The Fratellis' 'Costello Music' is an album that I've kept with me for many years. For a debut, it almost feels like you're listening to a greatest hits package, which is hardly surprising considering that it spawned six hit singles. Released in 2006, these young guys from Glasgow managed to score with a polished album full of quality tunes that are just bursting with energy and lovable roguishness. Jon Fratelli, who has since recorded a solo album, is a very talented vocalist and guitarist.
Although top ten hits such as 'Whistle for the Choir' and 'Chelsea Dagger' are great examples of solid indie-rock anthems, these men certainly have their own distinctive style. Feel-good, upbeat music with killer hooks, nice guitars and top lyrics never grows old, and 'Costello Music' still makes me want to dance around the room like an idiot every time I play it. One of my favourite tracks is 'Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes', where Jon sounds a little like John Lennon in the chorus, I kid you not.
For fans of Franz Ferdinand and The Pigeon Detectives.