The Fray

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42

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  1. WesM.
    Feb 6, 2009
    Na chill out. Besides Nickelback, the ultimate proof to brandish at annoying rockists that mainstream rock is just as shiity as mainstream rap, dance, etc.
  2. chrism
    Feb 10, 2009
    Like their last effort, this Album just doesnt stand out. Its almost impossibly dull and safe. While the lyrics, at times, suggest they once had some sort of hedonistic life, the tedious nature of the songs makes you doubt the reality of it.
  3. StuartM
    Mar 31, 2009
    Their first album was a little too pop for me. I liked How To Save a Life and Over My Head a lot but their new album is trash. Every song sounds mass produced and lacks that hint of Alternative rock. This album reminds me of dare I say it the Jonas Brothers. I hope they have fun playing to middle school students.
  4. David
    Mar 9, 2009
    R U SRIUS!?? I'm surprised these guys aren't being heralded as the next Beatles.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The Fray's sophomore release picks up where How to Save a Life left off, reprising the same blend of piano-led ballads and midtempo pop/rock that helped establish the band in 2005.
  2. 50
    The Denver foursome is spectacularly anonymous: poignant enough to bring out the waterworks, but generic enough not to get in the way of someone else’s story--making them the perfect soundtrack for prime-time melodrama.
  3. Life had a handful of standouts, but follow-up The Fray is all blah, all the time: more minor-key melodies, more dreary tempos, more of singer-pianist Isaac Slade's spiceless sore-throat croon.