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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B0031IQ2MS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Having bought the album, I listened to it roughly twenty times in the first week. Each listen continues to reveal something new in the music, be that an illusive lyric in the rasping vocals of Scott Hutchinson, or a glimmering instrumental nuance. Simultaneously dark and enlightening, each song demonstrates the intricate genious of this band. I love this album. Buy it, you know you want to.
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Frightened Rabbit's previous album "The Midnight Organ fight" has attracted a fierce loyalty for its stunning songs of passion and heartbreak. It is one of the great British albums of the past decade and showed that this Scottish band alongside other contemporaries like the Twilight Sad are bringing a new energy to music north of the border. The weight of expectation particularly after an album so loved is bound to be sky-high are we therefore inevitably heading for dissapointment?

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.
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It's been a while waiting for the new Frabbit album but proved to be well worth it.
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.
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It was always going to be tough following up such a widely acclaimed album as the Midnight Organ Fight (MOF). With the critical praise that release got it would have been easy for the band to fall into the sin of repetition and try to recreate MOF. With 'Mixed Drinks' they have avoided that pitfall and produced a record that's very, very different but still recognisable as a product that could only have come from Frightened Rabbit (the lyrics, soem of them cleverly even echo lyrics on MOF). MOF had moments of fabulous intensity in it's lyrics that sometimes seemed to me to break apart from the music they were that overpowering (witness the fabulous 'Poke'), on Mixed Drinks the vocals seem to me much more tied into the rest of the instrumentation. Just a personal view I guess, but to me it makes this sound much more the output of a band rather than the band backing Hutchison and because of this I think the album actually holds together more than MOF. Now that doesn't mean I think it's necessarily better, just different. In fact I think in some ways comparisons with what's gone before here are redundant because this is an altogether different beast to MOF.

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').
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this album is brilliant, soulful and heart-warming. have enjoyed everything this guys make and was blown away by the power and beauty of the this album. i hope you enjoy it as much as me
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I recently purchased their new album Pedestrian Verse & it's most played on my ipod. I owned this album before but never really listened to it but thought I'd purchase it as the new album is so good... this I'm afraid is going to be a grower but I'm sure I'll love it as I like this band immensely.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Frightened Rabbit's new album 'The Winter Of Mixed Drinks' makes
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.
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