The Love I Had Before is a mixtape made for a friend who was not at all into Valentine’s Day. This mix will not pump you up. It’s best listened to when laying alone in the dark.
The Love I Had Before 01| Keep Yourself Warm by Frightened Rabbit
02| 50 Ways by Telekinesis
03| Bring It On by The Gaslight Anthem
04| Madder Red by Yeasayer
05| My My Mind by Apex Manor
06| Signs by Bloc Party
07| Go Home by Bad Veins
08| Heart Skipped a Beat by the xx
09| When I’m Small by Phantogram
10| Kettering by The Antlers
11| Blood Bank by Bon Iver
12| Metal Heart by Cat Power
13| I Would Be Sad by The Avett Brothers
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Instead of a “Best Of” list, M|H is presenting you with a favorites list. There were too many purportedly great albums, songs, and shows we didn’t get around to hearing/seeing. The albums are listed chronologically, but other than that there’s no particular order to our selection. Please point out our glaring omissions.
The Winter of Mixed Drinks, the third album from Selkirk, Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit, is a sea-bound tale of letting go but still feeling the tide nipping at your heels. Where previous release Midnight Organ Fight left off expounding singer Scott Hutchison’s messy breakup, The Winter of Mixed Drinks picks up with what comes next.
Building around the single “Swim Until You Can’t See Land“, a song at once expansive and folding back in on itself like waves to shore, Hutchison sings songs of floods and drowning and picking oneself out of the ensuing wreckage.
Though this release is less confessional and more sonically complex, there are a few signs that the past has left an indelible mark. “Nothing Like You” could have been a cut off Midnight Organ Fight, with lyrics like “here’s your shovel, here’s the ground” landing in the ballpark of such gems as “you’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it“. However, for what Hutchison and Frightened Rabbit gained in growth and perspective, they have lost in the sheer emotional one-two punch that made MOF so enduring and listenable.