Tales Don't Tell Themselves

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When a band unleashes a two-part song as the centerpiece of their album, it's a clear sign that the art fix is in -- and so is the case with Funeral for a Friend, whose third album, Tales Don't Tell Themselves, is some kind of nautical concept album just like Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but not really!. Producer Gil Norton certainly provides crucial assistance in giving Funeral's music a cinematic splendor and a glossy pop sheen, turning Tales Don't Tell Themselves into an unapologetic big rock record -- big in its sound, big in its hooks, big in its ambitions, big in every way except singer Matt Davies' voice, which is still a thin, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When a band unleashes a two-part song as the centerpiece of their album, it's a clear sign that the art fix is in -- and so is the case with Funeral for a Friend, whose third album, Tales Don't Tell Themselves, is some kind of nautical concept album just like Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but not really!. Producer Gil Norton certainly provides crucial assistance in giving Funeral's music a cinematic splendor and a glossy pop sheen, turning Tales Don't Tell Themselves into an unapologetic big rock record -- big in its sound, big in its hooks, big in its ambitions, big in every way except singer Matt Davies' voice, which is still a thin, tremulous instrument when he sings. He can get swallowed up by the waves of guitars, but that plainspoken voice accentuates the group's post-hardcore roots, which otherwise are quickly receding into the past as of this record. This lack of aggression, whether it's in the buzzing guitars or absent screams, could very well alienate longtime fans, but Funeral for a Friend not only displays an increased sense of ambition on this sweeping great leap forward, they also display a greater sense of accomplishment, as writers and musicians. They may be shedding their old skin here, but the growth is a fascinating thing to witness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678998935
  • Catalog Number: 136060
  • Sales rank: 205,630

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funeral for a Friend Primary Artist
Heather Cairncross Choir, Chorus
Nick Cooper Cello
Susan Dench Viola
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Choir, Chorus
Luis Jardim Tambourine, Shaker, cowbell
Anne Lines Cello
Audrey Riley Conductor
Juliet Snell Violin
Nigel Thomas Timpani
Janet Atkins Viola
Fenella Barton Violin
Jayne Harris Violin
Katherine Shave Violin
Peter Lale Viola
Richard Bissell French Horn
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Clare Thompson Violin
Richard Watkins French Horn
Micaela Haslam Leader, Choir, Chorus
Helena Rathbone Choir, Chorus
Gareth Davies Group Member
Joan Atherton Violin
Corin Long Bass
Synergy Vocals Choir, Chorus
Amanda Morrison Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Bradley Bass
Emma Welton Violin
Peter Collyer Viola
Andrew Fuller Cello
Laura Melhuish Violin
Robert Salter Violin, Leader
Darran Smith Group Member
Ryan Richards Group Member
Jacqueline Barron Choir, Chorus
Kris Coombs Roberts Group Member
Matthew Davies Group Member
Lianne Francis Vocals
Ann Mordee Violin
Harry Napier Cello
Liz Partdrige Violin
Gerard O'Beirne Choir, Chorus
Andrew Butler Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Gil Norton Producer
Audrey Riley Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Dick Beetham Mastering
Adrian Bushby Engineer
John Dunne Digital Editing
Craig Jennings Management
Funeral for a Friend Composer
Helen Atkinson Engineer
Thy Bui Artwork
Mike Hosey Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta Get This

    Okay, honestly I haven't heard FFAF's older stuff, but I picked this up and loved it! I usually play new cd's until i'm beyond sick of them, but I liked their sound so much that I resisted the urge to overplay them! The cd is wicked catchy, the lead's voice is hypnotic, there's some sweet riffs in here, just overall a really CATCHY album. GET IT!

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