Album Review: In Your Own Sweet Time by The Fratellis
Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 60 Based on rating 6/10
More than a decade removed from their 2006 debut, Costello Music (their only record to make waves on both sides of the Atlantic), the Fratellis no longer bother with the manic energy that fueled such early hits as "Chelsea Dagger. " Listening to In Your Own Sweet Time -- the band's fifth full-length album, released almost 12 years after their first -- it's hard not to miss that kind of verve, since the trio are settling into a comfortable groove where they emphasize nuanced craft over kinetic kicks. The Fratellis still favor melody, which is their saving grace.
The Fratellis are one of those bands you know, even if you don't think you do, thanks to their track "Flathead" fuelling one of the early iPod commercials from the mid 2000s. Remember the colourful clip with the silhouettes dancing? Yeah, that one!
Equal parts blessing and curse, the Scottish trio never quite maintained the momentum. Nevertheless, they continued releasing music, and while maybe not reaching Apple levels of ubiquity, they've found a nice little following that eats up their delightful mix of rock, swing and cabaret sounds.
Enter In Your Own Sweet Time, which ditches that almost-vaudevillian flair on past tracks like "Creepin Up the Backstairs" to go all in on big rock ballads..