• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 15, 2007
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23

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  1. Jul 13, 2012
    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..
  2. Jan 22, 2011
    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 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.
  3. BenA.
    Oct 4, 2008
    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.
  4. IvanT.
    May 1, 2008
    Average.. Needs a few times hearing to make you addicted. The bad side is at the vocals, sometimes they just ruin the music.
  5. Kackerbercackis
    Mar 16, 2008
    Everything that made them popular, they've ditched. Songs are bland, theres no edge to any of them, except for "out of reach" , and I dearly hope that they realize they made a catastrophic error of judgment in the entire framework of this album.
  6. tarnia.
    Aug 13, 2007
    F*cking Wonderbar...
  7. elmo.
    Aug 12, 2007
    with a desire to make a thinking mans album FFAF have ditched everything that made them listenable in favor for a middle of the road sound which lacks passion and drive. This album sees FFAF trying to walk away from the emo scene but they trip every step of the way.
  8. willm.
    Aug 1, 2007
    While the story isn't great , the songs are enjoyable catchy and incredibly good.
  9. GregL.
    Jul 3, 2007
    Awful album.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Funeral for a Friend not only displays an increased sense of ambition on this sweeping great leap forward, they also display a greater sense of accomplishment, as writers and musicians.
  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. The 10 tracks that make up Tales Don't Tell Themselves brief-though-engaging narrative are deeper, more accessible offerings that need those vital extra two or three listens to really sink in.