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Costello Music
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2007
From playing their first gig in 2005 to chart success in 2006 The Fratellis have come a long way in a short space of time. And that reason is Costello Music.

Costello Music has such an electic mix of upbeat songs that you will leaving you humming their tunes hours after you've listened to the album. Perhaps going as far back to the Seahorses' 1997 album Do It Yourself, has an album been so upbeat with rich guitar rifts and lyrics that have no need to try and be cool, with Fa la la's littering tracks, Jon, Barry and Mince have bucked the trend of neo punk bands and given us music straight from the gut.

Every track on this album is a feel good track. Unlike most other new artists The Fratellis have decided not to record an album in one genre, even though you'd have to stick it in the Indie section of the record store. Instead they have gone with music they like and what makes them feel good.

The Fratellis influences have been well noted including the Clash and Terrorvision, which you can spot in Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night, but there's definitely other influences you can spot, namely in the track Doginabag there's shades of John Squire's guitar rifts from The Stone Roses and some 70's glam rock ala T-Rex in the track Baby Fratelli.

The whole album doesn't flow in the traditional sense. Normally an albums' track order would be scrupulously planned, but there was no need for that on Costello Music, the whole album order really falls over itself, but in a good way, it just works.

If you want uncompromising music that will have all the music press raving about then buy The Artic Monkeys album. If you want sing-a-long at the top of your voice down the motorway feel good uplifting guitar rock then buy The Fratellis, Costello Music.

5 Stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2008
Don't waste time reading the reviews...just go and buy it...take my word for it whatever you pay is not enough! Absolutely mindblowing!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2007
These guys must be great live...that's how I would describe the music.

Its upbeat guitar based, of course, and has some very memorable tracks that will become classics to be chanted back from the pit when live. And the pit will be jumping.....

But it's not soft, its feel good but its rock. Yes I know they are 'Indie' but these boys style origins come more from the gods of guitar wielding stompin rockin 70's glam rockers than the likes of Coldplay. They are not Coldplay! And that is a good thing. And to me the lead singer pumps it out a bit like David Bowie did in his Ziggy Stardust rocky 70's incarnation. These guys could cover Ziggy and it would sound great. Also reminds me of the Arctic Monkeys, snappy almost cheeky vocals, solid guitars with attitude.

A good vinyl purchase? - undoubtedly YES. Every track is great and they fit well together so you never find yourself wishing you had a skip button. The sleeve design is good quality inner and outer and the vinyl is heavy.

Listen to it, tap your feet, pogo, smile, whatever, and listen again with a bigger smile....a great album, for me, money well spent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2006
I first heard them on Radio One - where they were being hyped to death - and thought "here we go latest indie flavour of the month". But that Chelsea Dagger song was pretty catchy you know...

So I though what the hey I'll check it out and Wow! This album is quite frankly superb.

Every song has a slightly different style from full on punk rock in the vein of the Clash, Undertones, Buzzcocks etc to whistful acoustic numbers, theres also dashes of blues and ska in there too; and all wrapped up with fistfuls of hooks that'll have you singing along before you know it. Each song has its own little narrative going and have some absolute gems of lyrics in there. Most indie albums I find, tend to have great singles but the albums are samey and uninspiring, but for The Fratellis nearly all of these songs would make great singles and although I haven't seen them, I think they could be a great live band too.

I love it and at the moment it's my most listened to album and easily in my top 3 of the year so far. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm not as big a fan of this album as most of the other reviewers seem to be, but I will say that it's very original and at its best stands out amongst the indie music released in the last couple of years.

I think what pulls the score down for me is that while the band have a lot of ideas musically, it's fair to say that some of them work really well and some of them don't. But it's to their credit that they're willing to give them a go and I suspect they're a band to watch for in the future.

Stand out tracks are probably the singles: 'Henrietta', 'Chelsea Dagger', 'Baby Fratelli' and, OF COURSE, 'Whistle for the Choir' which was probably my favourite song of last year. The rest of the cd is enjoyable enough, but to make it a true classic some of the other tracks should really have been of the same kind of quality as these four, which I don't think they strictly were.

Anyway, definitely worth a listen. And a band to keep your eye on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2007
I bought this from amazon not long after it came out, and i intantly fell in love with it. The songs are all likeable with an upbeat rythm. For new material i would suggest buying the Henrietta single, for the song Cigarello and definately buy the Ole' Black and Blue eyes EP, for 3 songs which sound just as if they could have been on the album. Also an amazing band live - i saw them at Rock City in Nottingham and they were good humoured and it was a great night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I really wasn't expecting this, and it's awesome to hear something fun and exciting amid all the copycat sounds out there. The Fratellis obviously share some sounds with other styles of music, but they play it well, and put enough of a twist on it that it's a pleasure to listen to. Check them out if you're tired of the same old thing most of the radio stations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is not so much sing-along as roll your windows down, crank the volume and scream along at the top of your lungs, bouncing in your seat (preferably while someone else is driving)!!

There is not a weak track on the album. Chelsea Dagger is possibly the best, but the whole thing is sheer loud brilliance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2007
As most of the reviews say, this album is instantly enjoyable. There isn't a lame track on there; if you're looking for some music to cheer you up, buy this! It's bouncy and a bit cheeky with loads of positive energy. I personally find it reminiscent of the Kinks, so if you like them you'll probably like this, and vice versa.

Every song will have you singing (and possibly dancing) along, with a smile on your face. The only possible negative I would add is that usually when I find an album this accessible I play it constantly for a couple of weeks, then forget about it - time will tell!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2007
This is the best album I've heard in a long time. High tempo rock/pop at it's best. The songs are fun, yet the lyrics are still clever and interesting, with a cocky sense of humour.

If you want super serious music with an agenda, then maybe this isn't for you, but if you want good music and orginality then look no further. I played this album twice through in the first 2 hours of getting it. Every song is good enough to be a single.

Unlike most recent indie/pop efforts, this one actually sounds like they're enjoying making the music, and not just trying too hard to be taken seriously. They show more talent here than any other band to emerge in the last 5 years (other than possibly the artic monkeys), without the self-important attitude held my most others in the charts at the moment. Although the songs have an upbeat tempo and sound relatively simple, the lyrics seem to reference a variety of relatively dark subjects, drink, drugs and prostitution for example. So if you were dismissing them as poppy tunes with no real meaning, think again.

If you like good music, clever lyrics, and a band that knows how to entertain, then buy this album, you won't regret it.
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