The Winter Of Mixed Drinks CD
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Scott Hutchinson has stated that "the Winter of Mix Drinks" is "less obviously personal and brutal than the last record". Thus those looking for the ferocious lyrics combined with the gossamer tenderness of songs like "Poke" or "My Backwards Walk" may be disappointed. This new record is a much more expansive rock album; some have even called it a bid for stadium status. Whatever the case it marks a linear progression from "Midnight Organ Fight" into a much bigger sound and a new chapter for the band.
The album gets off to a solid start with "Things". Waves of guitar roll out and then Hutchison's vocal kicks in. It is a big song that builds over four minutes into an anthem that will have the lighters waved in the air at festivals. It is followed by the single "Swim until you can't see land" a melodic rock song with wonderful band harmonies and a tender lead vocal. The highlights then start to pile up.
The powerful "The Wrestle" sees Hutchison's distinctive Selkirk accent and vocals to the fore. The thumping second single "Nothing like you" is bold and brash song that will be a live favourite. The albums highlight quickly follows. "Footshooter" it's a signature song by the band and effortless.Read more ›
The sound is more polished and polite but none of the appeal has been lost and there are a couple of anthemic wonders.
I can only reccomend you go out and buy this album and if you can catch them live as they are a superb gig band.
The album is played with a great intensity from the beginning. There is a continuous wail of guitar all the way through that suggests comparisons with Glasvegas and also labelmates The Twilight Sad. (I like this in Scots bands - guitars as pipes? Or is that me being unbelievably trite....). The consistent attack of the music never lets up. Whereas on MOF there was a tremendous variety musically this is an album that weaves together much more from track to track. Gone is some of the belligerence in the lyrics and vocals of MOF ('Poke' and 'Keep Yourself Warm').Read more ›
a big noise. No doubt about it! The band's 2008 album 'The Midnight
Organ Fight' was a wonderful creation. Raw, uplifting, challenging and
uncontained in the nicest possible way. A revelation and surely one of
the finest releases of that year.
Much of that enchantment had to do with Scott Hutchison's voice; an instrument
with an enormous capacity to communicate authentic emotion.
I would like to have heard a lot more of it on this recording truth-be-told.
There has been something new added to the formula but something
quintessentially magical has also slipped away.
The eleven tracks delivered here are all good-enough songs;
well-constructed anthems but the density and homogeneity of the
production is so relentless that it begins to bludgeon the senses
into submission, rather than elatedness, after just a short while.
Mr Hutchison's voice is repeatedly placed too far back in the mix.
His efforts are all but overwhelmed. (Just listen to his performance
of 'Fast Blood' on the last album to be reminded of what has been lost!)
This truly great instrument should be way out there in front
dragging us along by the hair!
For a while on the almost splendid 'Foot Shower' I felt the wild spark of
former glories but it didn't take long for it to be submerged, once again,
in the murky sound-washes and overblown percussion skirmishes
of Stuart Hamilton's production.
The use of a layered vocal chorus both here and elsewhere is
over-used and over-stated. The deployment of a string section
is totally wasted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
arrived 14.12.13 rated four star well-packed perfect condition no problems correctly described and advertised no other comments it's being wrapped for ChristmasPublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by J. Rump
I have always been intrigued by this great band live - the new album Pedestrian Verse was bought with this and to be honest it was ok but thankfully The Winter of Mixed Drinks was... Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by T. L. Ewiss
I am sure the recipient will love it when he gets it on christmas day, blah, blah, blah, blah, blahPublished on 16 Dec. 2012 by shorty
Having the band recommended by a friend I thought I would check it out. I was, in no way prepared for just how brilliant this album. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by tombenjaminq
It's good, but very varying quality imo. Definitely worth a buy if you like Frightened Rabbit though.
Some songs are just too repetitive.
I'll keep this short and sweet. This album is magic, pure magic! It combines energy, great lyrics, catchy melodies, hooks and a real feel good feeling. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2011 by Patrick Sykes
Excellent album, I will be ordering up the rest of their collection as soon as I can.Published on 31 Aug. 2010 by C. Arnott
Frightened Rabbit have impressed me again with this album. Although not as directly heart wrenching and emotionally heavy as The Midnight Organ Fight, The Winter of Mixed Drinks... Read morePublished on 4 April 2010 by J. Duffy