We Need Medicine
The Lichtenstein-style cover that graces The Fratellis' comeback album is as close as the Scottish trio get to having anything that could be described as artistic leanings. Musically, they have gone back to basics with the thump-thump-thump glam boogie that made Costello Music a big seller in 2006 and Chelsea Dagger a stalwart of football terraces ever since.
It is a regular 12-bar blues formula that holds no surprises but, at the same time, keeps the party mood bubbling over. Fans who did not rate second album Here We Stand and who have worn out their copies of Costello Music since the band went on hiatus in 2009 will lap it up, even as the detractors point out that one man's good-time rock'n'roll is another man's stuck-in-a-rut, lowest-common-denominator throwback to mid-70s pub-rock from the time that punk forgot.
They have got a better sense of humour than The Stereophonics or Oasis (but fewer ideas, admittedly), and what the album lacks in frills it makes up for in tunes. This Old Ghost Town, for example, sports a cheesy riff that effectively rips off Brown Eyed Girl, but that does not stop it being a great hook - and The Fratellis are certainly in the business of shamelessly peddling such guilty pleasures.