11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since 2005’s How to Save a Life, the Denver-based quartet have delivered unflinchingly emotional sentimentality through distinct piano-driven rock. While Helios still delivers ample tenderness and vulnerability, it’s more forceful than any of The Fray’s previous studio albums. Lead singer Isaac Slade alternates between an ethereal falsetto and a delicate rasp—whether it’s on punchy, Killers-style rockers or tunes built on gauzy, reverb-soaked synths and percussion. The result is an album that feels both instantly familiar (like the sweepingly emotive “Break Your Plans”) and ornate (like the graceful “Shadow and a Dancer”).

When you pre-order Helios, “Love Don’t Die” and “Hurricane” will start downloading instantly. You’ll be charged for the tracks, and the remainder of the album’s cost will be charged separately when it becomes available.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since 2005’s How to Save a Life, the Denver-based quartet have delivered unflinchingly emotional sentimentality through distinct piano-driven rock. While Helios still delivers ample tenderness and vulnerability, it’s more forceful than any of The Fray’s previous studio albums. Lead singer Isaac Slade alternates between an ethereal falsetto and a delicate rasp—whether it’s on punchy, Killers-style rockers or tunes built on gauzy, reverb-soaked synths and percussion. The result is an album that feels both instantly familiar (like the sweepingly emotive “Break Your Plans”) and ornate (like the graceful “Shadow and a Dancer”).

When you pre-order Helios, “Love Don’t Die” and “Hurricane” will start downloading instantly. You’ll be charged for the tracks, and the remainder of the album’s cost will be charged separately when it becomes available.

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