Category: The Fratellis

The Fratellis – Here We Stand

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TITLE:  Here We Stand

YEAR RELEASED: 2008

CHART ACTION: #80 US, #5 UK

SINGLES: Mistress Mabel (#23 UK), Look Out Sunshine! (#70 UK), A Heady Tale

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really, no.

LINEUP: John Lawler, Barry Wallace, Gordon McRory

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The dreaded follow-up record actually is more consistent than their debut.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When an out-of-nowhere success story happens in music, the follow-up is usually the record everyone dreads. Will it be a rehash of their previous record? Will it have hits? Will it just be blah? Or will it move the group forward?

The second Fratelli’s album does resemble the first, and didn’t really have a song that stuck around or is timeless as “Chelsea Dagger”. But…it’s better.

Track-for-track, while similar to Costello Music in theme and sound, the songs are better and less reliant on the same ‘drunk pub’ sound. They sound like they worked on the thing, instead of bashed it out. The energy isn’t as manic, but it’s still there.  If I want to listen to an entire Fratelli’s record, I’d probably listen to this.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: One track (“Jesus Stole My Baby”) didn’t make it to streaming, and wasn’t on the album in many cases.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Japanese tracks and other bonuses.

GRADE: B+:  Would you like a more consistent record, or one with peaks and skippable tracks? I prefer consistent albums myself.

The Fratellis – Costello Music

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TITLE:  Costello Music

YEAR RELEASED: 2006

CHART ACTION: #48 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: Henrietta (#19 UK), Chelsea Dagger (#5 UK), Whistle for the Choir (#9 UK), Flathead (#73 US, #33 US Rock, #67 UK), Baby Fratelli (#24 UK), Ole Black and Blue Eyes (#168 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not, that’s half the record up there as singles.

LINEUP: John Fratelli, Barry Fratelli, Mince Fratelli (John Lawler, Barry Wallace, Gordon McRory to their mums)

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Scottish pop-punk band pounds out singalongs and fairly catchy tunes for the yobs and punters.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s something to be said about putting on a record that won’t challenge you and by the third spin will have you shouting along to the choruses whilst you do the dishes or laundry or something like that. The Fratellis’ debut is one of those records.

It’s not high art, or something you’d play at high tea. Just 13 pop punk songs at high speed, with shouty choruses and high energy. It’s pretty derivative, too, since you could probably name about 10 bands that they sound like from the 2000’s. Yet, when reaching for this album you probably don’t really care that it’s similar to others.

NOTES & MINUTAE: As you may know, “Chelsea Dagger” is the goal song for the Chicago Blackhawks. They were trying to be more fan-friendly in 2008 or so, and tested that song along with “Song 2” by Blur, “Tick Tick Tick Boom” by the Hives and a song by the Ting Tings. Management saw the young, hipster crowd digging “Chelsea Dagger” and there you go.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION:  Tracks flip on and off based on the area of the world you’re listening.

GRADE: B: It is what it is – it doesn’t aspire for much but delivers what it aspires to be, a singalong with a pint or four