Pedestrian Verse

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Pedestrian Verse
Studio album by Frightened Rabbit
Released 4 February 2013 (2013-02-04)
Genre Indie rock
Length 42:28
Language English
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Leo Abrahams and Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit chronology
State Hospital
Pedestrian Verse
Singles from Pedestrian Verse
  1. "State Hospital"
    Released: 1 August 2012
  2. "The Woodpile"
    Released: 14 December 2012
  3. "Backyard Skulls"
    Released: 1 April 2013

Pedestrian Verse is the fourth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, released on 4 February 2013 in the UK and Europe, and on February 5, 2013 in the US.[1] It is the debut LP for the band on major label Atlantic Records, with their previous studio albums released via independent label Fat Cat Records. The album features production from Leo Abrahams.[2]


Pedestrian Verse differed from the recording of the band's other records in that songs were written and practised while on tour, rather than having the songs being novel when recording was commenced, giving the songs a more "worn-in" feel, rather than an "edgy" one. The record also marked the first instance of lead songwriter Scott Hutchison sharing the role with the rest of the band. As a result, Hutchison has stated that Pedestrian Verse is the best record that the band has produced.[3]

In the writing of the album, Hutchison initially set out to create songs with broader subject matter, rather than just referring to his personal relationships. However, during the process of writing the album, Hutchison experienced another break-up, found that "it was all he could think about," leaving the record with a more "personal" section.[4]

The title of the album is taken from a line in the song "State Hospital", which features as track 9 on the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Frightened Rabbit, lyrics written by Scott Hutchison.

Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Acts of Man"   4:54
2. "Backyard Skulls"   3:09
3. "Holy"   3:39
4. "The Woodpile"   3:27
5. "Late March, Death March"   4:02
6. "December's Traditions"   4:09
7. "Housing (in)"   1:30
8. "Dead Now"   4:08
9. "State Hospital"   4:37
10. "Nitrous Gas"   3:10
11. "Housing (out)"   1:04
12. "The Oil Slick"   4:39
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "If You Were Me"   2:55
14. "Snow Still Melting"   3:27
15. "Escape Route"   3:29


  • Scott Hutchison - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Billy Kennedy - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, additional bass
  • Andy Monaghan - bass guitar, additional guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Gordan Skene - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Grant Hutchison - drums, percussion, backing vocals


  • Produced by Leo Abrahams
  • Mixed by Craig Silvey
  • Artwork and photography by Scott Hutchison, dlt, and Joby Barnard.


Critical response to Pedestrian Verse has been positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream music critics, the album received an average score of 79, based on 26 reviews, which indicates "Generally favorable reviews".[5] Nick Meredith of The Underclassed gave the album a positive review stating that "Not only has their style diversified, they have managed to blend all the good things from their previous offerings into one cohesive album".[6] It won Scottish music website The Pop Cop's annual Best Album award.[7]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V Club A[8]
BBC Music favourable[9]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[10]
Contactmusic 9/10[11]
Digital Spy 5/5 stars[12]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[13]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[14]
NME 8/10[15]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[16]
Rock Sound 8/10[17]
Q 4/5 stars[15]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[18]
Under the Radar 8/10[5]


  1. ^ Battan, Carrie (7 November 2012). "Frightened Rabbit announce new album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Eakin, Marah (7 November 2012). "Frightened Rabbit announces new full length, Pedestrian Verse". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Frightened Rabbit (January 10, 2013). "The Making of Pedestrian Verse". Atlantic Records UK. 
  4. ^ Tieleman, Tamar (Interviewer); Hutchison, Scott (Band member) (January 10, 2013). "Frightened Rabbit Interview at Eurosonic 2013 KX Radio/Shoudio". Groningen: Tieleman, Tamar. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Pedestrian Verse". Metacritic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Meredith, Nick (5 February 2013). "Review: ‘Pedestrian Verse’ the new album from Frightened Rabbit". The Underclassed. 
  7. ^ "The best albums of 2013". The Pop Cop. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Kyle. "Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse". The Onion. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Jude (24 January 2013). "Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Review". BBC. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Megan, Ritt. "Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse Album Review". Contact Music. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Silverstein, Adam (28 January 2012). "Frightened Rabbit: 'Pedestrian Verse' - Album review". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Tudor, Alexander (29 January 2013). "Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Simpson, Dave (31 January 2013). "Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse – review". London: The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Pedestrian Verse by Frightened Rabbit reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Maddux, Rachael. "Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Hidden, Chris (March 2013), "Frightened Rabbit 'Pedestrian Verse' (Atlantic)", Rock Sound (Freeway Press Inc.) (171): 84, ISSN 1465-0185 
  18. ^ Carle, Darren. "Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse". The Skinny (Radge Media). Retrieved 1 February 2013.