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The Fray

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by The Fray
 

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The Fray's second album picks up where How to Save a Life left off, revisiting the same blend of piano-led balladry and midtempo pop
ock that helped establish the band in 2005. International tours and platinum-selling singles may have turned the Fray into superstars, but the actual songwriting remains unchanged, with songs like "You

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The Fray's second album picks up where How to Save a Life left off, revisiting the same blend of piano-led balladry and midtempo pop
ock that helped establish the band in 2005. International tours and platinum-selling singles may have turned the Fray into superstars, but the actual songwriting remains unchanged, with songs like "You Found Me" and "Enough for Now" sounding quite similar to their predecessors. Those parallels are strengthened by producers Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn, both of whom helped record 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 sounds uncomfortable with either extreme, though, either overshooting the rockers or reducing the ballads to little more than Isaac Slade's zealous vocals, which are often so garbled by his angsty, passionate delivery 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 churns out the album's best numbers: the minor-keyed "Absolute"; "Syndicate" (whose guitar riff in 6/4 time is perhaps the disc's only quirky moment); and the platinum-selling single "You Found Me." It's testament to the band's appeal that "You Found Me" became a Top Ten single before this album was even released, but that probably speaks to its familiarity -- this is, after all, the equivalent of How to Save a Life, Pt. 2 -- rather than any originality.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886971020229
catalogNumber:
5003293
Rank:
112032

Tracks

  1. Syndicate
  2. Absolute
  3. You Found Me
  4. Say When
  5. Never Say Never
  6. Where the Story Ends
  7. Enough for Now
  8. Ungodly Hour
  9. We Build Then We Break
  10. Happiness

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The Fray 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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loveAlyssaMonique More than 1 year ago
The Fray did such a good job with this album, I love it. Great lyrics that are very meaningful I cant wait to see them live in July!
WorldMusicFan More than 1 year ago
Love this CD! The quality of the tracks is just as wonderful as their first release. Their "originality" continues. Very talented and quite remarkable. Wonderful CD...need to add it to your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous CD! I listen to it over and over in my car. I strongly recommend if you like music like The Fray and/or you enjoyed their first CD.
MissBlane More than 1 year ago
I could not wait for the Fray's most recent album to be released, and I must say that they delivered! I played it over and over in my car for a few weeks after its release. This album will not let you down, and I highly recommend it for Fray fans!
BookwormJN More than 1 year ago
It's an okay Cd.
CullenGirl77 More than 1 year ago
The Fray is one of my fav bands ! I have all their cd's and plan on buying anymore they come out with in the future... A great addition to any music fan's collection!
BBeck4242 More than 1 year ago
So, I loved the first album. Couldn't wait for the second, and I am happy to say that I am glued to this album just as I was to the first. A little more melodic, a lot more piano, a little less rock, and much more depth. These are the most prominent features of this album. Put the album on, and just listen- you are taken on a journey. Casually listeners need not apply, because you will probably miss the real beauty of each of these well crafted songs. Some highlights are absolute(as well as the Itunes deluxe additions of accoustic versions of Absolute, You Found Me, Where the story ends as well as two bonus tracks), you found me, happiness, and Ungodly hour. Absolute and You found me are the rock anthem aspect of the album, and happiness and ungodly hour show the depth of emotion and musicainship these guys have. Seriously worth every penny. You won't be able to turn the album off!
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