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Here We Stand [CD]

The Fratellis Audio CD
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The rogues and romantics that inhabit Costello Music by Glasgow's The Fratellis are you and me and everyone we'd fancy to meet for a drink and a dance. It's the sound of handclaps and dropped beer bottle caps. It feels like the sing-a-longs you stumble upon in the back rooms of house parties. It's the chase down hallways of guys and gals looking for each other, ending up with ... Read more in Amazon's The Fratellis Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0017VSCGA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Here We Stand is a baffling album. None of the dozen songs on The Fratellis second album are awful and it's been efficiently produced. But, really, it's hard to see the point. If you must to listen to mainstream/no surprises, guitar rock, there are more thrills with The Enemy, better lyrics (Ruby aside) with Kaiser Chiefs and at least a hint of sexual ambiguity with The Killers. Sadly, this Scottish trio - personable chaps though they can be - don't have any discernible angle. It's forgettable, mid-paced indie filler of the kind you ignore on the radio and that's all.

Take A Heady Tale: It's energetic, if unfortunately reminiscent of Robbie Williams' Let Me Entertain You. But deep down, listeners will know it's only as good a Bluetones b-side, albeit with a slightly less annoying vocal.

Elsewhere Shameless and My Friend John appear to signal an ill-fated attempt at a glam rock revival. But whereas Supergrass very good Diamond Hoo Ha album recently came over all Bowie, this LP channels Mud, Slade, Wizard and Gary Glitter in unedifying fashion.

Lead single, Mistress Mabel, is at least speedy, catchy bar-room ribaldry. It's the only thing here that deserves to have the success of Chelsea Dagger, the single that threatens to be this bands' career high.

A disappointing record whose lyrical banalities, such as: ''you said you was long gone/ I Just laughed and said alright'', on Babydoll, only accentuate the lack of imagination that has gone into making it. --Lou Thomas

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Product Description

The Fratellis
Here We Stand

1. My Friend John 3:02
2. A Heady Tale 4:53
3. Shameless 3:57
4. Look Out Sunshine! 3:53
5. Stragglers Moon 4:31
6. Mistress Mabel 4:28
7. Jesus Stole My Baby 4:24
8. Babydoll 4:42
9. Tell Me A Lie 3:59
10. Acid Jazz Singer 4:22
11. Lupe Brown 5:27
12. Milk And Money 4:44

Format: CD, Album
Label: Island
Vertrieb/Company: Universal Music
Bestell-Nr./Catalog#: 1772498
V/Released: 09/06/2008
Land/Country: UK
Interpret/Artist: Fratellis (The)
Titel/Title: Here We Stand
Genre: Alternative Rock & Pop
EAN/UPC: 602517724983


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standing Tall 9 Jun 2008
By Sparky
Format:Audio CD
It's been a good few weeks for British music with excellent releases from The Pigeon Detectives and The Zutons - can the Fratellis follow suit with their successor to Costello Music?

I heard their recent set on Jools Holland and pretty much loved every new track they performed. This is quite unusual for me because most albums really have to grow on me, but this was instant - so as you can imagine, I had pretty high hopes for this sophomore release.

The three opening tracks are absolutely stonking summer songs, and if A Heady Tale isn't released as a single then I'll eat my metaphorical hat. Look Out Sunshine sounds very 90s, very much like something the Supernaturals would create. Stragglers Moon is probably my least favourite track - luckily the fantastic Mistress Mabel is but a skip-button away. If you've not caught the single yet, do so!

The back straight isn't quite as fine as the first 6 tracks, but still very good nonetheless. Tell Me A Lie is a nice change in style, and sounds heavily influenced by The White Stripes, whilst Babydoll, Acid Jazz Singer & Lupe Brown are all annoyingly catchy tracks that you'll be singing along to in the car for weeks.

Overall, it's probably better than their debut album, the lyrics themselves certainly are. If the Fratellis continue to mature like this, things bode extremely well for album number three - hopefully it'll only be a year away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here they are 28 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Fratellis are one of those Britpop bands exploding with energy and lovable roguishness, and that is basically what their debut album "Costello Music" was full of.

Which brings us to their sophomore offeering: "Here We Stand," an album of explosive laddish energy, late wild nights out on the town, and solid catchy riffs, just like their first one. The Glaswegians don't quite stick to a solid sound in this album, but diddle around with a few new styles and tempos -- there's shreds of alt-rock, blues-rock and hard-rock stuck in their Britpop.

They don't really add anything new to their sound -- it's all still bouncy guitar-laden Britpop -- but they diddle around with some other styles from time to time.

"Have you got a shape?" "Yes." "What shape would you be?"

With that odd little conversation, the band busts out into the rattling drums and rapidly blazing riffs of "My Brother John." It's a wild little song of "Saturday night in the year of the good thief," dumb blondes, wild night scenes, and "My friend John was a serious one/Buttoned up the back and a job half done/Lazy old boy when the good girls turn/His teeth get itchy and his rubber soles burn/When will he ever learn?"

They don't lose their momentum in "A Heady Tale," where the countryish guitars are tempered by a fierce, jangly piano and funny lyrics ("you know cold-blooded women make me sneeze"). And as the album winds on, they acquire a bit of a sunny alt-rock sound -- countryish ballads, breezy swaying rockers, fast-moving Britpop, and burning guitarpop. And they finish it off with the smooth, plaintive "Lupe Brown," and a wash of gentle piano that switches midsong into a smashing cascade of guitars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why change a winning formula? 27 Jun 2008
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With 'Costello Music', The Fratellis gave us an album packed full of fast-paced, sing-a-long indie songs with a slightly hard edge and they've done exactly the same with 'Here We Stand', a high quality collection of instantly likable tunes. 'Costello Music' was always going to be a difficult album to top and, although 'Here We Stand' hasn't bettered their debut, it is certainly able to sit comfortably next to it, like a cheeky little brother.

This album is jam packed full of hard-edged riffs, witty lyrics and good-natured, big choruses. 'My Friend John', 'A Heady Tale' and 'Shameless' are three very catchy, brilliant songs and a great way to start the album; the first track featuring a guitar riff the Arctic Monkeys would be proud of, the second opening with a jaunty piano line - a real knees-up tune, while the last of the opening trio, 'Shameless', continues the theme of upbeat, immediately enjoyable songs.

'Look Out Sunshine!', the forthcoming single, is the 'Whistle For The Choir' of the album and if it isn't a huge summer hit (it is released in August), I would be extremely surprised. 'Straggler's Moon' is a little darker and slightly less immediate, but still a very good song with a quirky, snappy chorus, reminding me a little of Supergrass. The first single, 'Mistress Mabel', is a great tune and is up there with the quality of singles from their debut album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor second place! 14 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I really loved the work that was done on Costello Music, it was light and funky and really a true piece of art, fun and invigorating, "Here we stand" moved on and took the light fun nature with it, a very dissapointing buy, I expected so much more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Fratellis, you'll like this
Not up to Costello Music but still good. Up beat music, great for a long drive.
Published 1 month ago by Ms F
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stand about, just get it
This is a fantastic album, containing many of my fave Fratellis tracks so far. So just go and buy it and thank me later.
Published 3 months ago by Wood Gnome
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have.
Simply a great album with a mixture of sounds you'll love. you won't regret having this one in the car on long journeys!!!
Published 7 months ago by Chris O'Neill
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
Very disappointed with this album, after loving costello music so much i saw this and had to have it, i wish i hadn't wasted my money! Read more
Published 16 months ago by helena
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Costello Music!
I bought this as I have Costello Music and heard one of the songs from this, thinking it would be equally riotous fun as the previous album. However, it's not. Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Pikah
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
The tunes are still there but what happened to the supercharged raw energy that drove the songs on Costello Music to such great heights? Disappointing to say the least. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by M. Sparks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cd
I like many tracks on this cd but one or 2 let it down and i think that the first fratellis album was quite a bit better.
probably good value for money now.
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by WKS
4.0 out of 5 stars New and improved Fratellis
The first album was to these ears short on good song writing - the lyrics may have been witty and interesting but the music was insubstantial and the whole thing came across as... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by A. P. Monblat
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good music
First heard these at a live performance and had not heard of them, now mega stars
Published on 18 July 2009 by Bea
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLD!
This, quite simply, is one of the best albums I have ever heard. Much better than their first effort. I love this album. If you like Indie/rock there is NO excuse not to own it!
Published on 17 July 2009 by K. Cross
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