In 2006, The Fratellis stormed the charts with the insanely catchy pop-ditty that was “Chelsea Dagger”. Now, almost ten years later, after some considerable time away, they’re back with a new album.
“Me And The Devil” gets things off to a strong start thanks to a piano-based pop riff and the song being delivered with considerable vocal force and gusto. Sadly, after “Imposters” delivers itself with some cheeky-pop charm which the band have become known for during their time together, on the whole, it’s pretty much all down-hill from there.
“Baby Don’t You Lie To Me” is cheesy and really not suitable for a band that should perhaps evolved a lot more than it’s evident they have. Also, throughout much of this collection, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the band have channelled other artists from whom they’ve taken influence and ideas. Unfortunately for them, it really doesn’t work and “Desperate Guy” would have been much better performed by the likes of Razorlight rather than this trio attempting to replicate them.
Not much can be said for “Thief” only that it may be likely to be skipped over by those who listen to it, while on “Dogtown”, it’s hard to ignore the Stevie Wonder style they’ve settled on to dismal effect and “Rosanna” is even worse – bland and boring – quite why the band included it I honestly don’t know.