Tales Don't Tell Themselves - Funeral For A Friend
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  • Summary: The Welsh band return with their third studio album produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. As concept albums go, this one wears very thin very quickly.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. 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 it an amazing album. It's a great step forward for the band, moving away from the heavy, screamy sound of their previous work. Collapse
  2. tarnia.
    Aug 13, 2007
    10
    F*cking Wonderbar...
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. IvanT.
    May 1, 2008
    6
    Average.. Needs a few times hearing to make you addicted. The bad side is at the vocals, sometimes they just ruin the music.
  5. elmo.
    Aug 12, 2007
    3
    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. Expand
  6. Kackerbercackis
    Mar 16, 2008
    2
    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. Expand
  7. GregL.
    Jul 3, 2007
    0
    Awful album.

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