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Pedestrian Verse

Frightened Rabbit

Pedestrian Verse

The Scottish indie rock five-piece with their fourth full-length release

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Hutchison intended “Pedestrian Verse” to be a self-directed warning, but as a title for his band’s latest album, it reads as proudly defiant
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  2. 9.2 |   The AU Review

    Hutchinson cements his place, for me, as one of the best songwriters around
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  3. 8.5 |   BBC

    Throughout, the lyrical clarity and emotional honesty of the band shine through, creating an album that is as much uplifting as it is in parts bleak
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A triumph. It strikes a perfect balance between the emotional rack-drawing that's made them beloved to many an indie misanthrope and the warmth and hope that makes them better than mere scab-pickers
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  5. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    From Hutchison's newfound enthusiasm for life to the band's stadium sound, Frightened Rabbit has finally created a reasonable glimmer of hope—sans blind optimism, of course
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Their most well-rounded and accessible album
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Each track moves through a range of tones and moods. It's a truly dynamic set of recordings
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    To existing fans the album will rank among the band’s best work, but as a major label debut it’s a masterstroke. You won’t realise why until you’re singing along
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    The songwriting is the driving force behind the album, and any reservations about whether or not Frightened Rabbit would transform into radio-friendly M.O.R. are swept away
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  10. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Intense and contradictory, a bundle of bravado and doubt and vulnerability and longing that stays with you for a long time after the last chorus fades
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    It's Broken Britain, essentially. In Frightened Rabbit's hands, though, it feels strangely uplifting. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An early contender for album of the year
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  13. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    To have hit album number four and still be noticeably progressing as writers and musicians is one hell of a milestone for a long-under-appreciated act
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  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Pedestrian Verse should easily continue Frightened Rabbit’s upwards trajectory and, as with the characters who populate the album, you can’t help but root for their success
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  15. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Here, finally, is a Frightened Rabbit for all seasons: warm, buzzy tracks intersect with quieter, calmer numbers, and a few touches of the old acidic sadness, all tied together into a multi-dimensional package
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    This is how you do life-affirming
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  17. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A collection of stirring, instant anthems to get fists pumping the air and swaying crowds singing along
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  18. 8.0 |   State

    Frightened Rabbit have kept moving forward without losing sight of themselves. Long may it continue
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  19. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Their major-label debut, so they can expect more attention this time around. The songs largely deserve it
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  20. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Confirms them as that rare thing: a band able to combine grandiosity and groundedness
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  21. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The very nature of these songs, with their chugging bombast and melodic immediacy, ensures that Pedestrian Verse intrinsically feels like a ‘big’ album
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  22. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    While Pedestrian Verse feels like the most comprehensive Frightened Rabbit LP in the band’s nearly 10-year career, it also forgoes some of the band’s restless charm in the process
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  23. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    As always, Hutchison's rhotic howl is a pleasure all its own, but here he especially seems to knead and pull at his vowels
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  24. 7.5 |   Tone Deaf

    Frightened Rabbit have once again brought something truly lovely to the table, and that’s a splendid thing
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  25. 7.5 |   The 405

    Frightened Rabbit are back to their confessional, ragged and fiery best. And it makes for cathartic listening
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  26. 7.0 |

    Pedestrian Verse is a very solid guitar record - playful, yet maturely composed. This album deserves to be heard by many
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  27. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's formulaic but highly effective. Print edition only

  28. 7.0 |   DIY

    A bold, complex dissection of the band's melancholy strengths which leaves their back catalogue looking like a long prologue
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  29. 7.0 |   Clash

    The production may be a little smoother but ‘Pedestrian Verse’ just seems to prove how lasting, how devastating Frightened Rabbit can be
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  30. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    With song writing as strong as this, for the most part, it’s guaranteed to win people over
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  31. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Builds out of the more intimate recordings of last year’s State Hospital EP
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  32. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    While those in a dark frame of mind will arguably glean most from this album, there is a strain of black humour on a couple of songs
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  33. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Their strongest album so far and one that is likely to boost them a few places up the festival schedule closer to a headline slot
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  34. 6.0 |   Mojo

    State Hospital and December's Traditions are bleakly beautiful portraits of Broken Britain. Print edition only

  35. 4.0 |   The Fly

    Did Frightened Rabbit have to move quite so far away from what made them special?
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