Frightened Rabbit, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks"

83 Billboard Rating

Based on the aftermath of a breakup, Glasgow, Scotland-based rock act Frightened Rabbit's third album, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks," offers reverberating guitars to highlight tales of love and loss. Frontman Scott Hutchison's prose depicts not only grief and confusion, but also the light at the end of the tunnel. On the song "Skip the Youth," which slowly ascends into a flurry of overdriven, frenzied guitars and crashing cymbals, he pleads, "Skip the youth, it's aging me too much." And with cheerful guitar riffs that reveal a faint glimmer of hope on "Nothing Like You," Hutchison croons, "She was not the cure for cancer/All of my questions still asked for answers/But there is nothing like someone new." Such lyrics add to the strength of the material: Any listener who has experienced the emotions associated with a romantic split should appreciate the album.

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