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Tales Don't Tell Themselves

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

...So FFaF tell them for us instead.

A concept album about a fisherman stranded at sea, away from his wife and daughter. It doesn't sound like the foundations for a brilliant rock record, does it? I must admit, seeds of doubt in my mind were sown during pre-album interviews when the band talked a lot about moving away from their signature screamo sound and into more classic rock territory. Doubts over whether the band as a whole was up to the challenge. They are. And how. 'Tales Don't Tell Themselves' is a stunning collection of songs, ahich somehow do actually tell a story fairly well as part of the bargain. A stunning entrance with 'Into Oblivion (Reunion)', which has a chorus so huge it could topple mountains, sees the album start as it means to go on. Equally as impressive are 'The Great Wide Open' and the 'All Hands On Deck, Pt. 1' and 'All Hands On Deck, Pt. 2'. Funeral For A Friend have somehow pulled off a fantastic rock record. The best song is saved for near the end of the album. Now me being silly and buying it from Tesco, I don't know what 'Rise and Fall' and 'Crash and Burn' sound like. But the best song on the album is undoubtedly 'Walk Away'. A gorgeous lead guitar line falls into place with solid rhythm playing, all held together with a frankly beautiful vocal performance from Matt Davies. Astounding, and easily the best thing Funeral For A Friend have ever put their name to. The only problem I can see people having is the 'lack of distortion' or 'lack of heavy songs'. Funeral Fo A Friend have moved away from the scene that birthed them, but it's for the best. Funeral For A Friend are dead. Long live Funeral For A Friend.

nice!

this albums great go buy it now. this i can honestly say is the best to come out of ffaf. its all thriller no killer. And im seeing them live. whoop whoop. anyway buy it and enjoy!

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Biography

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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