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The Fray
THE FRAY
Release Date: no month , Feb.
Producer(s): Aaron Johnson, Mike Flynn
Label/Catalog Number: Epic
February 07, 2009 ET

The Fray

As the Fray's sophomore album winds to a close, frontman Isaac Slade announces that "all is not well" —which lets you know the mood of these 10 tracks is not exactly cheerful. "The Fray" is a more angst-filled and melancholy set than you'd expect from a group following up a double-platinum debut, populated with songs about lost love and tortured souls. But hand-wringing music sells, especially when it also hews close to the melodic, piano-driven pop of 2005's "How to Save a Life." Choruses swell on "Syndicate" and "You Found Me," the album's first single. The airily upbeat "Where the Story Ends" nods to Coldplay, and a trio of songs—the gentle "Ungodly Hour," the fuzzy-grooved "We Build Then We Break" and the subtly building "Happiness" —bring the album to a powerful and emotionally rich close. On the last song, Slade sings, "Happiness damn near destroys you"—but it's certainly in no danger of ruining the Fray. —Gary Graff



The Fray
THE FRAY
Release Date: no month , Feb.
Producer(s): Aaron Johnson, Mike Flynn
Label/Catalog Number: Epic
February 07, 2009 ET

The Fray

As the Fray's sophomore album winds to a close, frontman Isaac Slade announces that "all is not well" —which lets you know the mood of these 10 tracks is not exactly cheerful. "The Fray" is a more angst-filled and melancholy set than you'd expect from a group following up a double-platinum debut, populated with songs about lost love and tortured souls. But hand-wringing music sells, especially when it also hews close to the melodic, piano-driven pop of 2005's "How to Save a Life." Choruses swell on "Syndicate" and "You Found Me," the album's first single. The airily upbeat "Where the Story Ends" nods to Coldplay, and a trio of songs—the gentle "Ungodly Hour," the fuzzy-grooved "We Build Then We Break" and the subtly building "Happiness" —bring the album to a powerful and emotionally rich close. On the last song, Slade sings, "Happiness damn near destroys you"—but it's certainly in no danger of ruining the Fray. —Gary Graff



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