Sound — 6
I would describe Frightened Rabbit's sound as indie-folk, their third offering, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, had a lot to live up to after the critical yet limited commercial success of their second album, The Midnight Organ Fight. Sadly, the LP is frankly over-wrought, over-produced and has lost most of the raw emotion which was present on TMOF.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are once again a cross between blunt truths (There is nothing like someone new/and this girl is nothing like you)and vivid, almost dream like metaphor (scream to fill the thousand black balloons with air). One thing sure to please fans of The Midnight Organ Fight is the reintroduction of the "you need human heat" motif found on "Things" on The Winter of Mixed Drinks and "The Twist" on The Midnight Organ Fight.
Overall Impression — 7
Despite the album as a whole being too glossy, it has a strong backbone (The Loneliness and the Scream, Swim Until You Can't See Land, Nothing Like You and Living in Colour) and is a definite step in the right direction for a band who are about to make the transition from having a modest army of dedicated fans, to nearly selling out the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.