The Fray – How To Save A Life (2005)

Title: How To Save A Life
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Epic
Genre: Indie Rock, Piano Rock
Quality: 320 / FLAC (tracks.cue.log)
Total Time: 45:51
Total Size: 137 / 370 Mb

01. She Is
02. Over My Head (Cable Car)
03. How To Save A Life
04. All At Once
05. Fall Away
06 Heaven Forbid
07. Look After You
08. Hundred
09. Vienna
10. Dead Wrong
11. Little House
12. Trust Me
On their full-length debut, Denver quartet the Fray don’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but those looking for melodic, mid-tempo pop could do far worse. That said, the 12 songs on How To Save a Life are barely distinguishable from each other. If you like one, you’ll probably like the rest (and you’ll be in the company of thousands of other listeners.) If you don’t like one, it’s unlikely the others will change your mind. Formed in 2002, the band consists of Isaac Slade (vocals, piano), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Ben Wysocki (drums), and Dave Welsh (guitar). Since their formation, the Fray have elicited comparisons to British groups like Coldplay and Keane, and American ones like Counting Crows and the Wallflowers. They’ve also toured with Weezer and Ben Folds and had songs–like “Over My Head (Cable Car)”–featured on such popular programmes as Grey’s Anatomy. Though they incorporate guitar, unlike Keane, Slade’s expert piano playing is prominent on every track. To his credit, he can also hit the high notes just as gracefully as Coldplay’s Chris Martin, but therein lies the rub: As with the band as a whole, Slade hasn’t quite found his own voice yet. How To Save a Life is polished and professional, bland and inoffensive. It goes down easy, but evaporates into the ether just as quickly.

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