An astonishingly assured debut from this Bournemouth band, who take indie rock and make it sound elegant, interesting, and seductively, arrogantly great, as if Muse covered Keane with a dash of swagger. The song Get In Line is funkier indie than the Fratellis can manage, and it isn't even down as a single yet.
It would be easy to underestimate this album on first listen - is it a bit too close to heavier Keane, a smidge too much beefy-Snow Patrol? - but second and subsequent listenings reveal why Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq have been fans for a while. Nothing on the album is as good as Get In Line, but the single Shooting Star is a great Feeder-like moment of rock, and it is accompanied by a few other great rock songs.
The album is short, and the odd so-so moment quickly passes by. It's not an album that aims to appeal to the bleeding edge indie kids, for whom this album will contain far too much mainstream appeal; if you come from the other direction, however, and have been satisfied with some Coldplay but want more Fratellis mixed into it, Fractured Life's your disc.