The Fratellis
Costello Music



by innerdark USER (34 Reviews)
December 15th, 2006 | 20 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Glasgow boys Churn out a Debut that most established band would kill for

Shettleston, Glasgow is not a nice place at all, with a life expectancy that would rival some third world countries, and a percentage below the poverty line to match, it probably wouldn’t be seen as the most…”ideal” breeding ground for a band poised to take the music scene and shake it up again a’ la Franz Ferdinand circa 2004. What is quite strange however, is that The Fratellis are, in many senses, a one-trick pony, however, whereas for some bands this is a fatal flaw, The Fratellis pull it off with aplomb,

This isn’t down to coincidence either, because the trick is a good one, all of the songs on this CD are guaranteed to get the feet tapping along. It is, on the other hand, slightly formulaic due to that as well, each, bar Whistle for the Choir are build around upbeat or what can only be described as “jingly-jangly” guitar riffs, which are build onto drum beats which have a sort of military procession thing going on. Basically, think of “Welcome to the black parade” from the new My Chemical Romance album, take the snare drum-roll from the start of it and repeat, that’s what the drumbeat usually consists of. But, instead of bringing the album down, when combined with some rather good bass work, it manages to sound perfectly in place.

Where this album really begins to shine however, is in the songwriting and lyrical side of it. With the three members all growing up in Glasgow’s east end, Jon Fratelli creates characters Such as Vince the Lovable Stoner, who is described as “a loner, a lovable stoner” that spelled his name backwards, to Chelsea Daggerwho Jon describes as “She was good, she was hot stealin’ everything she got, I was bold she was over the worst of it”. As well as this, there’s the story of Henrietta a fan who bordered on obsessive who is told in the song that It’s “hard to miss you when you follow us about”. However, lyrically, the high point on the album comes from Whistle for the choir is Jon singing from the perspective of a beggar out on the streets of the East End of Glasgow who meets the girl who could give him the opportunity to fix his life, a simple enough story, but the lyrics read like a slightly skewed fairy-tale. The song also provides the only respite from the jumpy dancy tracks that form the body of the rest of the album with the song being built around a light, quiet acoustic guitar, which makes way for a few basic chords in the chorus.

So, how does this album stack up overall? Well, Jon’s lyrics send this pretty high up straight away. If the rare ability to churn good track after good track out is added to the mix, and we’re looking at an album that’s already pretty high up there, Jon and Barry Fratelli on guitar and bass respectively both put in a sterling performance throughout the album and Mince (real name unknown), puts in a shift on the drums that, although on it’s own, is basic and uninspiring, in the grand scheme of foot-tapping jump-up-and-down music, slots in perfectly, leaving this debut from the Shettleston boys one of, if not the UK album of the year; and definitely one of the best album to com out in the past year.

In Genre: 5/5
Out Of Genre:4.5/5
Overall: 5/5

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Electric City
December 15th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

You did the whole review without one Goonies reference? You get an A!

December 15th 2006


i know what you mean about shettleston, i like live 10 minutes away, the fratellis are alright but they are riding on the current trend of music, the DIY trampy indie style( artic monkeys, the kooks)

December 15th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

my school's about 10, 15 minutes away, which is a lot of fun, a lot of the ned population

December 15th 2006



December 15th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

ZOMG! sarcasm! from Nick! =O

December 15th 2006


Yeah, this really isn't a 5. Alright review though I think with a 5 rating, you should go into a tiny bit more detail but it's your opinion anyway so I shouldn't complain.

December 16th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Not worth a five what so ever, no album released this year has been worth that to be honest

December 16th 2006


i saw them support kasabian, was absolutely EMPIRE!

Electric City
December 16th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

lol Kasabian jokes.

December 16th 2006


I'm sorry, but to the reviewer - in what way did they shake up the indie scene? They sound like all the other current indie bands, and Chelsea dagger just reminds me of the Kaiser Chiefs!

December 17th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Waterloo_Sunset]I'm sorry, but to the reviewer - in what way did they shake up the indie scene? They sound like all the other current indie bands, and Chelsea dagger just reminds me of the Kaiser Chiefs![/quote]

I didn't say they had shaken it up, i said that they were poised to shake it up, something which i stand by.

December 17th 2006


Eh, not a review that stands up to its classic claims, especially for a new release. So far to me I agree with everyone who's saying this sounds like nothing new, just a solid 'indie' release. my real point, however is, watch for grammar stuff. the last sentence in the first paragraph is constructed pretty awkwardly, using way too many conjunctions. There's a lot of rambling in general like that in your review, you gotta try to make individual sentences, and not just write as if it was you talking.

Bassist From
December 20th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

this album kicks ass the only thing i can say about it is that Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy is not as raw sounding as thier demo version

but fuck me sideways this is the album of the Year wooooooooooop

December 26th 2006


i said that they were poised to shake it up

Oh I'm sorry, I'll let you off on a technicality... but if the Fratelli's do not cause a Rock revolution in the next few years I'll be back to smite you! This Message Edited On 12.26.06

January 1st 2007


I really like this album. The first 6 tracks and tracks 8-11 are brilliant. The only average songs here are Doginabag (quite boring) and Got ma Nuts from a Hippy (bland).

May 25th 2007


Hmm. And here I thought Say Anything were the only decent indie band. After I got this cd I pretty much just threw out my Say Anything cd and replaced it with this

July 16th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

It's a pretty album. I like what I've heard of it. And by what I've heard of it, I mean the whole album like twice.

September 12th 2007


I like 4-5 songs

other than that it's meh

October 19th 2011


Flathead is pretty damn catchy

May 29th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

this is so funnnnn

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