Top 10 Songs of the Year: Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

March 6, 2010

9. There were many long drives across the state in 2008 listening to The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit. A few life-changing events occured, and without going into much detail, I can think of no other voice accurately representing that nearing-thirty uncertainty than that of Scott Hutchison. Dude sings completely unsure of what he wants to convey in the first place – his wavering Scottish accent is a stiff example of why it’s not important to know “how to sing” via markers such as Chris Cornell, American Idol, etc. I’m not sure what I’m talking about, but the various vocal inflections in the song “Poke” are probably the best case in point:

To make a long story short, I obtained The Midnight Organ Fight under no legal terms and listened to it on my iPod for approximately 16 months, and I ashamedly have just now gotten around to buying it. Along with that, I pre-ordered Frightened Rabbit’s The Winter of Mixed Drinks, and it’ll hopefully be here Wednesday. And voila, the 9th best song of the year, from their yet-to-be-released album March 9th:

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