Boomkat Product Review:
A follow-up to the band's recently reissued Sing The Greys album, The Midnight Organ Fight is a resoundingly convincing sophomore effort, significantly refining Frightened Rabbit's Caledonian pop capabilities. The songs are more instantly rewarding and there's a considerably heightened sense of scale, with far more going on in the way of depth and detail, something that can partly be credited to the mixing and engineering skills of Peter Katis, who has previously assisted big-hitting indie rock types like Interpol and The National. The fullness of the album's sound might be regarded by some, more cynical types as a masking technique to cover for a lack of songwriting dynamics, and there's certainly a tendency towards repetition here, which is partly attributable to a slightly limited, formulaic approach to the instrumental elements (it is a winning formula, in all fairness) and the distinctive vocal style of Scott Hutchison, who at times sounds like a Scottish Michael Stipe. More generally there's something R.E.M.-ish about this band: despite the more exploratory tendencies of album's final phase, the bulk of the material here sounds as if it has roots in feisty American college rock, and it works a treat on 'The Modern Leper', 'Fast Blood' and 'Head Rolls Off', although the words "Counting" and "Crows" spring ominously to mind during 'Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms'.