Half Drunk Under A Full Moon

The Fratellis - Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #413 / 427
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
April 2, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
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With every album, The Fratellis tweak and develop their sound to show a new side of themselves, without compromising that part of their music that makes them instantly recognisable. Once again, the lyrics are sensational, and production has reached new heights.


If The Fratellis made a deal with the Devil, album six proves that he’s still in possession of some decent tunes.


Long gone are the scuzzy guitars and studied beery chants, in their place immaculate pop production, theatrical performances and an array of instrumental colour. A good thing then? It's variable.

Record Collector

The ballads are overegged and often topple into cloying schmaltz. But the faster songs here suit the Scots' fairground psychedelia... the uptempo vibe easing them into veteran status without having to compromise along the way.

The Young Folks
The songwriting efforts seem pedestrian and below the band’s usual hit rate. The wind seems to have gone out of their sails, there’s a sense of coasting.
"And if I walked with you awhile; You would make it worth my while; And proceeded to tear me limb from limb"

The old ways are never gone, but at the same time, still keeping us on our toes with different tones.
So after a lengthy delay that was supposed to be released a year ago, The Fratellis are back with their 6th album. Now, The Fratellis to me were stuck in limbo, still searching for their true, glory days and still admire their ability to deliver such significant albums, they ... read more
This sounds like a more upbeat but less original adaptation of ‘Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino’ (the best Arctic Monkeys album). The pre-chorus’s and guitar work is really good. There are some bright and danceable instrumentation choices that make for stand-out moments (like the horns on ‘Need A Little Love’). Another good feature here is the drum builds that are slightly derivative but very effective. Although being 42 minutes of a good time, this album is ... read more
It's an alright album but just sounds like a watered down version of Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The Fratellis tweak their sound on every album but this comes off as Arctic Monkeys lite
If you take Arctic Monkeys, take away from them everything that makes them Arctic Monkeys (special cocky British charm, charisma, energy, Alex Turner's vocals, whose timbre cannot be confused with any other) - you will get this group.

They have always sorely lacked some element of uniqueness to be sufficiently popular. And this album is no exception.
The Fratellis' sound in 2021, wouldn't feel innovative even if it was released in 2007. It's an OK album with a couple of very good tunes, but I definitely got a bit overwhelmed of it after a while.
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Added on: January 23, 2020