White Rabbits
"It's Frightening"

(tbd Records 2009)White Rabbits - It\'s Frightening

Sounding like a mixture between the Cold War Kids and the Flaming Lips, the White Rabbits have created a solid and a accessible album with "It's Frightening."

We begin with "Percussion Gun" which, as the title suggests, is a drum led track. It could easily be identified as the 21st century version of "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. "Rudie Fails" sounds like a lesser version of "She Uses Jelly" by the Flaming Lips. It's an average song that comes across as easily forgettable. Not bad, just nothing noteworthy. "They done wrong/we done wrong" carries on the pattern of good if unremarkable songs. "Lionesse," however, breaks the pattern by being absolutely terrible, full of self indulgent playing and boring vocals; it's hard to listen to it all the way through.

Thankfully after that track, the album finally starts to pick up with "Company I Keep" a song which is the first song that really stands out. Featuring poignant lyrics the song feels like it should be played while the autumn leaves come tumbling down. "The Salesman (Tramp Life)" is the best song on the album featuring a memorable bass line and feels like it could easily be a youth anthem. "Midnight and I" is a piano led ballad and features a very unique guitar solo and perfectly describes the loneliness of isolation and if this doesn't move you on the inside then you must already be dead. The next track "Right where they left you" is a brilliant song about using somebody and yet again features another excellent bass line. "The Lady Vanishes" continues the high quality; however, it's unfortunate that it doesn't end the album as "Leave It At The Door," a piano led ballad, provides an anti-climatic finish and the production is terrible. It feels like filler and is the worst song on the album.

Despite the disappointing end, "It's Frightening" is still a solid album even though at times it will leave you a little disappointed. It's still worth listening to as they have a lot of potential.

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