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INTRO (from Wiki)
Costello Music is the debut album by Scottish indie rock band The Fratellis. It was released on 11 September 2006 on Fallout Records and Drop the Gun Recordings and on 13 March 2007 on Cherrytree Records in the U.S. and was a success, peaking at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and spent 83 weeks in the Top 100. It debuted behind FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake and stayed in the #2 position for two more weeks, this time behind Ta-Dah by Scissor Sisters.
The album had five single releases, as well as the download-only EP Flathead. “Chelsea Dagger” was the most successful single, peaking at #5 in the UK and #4 in the Netherlands, but the other singles failed to chart in most countries.
The band toured the record internationally, playing shows in Europe, the United States and Japan, and won the 2007 BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act. As of March 2018, the album had sold 1,145,000 copies in the UK.
Mick – “Sorry to say I didn’t like it at all man. Had a few listens and on the third listen it began to irritate me to be honest. I only knew Chelsea Dagger and was never one I massively liked. I’m not sure what it is about them that I don’t like – the guy’s voice is a bit frantic or something and the music kinda sounded the same with very similar drums and beats in a lot of the songs.
If I had to say one thing, I thought Got Ma Nuts From A Hippie wasn’t the worst but that’s just picking a bad one from a worse album for me.
They’re obviously doing something right having so many albums but defo not for me. Don’t think I’ll be listening to this or any other Fratellis any time soon. Sorry about that rather harsh review but blame the Fratellis, I still like you.”
Clarkey – “I think that album is ok in small doses, after 3 songs it’s really enough. I had the album years ago and thought the same then.”
E.P. – “I’m a bit like Mick. I didn’t hate it now, just not enough to grab me. Thought it was all a bit samey samey. Kind of band I don’t mind listen to a song on the radio, but not a full album. I do like Chelsea Dagger though.”
Molly – “It’s a good one time listen. Chelsea Dagger is a great tune but couldn’t see myself in paying to see them. They are a bit of a less serious version of the Kaiser Chiefs. Defo worth a listen, but just the one listen.”
Spud – “I agree that some of the songs are a bit samesy but I liked the album, maybe because I hadn’t listened to it before.
On yer man’s voice, I was surprised to learn that they’re from Glasgow because he sounds like a London geezer which reminded me of the Arctic Monkeys. Thought they were a bit like The Strokes too – fast paced guitars and drums.
Henrietta and Flathead are good tunes to open with followed by a nice change of pace with Whistle For The Choir before Chelsea Dagger is rolled out. It was the only one I knew, and I still like it – great song! But it’s not my favourite, that would have to be Creepin Up the Backstairs. Thought Baby Fratelli was quality too.
Least favourite songs are actually either side of my favourite; Doginabag and Vince The Loveable Stoner.
Aside from that bit of a wobble in the middle, it’s a great album.”
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SONGS ADDED TO THE MUSIC NIGHTS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:
- Chelsea Dagger
- Creepin Up The Backstairs
Immunity by Jon Hopkins
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