The success of It's Frightening was so huge that it's hard
to imagine what else the White Rabbits could come up with.
Well this spring they answered their popular album with Milk Famous,
a record for fans ready to commit themselves to this fantastic band.
The album starts off with "Heavy Metal", a song that shows
us right off the bat these guys have matured in their musicianship.
A pulsing keyboard provides a backdrop to the raw guitar thrashes
and grooving synth loops. Starting off the album with this selection
was a huge step for the band; it's not instantly catchy, yet gently
sears itself into your subconscious with each listen. For those who
spun It's Frightening so much it wore the CD out, you'll like
"I'm Not Me". Chaotic jumps between the cymbals and the
guitar create an undeniable urge to just dance it out. Hand claps
and a pleasant progression on the white keys manage to mellow out
the song for a few moments in the chorus.
Another example of how the guys have come far with their skills as
musicians is in the song "Everyone Can't Be Confused". For
a band fairly heavily dependent on their percussion members, this
song has the beat slightly off-kilter. This unique style takes the
drums from a supportive role to front-and-center. You almost have
to listen a few times just to fully understand the song. But once
you do, you're hooked. "Are You Free" is a perfect example
of what could be called Dance Rock. Bands like MuteMath and
Franz Ferdinand have been main components to this genre, but
the White Rabbits are pretty close behind. While the song is simplistic
in nature, it's little things like the warm guitar progression repeating
its echoing and almost twangy solo notes and the pounding of garbage
can slaps that are muted in the background act as fuel to the grooving
A song that brings back that sound most recognize from the Rabbits
is "Back For More". Between sashaying cymbal movements and
some hauntingly smooth keys on the lower end of the octave spectrum,
you instantly feel at home. Ending the album is a selection that feels
inspired by their previous producer Britt Daniel of Spoon.
"I Had It Coming" mixes light vocals with a melodic acoustic
guitar and a constant circulation of random instrument noises. You'd
be hard pressed to be able to keep yourself from head-bobbing to this
Milk Famous is a well-mastered, well-produced, cohesive album
for the White Rabbits. It shows that the band is here to stay.
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