Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight


4.5
superb

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
September 2nd, 2011 | 92 replies | 9,137 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern leper.

What I like about writing is that I can lay my thoughts out in a line and put them into an order that makes sense and doesn't make me seem irrational. Those million feelings that race through my body every minute can be frozen and inspected and explained in turn. That's the idea anyway. It's interesting to see how new media essentially abandons that idea in favor of reactionary bursts of emotion that won't be remembered in an hour's time and aren't worth remembering anyway. Or worse, the expressing of emotion is relegated to the posting and re-posting of pictures that are scrolled through so fast that not even a fraction of the thousand words they supposedly tell is heard. It is sensory overload that is supposed to be “real,” complicated feelings diluted to pages and pages of sentence-long posts and pictures.

Frightened Rabbit show that there are merits to both. The majority of “My Backwards Walk” is so nurtured, almost to perfection. Such care must have been put into those lyrics. But then comes the line, “You're the shit and I'm knee-deep in it.” It is both clever and stupid as hell. It's not a compliment and yet it's not quite an insult either. It almost certainly just occurred to Scott Hutchison one day. I hated it initially. Eventually I was won over, partly because it's so wonderfully crass but mostly because of the subtle shifts in the vocal melody that make the line seem like something much deeper than it actually is. It shows that Hutchison was aware of how trite some of his lyrics may sound and painstakingly tried to keep them from being presented that way. That subtlety is something Frightened Rabbit have mastered; it runs through the whole record. “Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms” is full of millisecond-long pauses in between words and lines that are held just a little bit longer than expected. The songs sound off in some way but never enough to keep them from being perfect. When Hutchison sings, “I think I'll save suicide for another year” at the climax of “Floating In The Forth,” the music sounds like a Christmas carol. Like the rest of the album, it's predictable but not in a way that you'd expect. It's tweaked and skewed, it tips the scale away from generic and toward unique.

This album has not fostered in me a deeper appreciation for short Tumblr posts and Facebook statuses that say incredibly blunt things in incredibly vague ways. I didn't learn anything from Frightened Rabbit and I don't think I was meant to. Hutchison's lyrics speak to me and I drink in every word but I don't cling to them. But I know that sometimes I can write a few thousand words and still say and mean less than anything written in thirty seconds and posted to a blog. I've only got one leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing things like that. And I'm mostly full of shit, trying to say so much and coming up with so little and hoping that it's enough to merit existence. I guess this album makes me feel a little bit better about that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2011



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i did not know someone else was going to review this today

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2011



15000 Comments


Aight

Jozh
September 2nd 2011



610 Comments


Finally.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2011



49957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On my first listen
Pretty good

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RosaParks
September 2nd 2011



14836 Comments


http://turntable.fm/sputnikmusic
nice review. posd.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 2nd 2011



10195 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hell fuckin yes

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2011



23801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey have you guys heardof this chan character? I heard he's emeritus.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 3rd 2011



23801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review. God I wish I could write half as well as you.

taxidermist
September 3rd 2011



7197 Comments


Someone had just mentioned this record to me a couple of days ago. Forgot who. Anyways, horrible review, will not be listening (jk chan :3).

MO
September 3rd 2011



18441 Comments


Nice review man. Gonna check this out.

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defjaw83
September 3rd 2011



1765 Comments


I love this album. Great review chan

SmurkinGherkin
September 3rd 2011



1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.

someguest
September 3rd 2011



20393 Comments


It's interesting to see how new media essentially abandons that idea in favor of reactionary bursts of emotion that won't be remembered in an hour's time and aren't worth remembering anyway.


sentence of the year

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iFghtffyrdmns
September 3rd 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

chan admits he's ("mostly") full of shit.
what a good day it's going to be.


great review pal, nailed it in that second paragraph.

someguest
September 3rd 2011



20393 Comments


I think most good writers are "full of shit" because it takes a lot of stretching of words to show the simpliest of feelings.

Artuma
September 22nd 2013



12083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best fr

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2013



23801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how in the fuck does this only have one page of comments?...

can we please take a second to talk about how god damn perfect this album is? please?

larrytheslug
September 23rd 2013



1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the knott review has a lil' more love yeah

tommygun
September 23rd 2013



24176 Comments


great record

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tommygun
October 23rd 2013



24176 Comments


hard 5



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