The Fray [Deluxe Edition]

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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 ...
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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: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886975999125
  • Catalog Number: 759991
  • Sales rank: 30,888

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 Heartless (4:16)
  2. 2 Never Say Never (4:21)
  3. 3 You Found Me (4:05)
  4. 4 Where the Story Ends (3:19)
  5. 5 Fair Fight (3:07)
  6. 6 Be the One (3:29)
  7. 7 Uncertainty (3:15)
  8. 8 How to Save a Life (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fray Primary Artist
Dan Rothchild Bass Guitar
Dan Lavery Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Ernest Wilson Composer
Aaron Johnson Producer
Warren Huart Engineer
Mark Maher Engineer
Kanye West Composer
Mike Flynn Producer
The Fray Composer, Producer
Isaac Slade Composer
Joe King Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awsome

    the fray is an awsome band, and their music is even better. all the songs have a good meaning and they sound great, beat and all, i love it!

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