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How to Save a Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On and On and On

    I heard "Over MY Head" on a TV cable series, found it catchy, and wanted to hear more from the group. After an eventful personal odyssey, I finally discovered this CD, but it ultimately turned out to be a wasted effort. The debut album for this piano-based-sounding group (from Denver-if that has any significance) is pleasant enough, that is, on first listening, but it too soon becomes superficial and redundant. The enticing single "Over My Head" does have an entertaining chorus and memorable refrain that makes nice use of the cable car metaphor. Yet, unfortunately the majority of the compositions on this album sound as if they were manufactured by a cookie cutter song machine. Indeed, I don't think I ever remember hearing selections that were so much alike: they use a very (that's VERY) similar musical structure, are almost identical in studio production, and follow the same form by opening with an understated verse which then moves speedily to chorus, repeated and repeated to make the statement. A slight exception might be the title track "How To Save A Life" (apparently played on Grey's Anatomy) with its delicate piano intro and tender ballad-like message or "She Is" which demonstrates a bit of a driving rhythm. Even so, note that both still employ the repetitious chorus. The rest aren't even worth comment other than to say they are undistinguished [read undistiguishable]. The lead singer's voice, which by the way is reminiscent of David Gray's [no pun intended], may fit the tone of "Over My Head," but, likewise, by the time you hear him on two or three of the other whining tracks [incidentally- NOT like David Gray], you'll want to be rescued from the experience. The continued exposure will either annoy you or put you to sleep. To the point, this first album for The FRAY demonstrates that the group understands the concept of formula far too well. They should appreciate, however, that comfortable and familiar often leads very quickly to boring. With that in mind, most if not all of this can be thrown in the waste bin unless you are looking for sounds that will induce deep slumber. To be honest, its most salient charcteristic is monotony. It is short on ideas and reveals little depth or creative effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bland

    These songs don't have an edge to them, they're too comfortable. They're not bad, but they don't draw me in or make me go wow that was a great song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    "How To Save A Life" was a good "pull-you-in" title song. That is about the end of it. I find the cd boring and hard to keep interested, but does have a couple favorable songs to listen to when one is depressed. Would recommend this to those who like Five for Fighting.

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