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Scars & Stories

The Fray

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On its third album, The Fray journeys across physical and emotional landscapes as it fortifies its music with a bolder production approach. Producer Brendan O’Brien pushes The Fray toward a more muscular, aggressive sound while retaining the graceful piano interludes that defined the band’s earlier work. Lead singer Isaac Slade continues to project a heroic (if tormented) presence in defiantly idealistic numbers like “Heartbeat,” “Here We Are," and “The Fighter.” He takes on a seafarer's spirit in “The Wind” and delivers a compelling romantic vignette in “Rainy Zurich.” The band’s underlying Christian faith is expressed most clearly in the stately, hymn-like “Be Still.” At its best, The Fray has the power to disarm the most cynical listener with a heartfelt ballad—it does that here in “I Can Barely Say,” a falsetto-tinged confession of need draped with dramatic orchestration. Big in sound and ambitious in scope, Scars & Stories aims for a wide audience but doesn’t lose its humanity in the process.

Customer Reviews

Amazing.

The Fray never disappoints, and once again comes out with another solid album.

The Fray has done it again!

Another album full of hits. Definitely with the buy. The second half of the album (I can barely say to be still) is exceptionally strong. Standouts/future singles- the fighter, I can barely say, here we are, and best of all rainy Zurich, despite the different singer.

Scars And Stories

I got the chance to stream this album before it came out, and I have to say, I wasn't impressed. Most of the songs I rank as "ok" because I don't hate them nor do I love them.
Heartbeat 9/10 Good song. As the first single off the album, I got to know it before hand and I liked it right off the bat.
The Fighter 7/10 Ok. I didn't like it that much.
Turn Me On 6/10 Probably one of my least favorites on the album.
Run For Your Life 8/10
The Wind 9.5/10 Beautiful. One of my favorites.
1961 8/10
I Can Barely Say 10/10 MY FAVORITE. Absolutely beautiful melody and lyrics.
Munich 8/10
Here We Are 6/10 Catchy, but a bit annoying and over-repetitive.
48 To Go 6/10 Also a bit annoying.
Rainy Zurich 8/10 Not much to say.
Be Still 9.5 Beautiful. Another of my favorites.
In short, standout tracks to me are Heartbeat, The Wind, I Can Barely Say, and Be Still.

It's a good album, but I was not impressed.

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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