New Video: The Hickey Underworld – The Frog

New video from The Hickney Underworld

‘The Frog’ has, unsurprisingly, a rather bouncy and The Black Keys- esque style opening; it is very strong and focussed and carries you perfectly into the track. Up until the one minute thirty mark, it carries on this good, concentrated quality with a solid chorus but then, strangely, it fades and changes as if it’s becoming a new song until it doubles back and repeats the clever, original beat. From then on, the impression of the song is summed up; it’s repetitive. They have a great idea for a song but repeat it too often. If the song was shortened to around three minutes then it would be a decent song but six minutes, I think, is just overkill. The guitar riff at three minutes fits integrally to the song but it swiftly fades back into the original guitar section which makes the track a bit dry.

The band clearly loves to chop and change and, at four minutes, it becomes a new song with an acoustic guitar section underneath a bizarre electronic voice which isn’t quite in keeping with the song. If the band were to pursue that style into a new song entirely, I would thing it an intelligent thing to do but there’s just too much disparity between the style of that section and the rest of the song for them to be included together, side by side. The ending is much like the opening in how it sounds and it is a strong finish; however, the resemblance here to The Black Keys, a good likeness to have, is so apparent that it just seems unoriginal.

For me, ‘The Frog’ takes too much after its title animal and just seems to jump from idea to idea before reverting back to and repeating the original one because it was the best one. It also lacks a sense of originality, some definitive moment in the song which will make you sit up and think ‘Only The Hickey Underworld would do that in a song’. Listening to the song leaves you with the urge to play ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ to the band and particularly exaggerate the part where Scroobius Pip says ‘Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music’.

 Isabel Bryant

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