Live album review for The Skinny
Liver! Lung! FR! is an intermediary fan-pleaser in which Frightened Rabbit serve up a no-nonsense semi-acoustic live set, rigidly following the track-listing of The Skinny’s album of 2008, The Midnight Organ Fight.
So you might rightly question the worth of such an endeavour; most live albums usually wheel out an unexpected cover after all. Irrelevant, because this is a band already renowned for their near-transcendent shows, playing a superlative album to a room of real fans at Glasgow’s intimate Captain’s Rest. Ask yourself, do you really need that self-conscious Pavement cover?
Still not convinced? Well, there are a couple of ‘bonus features’: Glasgow troubadour Ross Clark “pulls a mandolin from his arse” to guest on Old Old Fashioned, while Twilight Sad singer and bezzie mate James Graham scales the vocal heights of Keep Yourself Warm. Shut your eyes and you’re there, tapping your toe at the front. This may be a fan-pleaser, but only deaf hermits aren’t fans by now.
Released on 30 Mar via Fat Cat records
Frightened Rabbit play Captain’s Rest, Glasgow on 31 Mar and The Bowery, Edinburgh on 3 Apr.