Fratelli’s Here We Stand a Brit power pop masterpiece? [Unfinished Post No. 1]

3 02 2009

This blog, obviously, is about music.  It is not uncommon for musicians to, at some point in their careers, release unfinished material, demos and other rare recordings.  In my case, I’ve got a few unfinished posts sitting in my drafts folder proverbially gathering dust.  I’m sick of looking at this one in particular, but I don’t have the heart to delete it or the interest to finish it.  The solution: post it as is; raw, non-proofread; non-edited.  I can’t stand looking at it anymore so I give it to you.

The Fratellis’ Here We Stand might be the best new album I’ve heard in the last 2 or 3 years. I love Oasis but it can go toe to toe with Don’t Believe the Truth and Dig Out Your Soul.

Like Park Life, Employment, the Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, it has a lot of British feel to it. There’s an attitude and feel not unlike the Knack.

The Fratellis share a vibe with the Arctic Monkeys. In fact, Jon Fratelli and Alex Turner of the Artic Monkeys sound startlingly similar. And both are very reminiscent of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie.

Most of the album is straight-ahead rock.

“Milk and Money” is a piano tune with something like a Rutles feel to it.

“Mistress Mabel” feels like early to mid 70’s Bowie. “Babydoll” rolls from a jingly acoustic pop ballad to a La’s-esque mid-tempo bit.

“Look Out Sunshine” is a stroll down the street like “Good Day Sunshine.”

“Stragglers Moon” moseys in like a country & western tale and then goes mid-60’s British Invasion.

“Lupe Brown” starts quick out of the gate with some Duane Eddy picking and morphs into a neo-50’s rocker. Mods would love its dance beat carried with crunchy guitars.

“My Friend John” hits like a metaled-up “I Fought the Law”. The guitar lick is nasty and gives it a bite between verses.

Hope that wasn’t too bad.




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