With all due respect to the folks at All Music Guide, who do great work most of the time, how on earth is this album not covered on the site that is many people’s go-to source for music reviews? Despite much blog coverage, The Midnight Organ Fight is apparently still not getting the attention it warrants.
I hope this changes, as Frightened Rabbit deserve to have a bright and lucrative future ahead of them. Although The Midnight Organ Fight has an intimate sound, it isn’t hard to imagine many of these songs translating well to a large indoor venue with a cool light show, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I get to find out how they handle a bigger stage not too long from now.
Singer Scott Hutchison lays down one gem after another, tossing off bon mots worthy of Paul Westerberg (“Jesus is just a Spanish boy’s name,” “Let’s get paralyzed down both sides”) along the way. Although it’s not a country record (they’re from Scotland, after all), the jangly guitar may appeal to alt-country fans.
The album isn’t perfect–it stumbles badly on “Old Old Fashioned,” which sounds like when Richard Thompson gets too cute. It also has pacing problems–they’re so good at writing album closers that there are two on here, “Poke” and “Floating in the Forth,” neither of which actually close the album. Despite these flaws, I am confident I will be revisiting The Midnight Organ Fight for years to come, and I’ll be purchasing Frightened Rabbit’s first album, The Greys, on my next trip to the record store.
Take a few minutes to listen to “Head Rolls Off,” and do try to catch them live if they come to your town.
“Head Rolls Off”: