Tales Don't Tell Themselves

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 15, 2007
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. While frontman Matt Davies' transition from apocalyptic yoof-preacher to hoodied motivational speaker will definitely leave listeners with an extended sense of self-belief, the winsome angst that once drove songs such as "Streetcar" has all but disappeared.
  2. Aside from grand moments like "All Hands on Deck - Part 1: Raise the Sail" and the orchestral wall that builds on "The Sweetest Wave," you don't get the feeling that a continuous story binds the album together.
  3. 40
    At its best ("Great Wide Open"), Tales recalls Foo Fighters' wimpier singles, but for the most part, it's just a reminder of why even Dave Grohl turns up the screaming now and then.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    0
    Don't listen to the heaters, this is their opus.
    You think a great albums peaked then 'walk away' storms in and makes your scalp tingle.
    Don't listen to the heaters, this is their opus.
    You think a great albums peaked then 'walk away' storms in and makes your scalp tingle.
    This should be on the all time top 100, so very good..
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  2. Jan 22, 2011
    9
    This is what a great album should be: a story. I don't remember how exactly I ended up listening to this entire album. I was expectingThis is what a great album should be: a story. I don't remember how exactly I ended up listening to this entire album. I was expecting something more similar to their previous work, but boy was I wrong and for the better. Nothing captures the imagination quite like a story and this what albums gives you. A chance to let your mind wander. Full Review »
  3. BenA.
    Oct 4, 2008
    10
    Incredible album; my favourite ever. Nearly everything on here is good, with such epic songs as The Sweetest Wave and One for the Road making Incredible album; my favourite ever. Nearly everything on here is good, with such epic songs as The Sweetest Wave and One for the Road making it an amazing album. It's a great step forward for the band, moving away from the heavy, screamy sound of their previous work. Full Review »