Review: Frightened Rabbit "Pedestrian Verse"
Two things have always stood out with Frightened Rabbit's music: 1) Scott Hutchinson's uber-thick Scottish accent, and 2) his brutally honest lyrics. One of these two elements accounts for everyones reasonings for liking or disliking this band.
Neither fans nor haters will be let down nor overly exhilerated with the band's fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse.
The band still has an anthemic tendencies and folk roots, but on this record, the band's first major label debut, there's far more rock to be had than any of their previous efforts.
The result is a lighter, fuller sound that positions the band for potential mainstream success. And while a certain sect of listeners will bemoan the loss of the ragged edges that gave the band a more intimate and personal aesthetic, there's no denying the band's sound is more complete now.
The album takes its name from a challenge Hutchinson made to himself while writing the record. He told Clash Magazine that he bought a notebook and wrote "Pedestrian Verse" on the cover, as a form of inspiration:
"Every time I opened the book to work, those words on that lovely brown cover challenged me. Don’t go writing about ‘the sky falling,’ mate, or how she is your ‘world.’ Don’t you fucking dare!” The intent was for Pedestrian Verse to be about other people instead of looking inward “like some sort of whiny bastard harpist.”
The end result of this challenge is a group of songs that are less personal than anything on the band's back catalog, but are (hypothetically) more accessible to the masses.
Nothing about the Frightened Rabbit's overall aesthetic has changed, but on Pedestrian Verse their desired demography clearly has.