinson hints that he “feels better,” but the remainder of the record’s tracks indicate the very opposite. As soon as the horns and blissful atmosphere of I Feel Better commences, the tear jerking folk vibe of Good Arms vs. Bad Arms enters. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms could very well be one of the most fundamentally sound and perfectly written songs in recent history, for it is a track that truly has everything. Quite possibly the most incredible aspect about “The Midnight Organ Fight,” is that the quality of the songwriting and feel does not take a serious dive following Good Arms vs. Bad Arms. In fact, nearly all of the other tracks appear to be almost equally as staggering.

Frightened Rabbit’s sophomore release “The Midnight Organ Fight,” is quite frankly one of the most captivating and uniformly crafted albums in recent memory. While never trying to be anything more than a heartfelt collection of songs, the lyricism reveals the struggles of a distressed and yet, very relatable man. The record offers instant accessibility, but is the type that contains those hidden gems that are only revealed through careful repeated listens. The feeling in listening to “The Midnight Organ Fight” is nothing short of magnificient, whether it is the infectious Scottish accent of lead singer Scott Hutchinson or the heartwarming sensation of Head Rolls Off. The album manages to be uplifting and disheartening all at the same time, while disclosing some of the most brutally honest lyricism that has graced music. Most of the time, instincts are what point you in the right direction, and in the case of “The Midnight Organ Fight,” this is exactly what happened for me.

Recommended Tracks:
I Feel Better
Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
The Twist
Head Rolls Off
Keep Yourself Warm
Poke
Floating in the Forth



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EVedder27
March 7th 2010


6088 Comments


I was gonna save this for my 75th, but I couldn't wait any longer.

SeaAnemone
March 7th 2010


20304 Comments


agree entirely on GA vs BA... let alone the whole review... very well-done, this is contrib quality. I've ALWAYS wanted to do this but wimped out at the last minute... great to see you taking to some indie music, if you want any more please let me know and I can recommend some.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

DeleriumTrigger
March 7th 2010


416 Comments


Holy toothpaste eating butterflies I need to get this!!!!!!!!!! +1

AnotherBrick1
March 7th 2010


712 Comments


i have been seeing this band everywhere. once again, great review man, hmmm not sure if it sounds like my typical stuff but i will pry d/l it tonight

EVedder27
March 7th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks all.

SeaAnemone, I actually had trouble starting this, I had to keep writing an intro over and over again until I was happy with it.

Brick, this may not be your thing, but I would say its worth a shot if you like anything that is big on songwriting.

bungy
March 7th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

:D.......except how can you not recommend Modern Leper? It's one of the most moving songs I have ever heard. Same with Backwards Walk....guess it's proof of how many amazing songs there are. Nice review.

SeaAnemone
March 7th 2010


20304 Comments


I've seriously gone through liking like every single one of the songs as my favorite... they all have so much potential.

ps getting to see them for free last summer front row = one of my fav concerts ever... yes, I had to brag



bungy
March 7th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well fuck off Eric.



ps fuck off Eric.


SeaAnemone
March 7th 2010


20304 Comments


you have NO IDEA what you just did

bungy
March 7th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I saw We Were Promised Jetpacks in a shack this weekend for 8 bucks. Sort of the same.

What I do?

SeaAnemone
March 7th 2010


20304 Comments


eh idk I forget... what's this jetpack thing?

Jethro42
March 7th 2010


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quote: *While never trying to be anything more than a heartfelt collection of songs, the lyricism reveals the struggles of a distressed and yet, very relatable man

As a francophone I wish I could appreciate the lyrics as much as I enjoy their captivating music. I'll pay more attention now that I know this is so heartfelt.
I gave this a random rating. After few more listens I feel I'm gonna jump in the 5's wagon pretty soon. Pos'd of course.

bungy
March 7th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They're very similar to Frightened Rabbit, but of course not quite as good.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 8th 2010


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fucking bingo. I'm tempted to rewrite my review of this since I wrote it ages ago and it's a bit meh. Album is fucking perfect and one of the most important records ever.

SeaAnemone
March 8th 2010


20304 Comments


idk about one of the most important records ever... really?

Knott-
Emeritus
March 8th 2010


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well not in terms of influence or whatever obviously, I was more talking on a personal level.

tombits
March 8th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Found this pretty repetitive and arduous. "Modern Leper" kept me coming back for a while though.

EDIT: I had this as a four? Wow.

Well, it's definitely a three now.

bungy
March 8th 2010


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good thing you're here to say stuff

AnotherBrick1
March 8th 2010


712 Comments


bungy, vedder, and sea all rated a 5...getting now

natey
March 8th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think the music is mind-blowing

don't forgot nataay



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