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The Fratellis’ Smashing Debut

The Fratellis’ debut album, Costello Music, dropped Sept. 11 and landed in the No. 2 spot on the U.K. album charts, beat out only by Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. The Glaswegian trio have quickly become the indie rock darlings of Scotland, and their catchy, pop-fueled garage tunes have taken the U.K. by storm. And though most online chatter mentions that these blokes’ visages are hardly bringing sexy back, their music is earning more attractive critiques, garnering comparisons to compatriots like the Kooks, Dirty Pretty Things, and Babyshambles.

Here’s what the people are saying across the pond:

“I finally got my hands on the album and gave it a good listening today. It has to be the most fun rockin album I’ve ever heard. [We] were bouncing around the house…I think Costello Music is going to win quite a few awards.” — jimmytinsel,

“I bought this yesterday, and have listened to it about 5 or 6 times since. Have to say I was slightly disappointed. I love the singles they’ve brought out, had been waiting ages for the album, and the singles are easily the best songs off the album, so there’s not really any hidden gems. Having said that, I did hype it up to myself massively, it is a good album, well worth having, and they win the award for best song title of the year, with ‘Vince the Loveable Stoner’ — genius.” — t0m,

“Congratulations on your No. 2 in the album charts. Only young whippersnapper Mr. JT in the way. Damn him!” — Louisa,

“‘Creeping Up the Backstairs’ is just simply one of those songs where I needed about three chord changes before I knew I was in the presence of something insanely fun…the kind of song you love passing around to your friends because it makes you look like you actually know something.” —

“Although the three-piece look like any other indie/new wave band of the last few years, once you listen to them they have a…sound that reminds me of Dirty Pretty Things with catchy riffs coming from all over the place.” —

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