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White Rabbits: It’s Frightening

White Rabbits' new album pulsates with “big, intertwining beats” and multilayered effects.

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It’s Frightening shows no symptoms of the sophomore-album syndrome, said Colin St. John in Time Out New York. The White Rabbits have followed 2007’s Fort Nightly with a “real rock ’n’ roll record,” thanks largely to Spoon’s Britt Daniel, who produces. Kicking off with the heart-pounding “Percussion Gun,” the album pulsates with “big, intertwining beats” and multilayered effects that call to mind Phil Spector. A few tracks might be mistaken for Spoon songs, but repeated listening reveals a “treasure trove of complexity” that’s all this band’s own. Most tracks pack enough “polyrhythms for three regular songs,” said Eric Harvey in Pitchforkmedia.com. The raw energy of “Lionesse” propels forward as frontman Stephen Patterson plunks on the piano, screaming, “Listen to me!” “The Lady Vanishes” and “Leave It at the Door” both “dive deeply into the shadows, letting the album slowly dissolve.” The White Rabbits can walk away from It’s Frightening as “cocksure as prizefighters.”

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