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January 23, 2010

White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

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White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

For a record so reliant on Jamie Levinson’s skilled, thoughtful drumming (and Matthew Clark too on occasion when one kit just isn’t enough), it’s odd to find this rhythm section somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to the production on White Rabbit’s second full-length effort.

Instead of the velvetine lush of fellow New Yorkers The National or Interpol, who have built their own dark sounds around similar tight beats, on It’s Frightening what should have been the domineering force to drive this album is reduced to tinny, weak amateurism.

Opening track, ‘Percussion Gun’ is reduced to irony, despite the clear imagination involved, wit an otherwise faultless array of melodies and musicianship not enough to turn this sound around.

The talent though is obvious in ‘Rudie Fails’ and ‘Right Where They Left’ which take exciting twists in turns through the world of American indie, blending the Okkervil River ecstasy with the cornfield sunshine of The Shins, all augmented with a more natural regimentation akin to the aforementioned Interpol. And it works on the whole, despite the obvious, out-laid grievances and paradoxes.

With a bit of polish, this could have given White Rabbits their teeth. Right now, that carrot’s just a bit too tough to get through.

6.1/10

Release Date: 25 Jan

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