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The Fray's sophomore release picks up where How to Save a Life left off, reprising the same blend of piano-led ballads and midtempo pop
ock that helped establish the band in 2005. International tours and platinum-selling singles may have turned the Fray into a superstar act, but the actual songcraft remains virtually unchanged, with songs like "You Found Me" and "Enough for Now" sounding eerily similar to their predecessors. Those parallels are strengthened by producers Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn, both of whom helmed How to Save a Life and repeat the job here to predictable effect. What's different, then, is the occasional "widening" of the Fray's sound; the rock numbers are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The Fray's sophomore release picks up where How to Save a Life left off, reprising the same blend of piano-led ballads and midtempo pop
ock that helped establish the band in 2005. International tours and platinum-selling singles may have turned the Fray into a superstar act, but the actual songcraft remains virtually unchanged, with songs like "You Found Me" and "Enough for Now" sounding eerily similar to their predecessors. Those parallels are strengthened by producers Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn, both of whom helmed How to Save a Life and repeat the job here to predictable effect. What's different, then, is the occasional "widening" of the Fray's sound; the rock numbers are slightly louder culminating in a percussive, distorted breakdown during "We Build Then We Break" and the ballads somewhat softer, with "Ungodly Hour" standing out as the sparsest of the bunch. The band seems uncomfortable with either extreme, however, either overshooting the rockers or reducing the ballads to little more than Isaac Slade's zealous vocals, which are often so garbled with angsty passion that they might as well be caricaturing the American accent. Like the rest of his bandmates, Slade is most comfortable in the middle, where the Fray comfortably churn out the album's best numbers: the melancholy, minor-keyed "Absolute"; "Syndicate" whose guitar riff in 6/4 time is perhaps the disc's quirkiest moment; and "You Found Me." It's testament to the band's appeal that "You Found Me" became a Top Ten single before The Fray
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 886974536529
  • Catalog Number: 745365
  • Sales rank: 147,370

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Syndicate (3:32)
  2. 2 Absolute (3:49)
  3. 3 You Found Me (4:03)
  4. 4 Say When (5:04)
  5. 5 Never Say Never (4:18)
  6. 6 Where the Story Ends (3:57)
  7. 7 Enough for Now (4:17)
  8. 8 Ungodly Hour (5:07)
  9. 9 We Build Then We Break (3:48)
  10. 10 Happiness (5:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fair Fight
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fray Primary Artist
Dan Rothchild Bass
Dan Lavery Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Greg Latterman Management
William Paden Hensley Digital Editing
Warren Huart Engineer
Lillian Williams Business Consultant
Jeff Linsenmaier Drum Technician
Mike Greek Representation
The Fray Composer
Rod Blackhurst Video Director
Josh Terry Assistant Management
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
Ryan Gilligan Engineer
Aaron J. Johnson Producer
Jason Rio Management
Nathan Johnson Art Direction
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