In Your Own Sweet Time (LP)


The Fratellis

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Amoeba Review

03/15/2018

The Fratellis usually make tracks that are a healthy dose of (tasteful) burlesque with thudding, sexy rhythms and a touch of glam rock. But with In Your Own Sweet Time, they go-for-broke with banger after banger of powerhouse anthems. Instead of their previous interest in the sounds of the '70s, here we get full-blown post-disco '80s vibes that groups like Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran explored. You don't have a second to relax as each track grabs you by the head and throws you into a mix of flowery electronics, frantic drumming, and melodies that trot along with joy. Leader and songwriter Barry Fratteli admits that in his youth he used books and other songs to springboard ideas, but on this album he pulls from "pure imagination" and it shows. Each song has a spontaneous energy where nothing feels too thought out. "Stand up Tragedy" could almost be mistaken for a Sparks song with its sardonic, bizarre lyrics and inflection of blues in the dance rhythms. The guitars melt away with psychedelic waviness and the drums are so robotically perfect it's like a human being is attempting to emulate a drum machine. It's a dollop of pitch perfect pop designed to get stuck in your mind. "The Next Time We Wed" is probably the most modern track they've made to date. Ditching anything remotely nostalgic, the song is a free-flowing rock jam with lyrics that are a little silly, but match perfectly with the bass-heavy synth licks and processed drums. Try to listen to this track and not dance around! Alternatively, "Starcrossed Lovers" is a sweet, orchestrated ballad that is the perfect way to mellow out the album. It still has a major-key melody that's wistful, but when the strings come in, the song overflows with so much emotion that you'll find it impossible to not get sucked in. In Your Own Sweet Time abandons all the sentimentality of their older albums to make something that's increasingly rare in music today: fun.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stand Up Tragedy
The Fratellis 03:45
2.
Starcrossed Losers
The Fratellis 04:31
3.
Sugartown
The Fratellis 03:55
4.
Told You So
The Fratellis 04:02
5.
The Next Time We Wed
The Fratellis 03:24
6.
I've Been Blind
The Fratellis 03:14


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Laughing Gas
The Fratellis 04:05
2.
Advaita Shuffle
The Fratellis 04:25
3.
I Guess… I Suppose...
The Fratellis 03:58
4.
Indestructible
The Fratellis 04:06
5.
I Am That
The Fratellis 06:55

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