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Scars & Stories

Scars & Stories

2 Mar 2012
4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Mar. 2012
  • Release Date: 5 Mar. 2012
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 1:04:59
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  • ASIN: B007707M3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,273 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Unsurprisingly this is a much awaited and utterly outstanding contribution to music yet again by The Fray. This album is a sublime and emotional piece of work that was so worth the wait. They just keep getting better and better, well done boys!
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'How To Save a Life' is both a blessing and curse for The Fray. The song (and subsequent album) that catapulted them to fame cannot help but cast a shadow on the third studio album of this charming band. Alas, this album lacks the immediate palatability of their debut (along with a divine frontman of a song), which makes getting into this difficult (in fact, this has been sitting in my collection for months before I gave it another shot). A rather arbitrary cover and a name like "Scars and Stories" also doesn't help matters... You can be forgiven for thinking that the album is a collection of "my girlfriend dumped me" songs. But interestingly, the start of the album is probably the hardest to get into

Looks are deceiving, however... And this album rewards patience. Whilst it lacks the immediate 'wow' factor - it makes up for this with depth and skilled musical craftsmanship. If the album isn't quite grabbing you; try jumping straight to "1961" and "48 To Go" - They're some of the strongest pieces on this album and serves as a good foothold into enjoying what this has to offer

1. Heartbeat - Kicking off the album in a powerful style synonymous to "She Is", Heartbeat is a strong track with an excellent chorus. However, it seems to just fall short of the sort of the 'hook' you'd expect from a single. I enjoyed it but often found that it felt 'incomplete'. I wanted a little bit more from this one
2. The Fighter - An interesting song, if a little underwhelming. It only really comes alive near the end, and leads to a nice crescendo. However, the long wait leading up to it can be a bit trying
3. Turn Me On - This is perhaps the weakest song of the album. It's ok but really lacks the edge that the rest possess.
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There are already a couple of songs that are on repeat just shortly after i purchased this album. A thing about the group the Fray, is their ability to compose and produce songs that bring you into memorable nostalgic moments, take you on some sort of emotional journey and leave you with tingling sweet afterthoughts. Artistically the album works well and lyrically quite strong. It is a slight departure from their stellar sophomore self titled album (which in my opinion was a five star piece of work alongside their smash hit debut album). This album is worth the purchase and will be playing for a quite a while on my various digital music systems.
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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2012
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The Fray have the kind of radio friendly rock music that should sell by the ton. In the past, on their first album in particular, this has been the case. However, their music doesn't seem to quite get the attention it used to. Maybe its because it does sound like other things and maybe its because it doesn't stand out enough. Scars and Stories continues that trend. Its good, but not memorable. It lacks the killer single of their first album. And whilst you enjoy it whilst it is on there are no real moments you just want to stick on repeat.

Highlights here include Heartbeat, Munich and The Fighter. These are tracks with the sound of a tight band and some good rhythm. But it doesn't quite catch their previous highlights. Sure its heartfelt but not quite emotive enough.

This album is the sound of a band that is trying to move you and doesn't quite do it. There is enough here to really enjoy, but nothing to totally fall in love with.
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IF you like the Fray's previous albums then then you will like this one. It's quite similar to the others, the same style same sort of stuff going on. Isaac Slade (vocals) uses more falsetto in this album which is interesting to hear. The album seems to have played it safe though, no really difference between this one and the others, well actually, i'd say 'the fray' is the best one. Still if you like the fray and want new songs to listen to like i did, then get this album, if you are new to the fray and want to check them out, look at their self titled album 'the fray'. hope this helped.
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This album by The Fray is one of the best albums I've ever bought.
It's moved on style-wise from their two previous albums, with the introduction of more guitar and drums.
There isn't a song on this album that I don't love. The lyrics, vocals and actual music are all perfect, and have improved alot (IMO) from the previous albums which I didn't think were as consistent.
I think that even if you haven't really listened to The Fray before you should like this album because it's genuine good quality music.
Words cannot express how much I love this album. Probably one of my favourite albums of 2012.
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Honestly didn't think The Fray would have any better hits than Over My Head, She Is but this album has so many lovely little surprises! Listened to it daily for the last 2 weeks. It's not going to get old! Fast delivery.
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After the first 2 albums which were relatively easy to get to know and like, this one's been a lot more difficult to get to enjoy. A more compressed sound and heavier driven guitars make this album harder work, but now, after about 20 listenings, I'm hooked. It's a master work and was well worth persevering with. The only real let up in its energy is the final track 'Be Still' with its gorgeous sentiments and a truly moving song with which to end the album. I urge you, if you're dithering about purchasing it, make that leap of faith. You will be rewarded in the end!
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