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on 29 January 2015
I picked up the album after seeing White Rabbits supporting Muse and being blown away by their sheer levels of rhythmic noise - most likely attributable to their dual drummer set up. Live they were eclectic, amped up, frenetic energy that got the crowd on their feet and wanting more!
Unfortunately, recorded, they lose a lot of that frantic rawness to come across as a just-better-than-average indie/alternative ensemble for their era. A percussion heavy and highly energetic outing that definitely still has several tracks which will stick with you for a few days, but not quite the magic that they are live.

That said, the "It's Frightening" is tightly knit and remains a pleasure to listen to; indeed, I still dip into it every now and then, which can't be said of many of their peers. "Percussion Gun" is a fantastic opening which very clearly indicates the high energy and sheer volume they are capable of and melds into the slightly more melodic "Rudie Fails" very nicely. "They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong" has an almost Radiohead vibe to large parts and builds well into some almost astral piano, before the album gets oddly sinister with the mild dis-chord of "Lionesse" that starts well but ends up feeling a little messy - and not in the way it's obviously trying to be!
This, for me, is the start of a safe and easy-listening album that lacks the punch of the first few tracks. A few moments of eclecticism during "The Salesman (Tramp Life)" aside, "Company I Keep", "Midnight and I" and "Salesman" itself are largely decent outings but fail to ever spark anything that sticks or makes you want more. "Right Where I Left", once again, shows the bands penchant for darker undertones and heavy percussion (which does work very well) and injects a bit more vigour into the latter half of the album, but does just feel a little lacking with vocals that let any emotive musical builds slide away to nothing. "The Lady Vanishes" layers in some nice deep-South vibes and is arguably the strong track to bookend the album but, instead, peters out a little into the rather dreary and slow "Leave It At The Door", which drawls through to a conclusion a million miles away from the fun, upbeat blare of the album's opening.

Somewhere between Hamfatter and Django Django (but never quite reaching the heights of the latter), "It's Frightening" is at it's best when utilising the full band in frantic, heavy hitting bursts of energy and musical vibrancy. Unfortunately, there just isn't really enough scattered throughout the album to make it truly memorable. If you chance upon a live outing by the band I would recommend them but don't expect great thing from their recorded offerings.
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I am endebted to Becky Barn Owl once again for
bringing splendid new music to my attention which,
without her extensive knowledge and good taste,
I might otherwise have easily missed.

It seems that I, too, have acquired an enthusiasm
for White Rabbits very much akin to her own.
Their second studio album 'It's Frightening' is a very
tasty affair (as was their 2008 debut 'Fort Nightly').

This six-piece, Brooklyn-based band are a fine little
ensemble turning out well-crafted and intelligent rock.

At a first hearing things seem a bit rough around the edges
but once the sound begins to be absorbed through our sensory
and critical faculties it quickly becomes apparent that both
the structure and ambience of these ten compositions is very
far from ordinary in both conception and performance.

White Rabbits have a distinctive and memorable style.
The project passes in and out of focus in not much more
than half-an-hour but leaves a big wave in its wake.

The melodic and rhythmic structure of the songs is quirky and
nicely unpredictable. 'Midnight and I' is a strong case in point.
The angular chord progression together with some crafty, disembodied,
dream-like vocal harmonies and vivid percussion is stunning.

Alexander Even's capable voice and guitar and Matthew Clark and
Jamie Levinson's insightful and idiosyncratic drumming skills
are among the band's finest assets. It's a good noise!

There really isn't a duff track in the bunch.

I particularly enjoyed the shuffling beats and rolling melody
of 'They Done Wrong / We Done Wrong'. The epic character of
the central section is particularly satisfying.

'Company I Keep' is another rhythmically beguiling composition.
The open, accoustic structure and layered piano and vocals frame
a fine central performance from Mr Even.

Final track 'Leave It At The Door' mixes darkness and light in
equal measure. The sombre, plodding ostinato of the keyboard part,
contrasting cleverly with the weirdly evocative vocal harmonies,
wends its eerie way towards an ambiguous and unsettling conclusion.

Sometimes good music can be just like a good meal.
White Rabbits are a tasty treat worth exploring.
This Old Wolf has worked up quite an appetite listening to it!

Highly Recommended.
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on 20 August 2011
I am now one of the lucky many to have added the White Rabbits to my collection of bands with albums that will have Longevity through my life.

Was bored with nothing to do, this album had just been delivered so i stuck it on, opened a book and got lost in the sound.

Im not sure how to explain the album other than its just good quality music, by some good musicians and having the piano in there with the usual rock instruments is genius.

Not being a lyric man its the music that gets me, it makes you feel good, and makes you feel things are allright.

Okay enough said, if you are a MUSIC fan then you will really appreciate this album and the White Rabbis.
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Its frightening indeed as a result of impending senility I forgot to tick the age box for the review - apologies for the dual posting on this!

When I first heard "Percussion Gun" by White Rabbits my initial thought was the Adam and the Ants revival was about to commence. Check it out, its the "Kings of the Wilds Frontier" meets Radiohead. The damn song has been been stuck in mind for days and it is frightening what a undiscovered pop gem it is.

This is the "Wabbits" second album which comes hot on the back of their excellent debut "Fort Nightly" (albeit it wore its "Spoon" influences fairly openly, sample the "The Plot" and the joyous "Kid on my shoulders"). The Spoon theme contiunes here with Britt Daniel from said band producing "Its Frightening" by yet another Brooklyn six piece band. The particular New York borough must be getting very crowded with neighbours Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, the Antlers and a host of others. It is becoming the epicentre of the American Indie scene and appears to have a neighbourhood alchemy that can churn out the most inventive bands on the planet at the moment.

White Rabbits are less complex and original than the aforementioned bands but no worse for it. They are a wonderful pop/rock band who major on the catchy chorus and driving riffs.

"Its Frightening" contains a couple of weak tracks ("right where they left you" drives me to distraction and "Midnight and I" is just a bit on the dull side ) hence 4 stars but these are easily forgiven by the albums standouts.

- Firstly you must get the album highlight "Percussion gun", take a days sick leave, do community service whatever ...get it

- "Rudie Fails" - not certain if this is a counterpoint to the Clash but its a great song and one so familiar you will think you have heard it before

- "I used to complain now I dont" - reminds me of Vampire Weekend with a hint of "Everyone gone to the movies" by Steely Dan

- 'They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong',- This time acoustic driven and almost starting off like an early Beatles song and has a lovely melodic fade out. Great stuff

All in all a band well worth checking out. Perhaps they need to put some distance between themselves and Spoon if they are to carve out a distinctive niche but all the same no Pesky Wabbits to be found here.
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on 1 December 2010
I saw White Rabbits on Jools Holland and was impressed with what i heard having purchased the cd i still am well worth a listen really good
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on 30 November 2009
When I first heard "Percussion Gun" by White Rabbits my initial thought was the Adam and the Ants revival was about to commence. Check it out, its the "Kings of the Wilds Frontier" meets Radiohead. The damn song has been been stuck in mind for days and it is frightening what a undiscovered pop gem it is.

This is the "Wabbits" second album which comes hot on the back of their excellent debut "Fort Nightly" (albeit it wore its "Spoon" influences fairly openly, sample the "The Plot" and the joyous "Kid on my shoulders"). The Spoon theme contiunes here with Britt Daniel from said band producing "Its Frightening" by yet another Brooklyn six piece band. The particular New York borough must be getting very crowded with neighbours Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, the Antlers and a host of others. It is becoming the epicentre of the American Indie scene and appears to have a neighbourhood alchemy that can churn out the most inventive bands on the planet at the moment.

White Rabbits are less complex and original than the aforementioned bands but no worse for it. They are a wonderful pop/rock band who major on the catchy chorus and driving riffs.

"Its Frightening" contains a couple of weak tracks ("right where they left you" drives me to distraction and "Midnight and I" is just a bit on the dull side ) hence 4 stars but these are easily forgiven by the albums standouts.

- Firstly you must get the album highlight "Percussion gun", take a days sick leave, do community service whatever ...get it

- "Rudie Fails" - not certain if this is a counterpoint to the Clash but its a great song and one so familiar you will think you have heard it before

- "I used to complain now I dont" - reminds me of Vampire Weekend with a hint of "Everyone gone to the movies" by Steely Dan

- 'They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong',- This time acoustic driven and almost starting off like an early Beatles song and has a lovely melodic fade out. Great stuff

All in all a band well worth checking out. Perhaps they need to put some distance between themselves and Spoon if they are to carve out a distinctive niche but all the same no Pesky Wabbits to be found here.
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