Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Welsh combo Funeral for a Friend pushes metal to the bottom for Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation, its ambitious debut full-length. The chugging riffs are there, yes. But Funeral's heavy metal guitar lines are only guides for the surging melodies and sing/scream dynamics common to the new nation of post-hardcore rocket operators. From Autumn to Ashes, Alexisonfire -- these are just a couple of the band's peers in this, both offering their own versions of what's become a signature sound. For their part, it's Funeral's melodic sense that defines them. After all the stereotypical screaming and the heart-immolating lyrics "I'm dying here in front of you"; "And in my...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Welsh combo Funeral for a Friend pushes metal to the bottom for Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation, its ambitious debut full-length. The chugging riffs are there, yes. But Funeral's heavy metal guitar lines are only guides for the surging melodies and sing/scream dynamics common to the new nation of post-hardcore rocket operators. From Autumn to Ashes, Alexisonfire -- these are just a couple of the band's peers in this, both offering their own versions of what's become a signature sound. For their part, it's Funeral's melodic sense that defines them. After all the stereotypical screaming and the heart-immolating lyrics "I'm dying here in front of you"; "And in my hands our blood recovered", cuts like "Escape Artists Never Die" and "Waking Up" are still pretty damn hooky. Vocalist Matt Davies even has a bit of Brandon Boyd's willowy soulfulness. Despite its overdramatic title, "Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings" plays its metallic rhythms perfectly off a relentlessly triumphant chorus. "Storytelling" layers a rack of full-blown backup harmonies over its chunky power chords, while "Red Is the New Black" returns to the old raw throat/heartsick singer standby. The common elements in Funeral for a Friend's sound need some seasoning to keep up with their powerful melodies. But Casually Dressed is still a solid debut, and proves that there's hope for Welsh rock beyond Lostprophets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Ferret Records
  • UPC: 828136004828
  • Catalog Number: 48
  • Sales rank: 177,096

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funeral for a Friend Primary Artist, Group
Randy Richards Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Gareth Davies Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Davies Vocals
Kris Roberts Guitar, Group Member
Darran Smith Guitar, Group Member
Ryan Richards Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Matthew Davies Vocals, Group Member
Kris Roberts Guitar
Technical Credits
Matt Hyde Engineer
Colin Richardson Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Wil Bartle Engineer
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Funeral for a Friend Composer, Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not great

    Not much really stands out on this album, Novella has some good guitar sounds, Waking Up pretty much spells out the rest of the CD, not horrible but very typical amd predictable from there on out. Your Revolution is a good ballad, with decent vocals. In this listener's opinion, Revolution is probably the best song on the CD, the rest seems to fall short. The band has a decent sound, the final mix is decent. You can tell that there is talent, but this CD doesn't really bring out the full potential that is there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two stars indeed.

    i was hoping i would get something original when i bought this cd mainly because i've never heard them and alot of bands that i've never heard and stumble accross are good. But..now i see why they aren't well known. Very very disapointing and mainstream. I ended up selling this cd on ebay for a dollar..and it took three auctions to do so, which shows how many people like them :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay...

    Okay, but definitely not great. Their music isn't anything original and it was pretty mediocre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    obsessed with ffaf

    this is a totally awesome cd i absolutely love escape artists never die

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dissapointed

    This cd was okay, but after hearing bullet theory on the ferret music sampler I was a little dissapointed with the rest of the CD, despite it not being what I expected, the cd was still decent musically, I was just expecting a harder sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best quality bands ever!!!

    I agree that Funeral for a Friend is one of the best bands the UK has to offer. I can never get tired of their flowing, energetic style. This album is definitely worth purchasing, and deserves a place in anyone's CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their biggest fan!

    This has to be the best cd in the world. when i got it i could not stop playing it. I recommend it to anyone who likes rock.

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