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Funeral for a Friend

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews


Ive been a Funeral For A Friend fan from the beginning and ive loved every song they have put together and this album is so different from any of there other stuff, this stuff actually reminds me of The Secret Show in a way, metal or no metal on Tales Dont Tell Themselves, these lads have grown up and produced an album not about being angry and lost girlfriends and even death but they have produced a great album on a whole range life issues in a less vicious manner than the pervious albums, which in turn is great, this shows that people change over time and what they express reflects that, yes its different, but its better, an amazing rock album.

Takes A Long While.

I discovered FFAF after seeing Juneau on the TV, I then bought "Seven Ways To Scream","Casually Dressed..." and "Hours". All three were top class, then FFAF announced "Tales Dont Tell Themselves". I went balistic and then got hold of "Out Of Reach", i was blown away, it was just like "Hours" in a way. Then I listened to "Into Oblivion", which was an acceptable single and made me think that this was just an odd mainstream pop song. Bought the record and was shattered. The only tracks you can possibly like on it are "Out Of Reach", "One For The Road", "Into Oblivion" and "Walk Away". It was heartbreaking to see it come out, songs like "The Diary" made me want to throw it away, it was so POP! "On A Wire" was just so slow and had no speed whatsoever. "Raise The Sail" is boring theres no insane riffs, "Open Water" is just plain boring. What the hell was all the obsession over "The Sweetest Wave", its completely boring. Piano? wtf. It took me a while but this deserves at least a 3-star review because half of it is okay but different.


Formed: 2001 in Bridgend, South Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Funeral for a Friend's energized blend of emo, metal, and post-hardcore was created by vocalist Matt Davies, guitarists Kris Roberts and Darran Smith, bassist Gareth Davies, and drummer Randy Richards. The Welsh quintet first appeared in 2002 with a series of EPs and singles, including Between Order and Model, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, and Juneau. Such releases helped land the group on the cover of Kerrang! magazine, a recognition of the band's growing hype that, in turn, earned a record deal...
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