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Tales Don't Tell Themselves

Tales Don't Tell Themselves

14 May 2007
3.8 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Release Date: 31 May 2010
  • Label: Atlantic Records UK
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  • Total Length: 52:01
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  • ASIN: B003TRGT2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,422 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Okay, so Funeral For a Friend are a band that you either like, or you hate. It's that simple. Now I'm no authority on the emo-side of rock 'n' roll, but there was something that didn't sit right with me about the fact that Madina Lake's latest album has 5 stars from 33/35 of the reviewers, yet FFaF are struggling to achieve 4 stars?

Now let's get a bit of perspective here - the reason Madina Lake seem to be rated (as far as Amazon is concerned) above FFaF is for one reason: people who listen to FFaF, albeit involuntarily, know more about rock 'n' roll than people who (evidently) listen to Madina Lake. And if you don't believe that, consider this: people who don't like FFaF that much seem to feel the need to write reviews for FFaF albums than people who don't like Madina Lake albums. That's because FFaF are far more relevant than Madina Lake.

Now I'll tell you a truth: if you're looking for heavy rock or heavy metal, go some place else, okay? Funeral For a Friend are so far past the stage when they'd listen to people who moaned about the album version of 'Juneau' being worse than the LP that it's not even funny. Seriously, nobody cares. Sell out? Well hell, FFaF never even approached metallic legitimacy in the first place. Take your elitist emo tendencies and shove them.

Bottom line: what FFaF have created here is a soft rock album that appeals across the gamate of young/old, male/female. Not happy about that? Review something else. Maybe Madina Lake, for example.

I write this review because I feel FFaF have gotten a massively unfair rap. This album is as good as anything you'll hear by any other soft rock outfit. It's not prog. It's not meant to be. It's not heavy. It's not meant to be. It is, simply, quite superb soft rock. And it's quite epic in places.
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I got this album a month ago and haven't stopped listening to it. It's a lighter album than the previous two but don't let this put you off. The vocals are amazing. There is not a bad song on it and it flows along in some order rather than being thrown together. The band have definatley matured resulting in a superior sound and undoubtably appealling to a wider audience. Some reviewers have slated it saying they shouldn't be classed as rockers anymore. If your a bit more open minded and not pigeon holed into one type of music then i would strongly recommend it.
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A great album .... just such a shame the copy sent to me was distorted and unplayable, except in the car or on a home music system. It has that dreaded copying software. It would have been helpful if the seller had mentioned this little foible of the product. Caveat emptor indeed.
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This is unlike anything FFAF have done before and its a shame that it will be judged against their former efforts.

The basic concept of this album is a collection of tales about a fisherman at sea, away from his family and contemplating all the different analogies between life & the ocean.

This is brought to life by the harmonic vocals and calmingly melodic music that is beautifully laid down to acompany the story and it works very well.

luckily for me i'm a music fan that likes funeral for a friend, not a funeral for a friend fan (if that makes sense) it means I can listen to this and not feel betrayed at the difference from the first two albums which I loved also.

It is different, but sometimes the raw passion found in their earlier songs reflects their feelings inside, where as this is a thought out story put to music, and should be judged as such.

It will not be remembered as a classic album which is a shame, as even though it offers nothing new in terms of innovation it does have a lot of imagination and depth too it. a lot of people may look past this as they feel let down after their first play, however it could be that it just needs to be heard more than once.
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Great stuff!,I had one song on an old sampler and must've worn it out,I thought I'd get round to buying it eventually,I was always 'put off' buying this I'd heard some remarks about it not being 'heavy',well I must've 'mellowed' as I thought it was great..even if the end of one of the songs reminds me of Live and Let Die!
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In 2003 Funeral for a Friend released `Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation' their debut record and with its blend of soaring melodies, part screaming / part singing vocals and chugging power riffs launched this Welsh band into rock mainstream. 4 years have now passed and with there 3rd album `Tales Don't Tell Themselves' FFAF may just have released their finest work thus far.
Their last record `Hours' suggested that they where starting to evolve from the band that gave us `Juneau' and `The Art of American Football'. The hardcore breakdowns and jagged post- punk noise replaced with a more rounded, focused and overall more melodic sound; most noticeably the aggressive vocals making way to allow lead singer Matt Davies to stretch his singing range.

`TDTT' whilst being a concept album certainly does delivers the band's most mainstream material to date and therefore their most accessible album. As the record flows along, every song seems to fit perfectly next to each other and nearly all of them sound like they where written to be played in mammoth arenas with thousands of people raising their arms aloft whilst belting out the words. `On a Wire' is destined to become a new crowd favourite with its "Find a way to bring me home" refrain and there are plenty more songs on here for people to scream their lungs out too.
While this dramatic change in sound and song structure may annoy the hardcore fans it really shouldn't matter one bit as this is a great rock record which is certain to win them plenty of new fans.

Every song on this album is huge; and the grand theme for the entire record is set right from the get go.
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