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The Fratellis - Here We Stand (Island Records)

Fratellis You don’t have to be part of a sing-along crowd of boozed-up geezers to listen to the latest offering by the Scottish rock band - just a tolerance of simplistic middle of the road rock.

Whilst Here We Stand might well be an all too predictable album, what The Fratellis have conjured up is actually quite enjoyable.

Less predictably, is that this time around the album has been self-produced by the Brit-award winning boys. With this knowledge in mind you’d have expected more risk-taking across the twelve tracks, not a simple follow-up from where they left off from their million-selling album Costello Music.

The rocking 'Mistress Mabel' is the defining track on the album despite its rather simple 'if it rhymes it’s in' approach to the lyrics. Other tracks to note are piano heavy and The Who inspired 'A Heady Tale' alongside 'Lupe Brown' with its strangely familiar melody.

The trouble with ‘Lupe Brown’ and its catchy chorus is that it has the dangerous potential of suffering from 'Chelsea Dagger' syndrome. Hopefully it won’t become as over-played, over-rated and overly annoying as their previous album's hit single. It was 'Chelsea Dagger', after all, which lead to the band acquiring the stereotype football fan following - an image that could well end up being this bands' undoing.

Other tracks include the schizophrenic 'My Friend John' which is like an up-tempo ride through the whole album and back again. 'Don’t Tell Me A Lie' is probably the most meaningful track on the LP despite the big rock feel, in which lead vocalist Jon criticises himself and the national press.

It does seem this alternative rock band is more about the money than the music by leaving out the creativity to increase their marketability. Not taking any risks may just have been the bravest thing Jon, Barry and Mince have done in a current atmosphere where it seems everything new has to be controversial and revolutionary in order to make any impact.

But these guys are not interested in trying to push musical boundaries; they’re just using a tried and tested formula which has a mass appeal, and so what? It works.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Published: 01/12/2008 at 19:00
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