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The Fratellis
Costello Music
Interscope Records

Hear it now, folks; the new Britpop revolution. Amidst all the bands who've taken their cue from Paul Weller and worked their way into producing music steeped in disco badness, there is one new band that has reverse engineered it all back to the rock and roll fineness of The Jam… Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: The Fratellis.

You've heard the track "Flathead", in all of its glorious throbbing stomp, on the iPod commercial, now it's time to step it up and take a listen to the entire album. "Henrietta" kicks things off with a high-stepping backbeat and the catchiest lyrical hook of the year. This track rolls things back to the salad days of the new wave Britpop revolution, filled with a distinct attitude and a supremely danceable vibe. Vapors, anyone? After "Flathead" breaks out of its stomp, it falls into a serene musical bridge that enhances, rather than detracts from, the energetic ballyhoo of this great song. Things slow down a bit on "Whistle For The Choir", an acoustic ballad number that has a McCartney vibe to its melodies and rhythms. "Chelsea Dagger" rolls back into a pounding rhythm and attitude-heavy lyric before "The Gutterati?" kicks the punk rock into high gear with screaming guitars and the entire band shouting out the rebellious chorus. All of this before a strangely not-out-of-place harmonica solo kicks in.

Costello Music is front to back a great album, filled with songs that are danceable and fun, rebellious and highly melodic, angry and joyfully blissful. The guitar work is excellent, filled with varied tones and clever riffs, while the drumming is energetically tribal and carries the songs along on swinging, speedy trips. The vocals run the gamut from softly beautiful to full-on-in-your-face anthemic rock and roll. Each song has its own character that fits perfectly in with the others to create a wonderful musical puzzle well worth unraveling.

So if you long for the days when the Brits rocked without the horrible disco influence… the days before bands like Franz Ferdinand made Britpop a word that sent shivers down many a music listeners spine… then join with me as we take back the word that is truly ours. Britpop - real Britpop - lives again in The Fratellis' music, and in the hearts and minds of the people. Pure greatness.

I'm certain Pete Townsend is as happy about it as I am.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Henrietta
2. Flathead
3. Whistle For The Choir
4. Chelsea Dagger
5. The Gutterati?
6. For The Girl
7. Doginabag
8. Creepin Up The Backstairs
9. Vince The Lovable Stoner
10. Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
11. Baby Fratelli
12. Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy

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