This time last year the musical calendar was looking pretty darned exciting. With albums on the horizon by EbM favourites Broken Records, Emmy the Great, frYars, Esser and The Decemberists I was expecting great things of 2009. Sure enough, 2009 produced some great records and was an all-round “good year for music”, but strangely none of the albums I was so excited about delivered on expectations. All the aforementioned albums were good, but none of them were great, and certainly nowhere near as good as we’d all hoped they would be; hype is truly a terrible thing.
So it is with great trepidation and wariness that I nail my colours to the mast and say that I am really, really looking forward to the upcoming Frightened Rabbit album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Of course this will come as no surprise to regular readers who probably have some inkling as to how much I love FR. It seems like this album may be very well timed, as FR did very well in quite a few end-of-decade lists (such as the NME’s and The Skinny’s) and fans have been kept interested throughout 2009 first by the excellent Quietly Now! (a live version of Midnight Organ Fight) and the pre-Christmas single Swim Until You Can’t See Land. This single was our first taste of what to expect from the upcoming album, and very nice it was too. Now we’re being further tempted by another single, Nothing Like You.
This one won’t be released until the 22nd Feb and normally I’d hold off on a review until closer to the release date, but being as the album proper comes out only a few days later (1st March) I can justify getting this one out a little early (and it also shows how cool I must be to be able to get my paws on the single this far ahead of it’s release…*cough*cough*). The B-side, Learned Your Name, is a gentle, sombre affair, trundling along nicely without sparking too much excitement; but then that’s all you ought to expect from a B-side. The A-side, however, is a different story.
With all the great (possibly dangerous?) hype the band have been getting lately, and given the success of Swim…, all this single really needs to do is make sure it doesn’t disappoint. Regardless, Nothing Like You springs from the blocks like it’s got something to prove. It rattles along at a furious pace and does it’s job admirably – it’s more than equal to the quality of the work on Midnight Organ Fight, while at the same time pointing at yet more to come. To hell with my trepidation, 2010 should be fantastic!
Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You*
*obviously there won’t be a download being as this is just a single.
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Posted on January 13, 2010 by Tom