Costello Music

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Brash, melodic, and imbued with a more-than-healthy sense of British rock tradition, the Fratellis and their debut album, Costello Music, come across almost like a caricature of bands like the Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, and Arctic Monkeys -- but at least it's a flattering one. The Fratellis take themselves a lot less seriously than some of the other laddish bands popular in the U.K. in the late 2000s, and emphasize hooks and fun rather than samey-sounding rock. Songs like "Baby Fratelli" and "The Gutterati" have a singalong simplicity, and it feels like the band puts as many "la la la"s and "ba da ba"s into each song as they can -- and then try to cram in a few ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Brash, melodic, and imbued with a more-than-healthy sense of British rock tradition, the Fratellis and their debut album, Costello Music, come across almost like a caricature of bands like the Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, and Arctic Monkeys -- but at least it's a flattering one. The Fratellis take themselves a lot less seriously than some of the other laddish bands popular in the U.K. in the late 2000s, and emphasize hooks and fun rather than samey-sounding rock. Songs like "Baby Fratelli" and "The Gutterati" have a singalong simplicity, and it feels like the band puts as many "la la la"s and "ba da ba"s into each song as they can -- and then try to cram in a few more. Costello Music's best tracks go even farther with the band's fun-only agenda; it's easy to hear why "Flathead" -- which switches between grinding, aggressive verses and a downright giddy chorus with more of those "ba da bop a dah" hooks -- was picked to soundtrack a fittingly day-glo, kinetic iPod TV commercial. The outstanding single "Chelsea Dagger" is just as vibrant, a swaggering glam rock nugget with pints-aloft choruses. "Henrietta"'s loopy catchiness owes a debt to vaudeville or musical comedy, and not just because Jon Fratelli sings "wa wa wa waaaahhh" along with the guitar solo; "For the Girl," meanwhile, has a melody so strong, it could've been a hit anytime between the '60s and the '90s. Elsewhere on Costello Music, the Fratellis show off their knowledge of other corners of rock history: "Vince the Lovable Stoner" is appealing faux country-rock; "Doginabag" adds some blues and grit to their sound; and "Creepin' Up the Back Stairs" nods to '50s rock and skiffle. Even when the band gets a little more complex, as on the darkly twangy "Got Ma Nuts from a Hippy," they keep the focus on rapid-fire rhythms and air guitar-ready solos. Indeed, Costello Music is so high-energy, it's almost too much to take in one sitting. Then again, this music wasn't made for sitting, it was made for dancing yourself silly. They might not have the cultural or historical impact of some of their peers, but the Fratellis are a lot of fun in the moment -- whenever that moment is.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
Their punchy choruses and propulsive garage riffs are as addictive as those of 2006 sensations Arctic Monkeys.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Cherry Tree
  • UPC: 602517246751
  • Catalog Number: 000856102
  • Sales rank: 20,927

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fratellis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Todd Burke Engineer
Tony Hoffer Producer, Engineer
Sam Hadley Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Band! Reccommend buy

    The first time I heard this band was during an early morning shift at work. My sister had placed the band on my ipod and I thought I'd it give a shot while stocking. Omg. Perfect. Up beat, storytelling, catchy, perfect for dancing. I highly reccommend this band if you're looking for something that will keep you entertained and energized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good but too catchy

    this cd is awesome i like it alot. my only complaint is that its too catchy and i know that itll get reall irritating in like two weeks so know this before you buy it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MON THE FRATELLIS!!!

    The best band ever! I never get tired of them. Ever. This band is like the Twilight book series. I NEED IT!!! I never thought there would be a better band than Hellogoodbye, but I was proven wrong! LISTEN TO IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally Good Music

    there hasn't been a new band like this since Franz ferdinand- and even then, no band has been this original in a long long time. Chelsea Dagger, Henrietta, Flathead, and creepin up the backstairs are all standout tracks. If your looking for something new and great, then this album is a def. buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mon the Fratellis!

    This Scottish band broke through in the US with their iPod commercial friendly "Flathead". They rocked SXSW, and sold out shows in NYC and LA. Big things are coming from this group with hooks that are classic pop with a style that channels the rock and roll swagger of Doherty/Barat and the vintage pleasure of 60s guitar rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock for the Fun of It

    They're not terribly deep, but Fratellis and their music are a lot of fun to listen to. It's mostly garage rock, but every track has the slightest touch of everything from music hall to blues to glam rock to football chant. Personal favorites include the loping ballad "Whistle for the Choir", the raucous "Chelsea Dagger", and the frantic "Creepin up the Backstairs". Overall, a fun album for playing at parties and dances. This isn't sit-down-listen-and-breathe-in-the-social-commentary music. This is stand-up-dance-and-have-a-good-time music. Sidenotes: this American copy of the album is slightly different from the original UK album: Gone is "City Boys and C*ntry Girls" (probably the weakest song from the UK album anyway), and replacing it is "The Gutterati?" a better song from the original Fratellis EP. And don't be fooled once you get the CD--a thirteenth track, "Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes" is there, just unlisted on the back cover and inside the CD booklet.

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