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Editors’ Notes

A nervous sort of compassion pervades The Fray’s self-titled 2009 sophomore album. Those who connected with the Denver-based quartet’s huge 2006 hit “How to Save a Life” will find a similar combination of atmospheric, piano-centered melody and earnestly delivered emotion throughout this release. Once again, singer Isaac Slade’s gnarled phrasing and general air of anxiousness is the focal point of the band’s tunes. Songs like “Where the Story Ends”, “Enough for Now” and “We Build Then We Break” allude to unhealed family wounds and looming romantic breakups in fragmented, pain-wracked imagery. As the closing track “Happiness” makes clear, joy is difficult to find in Fray-land. Spiritual issues are touched upon, with God Himself coming in for a tongue-lashing in “You Found Me.” The album’s arrangements favor shimmering textures over rhythmic drive, often settling into rolling mid-tempo grooves à la Keane, Coldplay and early U2. When the formula catches fire — as it does on “Never Say Never” and “Ungodly Hour,” for instance — the band’s music conveys a genuine sense of longing and need.

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Sublime!

On reading the review from the ITunes store I was at first rather hesitant to purchase the album, don't be! Being an avid fan of How to save a life I was dubious about how good the second album could be, I agree that the album isn't much different from the first in style and tempo and this is for good reason. How to save a life was superb and I was able to identify to each track for various reasons, The Fray's new self titled album didn't need to be wacky or quirky, it works so well because they did it so well the first time. If it aint broke dont fix it, well done guys for a gorgeous and what is clearly a well put together piece of work.

Brilliant

what an album, didnt think the new album was gonna live up to the success of the first album which was really good, but it has after hearing you found me i had to pre-order it, and the album is great!!!!

Amazing

I was up all nite till 12:30 to download this and omg this album is amazing. the fray are one of few people to make there 2nd album as good as their first. and it was released on my birthday :D must have for all fray fans :D full on grateness

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Denver, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

By pitching their music somewhere between the arena-friendly style of U2 and the mature pop/rock of bands like Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, the Fray rose to commercial prominence with their 2005 debut, How to Save a Life. The Denver-based band had formed three years prior, when former schoolmates Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals) unexpectedly bumped into each other at a local music store. The pair began a series of two-man jam sessions and soon expanded their lineup with two...
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