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Frightened Rabbit, ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ (FatCat)

Shannon Zimmerman // May 29, 2008

Glasgow has a well-earned rep for churning out bands led by weepy would-be lotharios, so it’s past due for a new angle on the oversold market. Enter Frightened Rabbit singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison, who favors caustic over cloying (“Let’s get paralyzed down both sides,” he offers on “Fast Blood,” a bashed-out anti-anthem) and specializes in bitter detail, not fey bemusement. “Vital parts fall from his system and dissolve in Scottish rain,” Hutchison intones on the fiercely strummed “The Modern Leper.” Amid such scene-upending sentiments, his band’s all-too- Glaswegian moniker represents a clever case of bait and switch.