17 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its third album, The Fray journeys across physical and emotional landscapes as it fortifies its music with a bolder production approach. Producer Brendan O’Brien pushes The Fray toward a more muscular, aggressive sound while retaining the graceful piano interludes that defined the band’s earlier work. Lead singer Isaac Slade continues to project a heroic (if tormented) presence in defiantly idealistic numbers like “Heartbeat,” “Here We Are," and “The Fighter.” He takes on a seafarer's spirit in “The Wind” and delivers a compelling romantic vignette in “Rainy Zurich.” The band’s underlying Christian faith is expressed most clearly in the stately, hymn-like “Be Still.” At its best, The Fray has the power to disarm the most cynical listener with a heartfelt ballad—it does that here in “I Can Barely Say,” a falsetto-tinged confession of need draped with dramatic orchestration. Big in sound and ambitious in scope, Scars & Stories aims for a wide audience but doesn’t lose its humanity in the process.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its third album, The Fray journeys across physical and emotional landscapes as it fortifies its music with a bolder production approach. Producer Brendan O’Brien pushes The Fray toward a more muscular, aggressive sound while retaining the graceful piano interludes that defined the band’s earlier work. Lead singer Isaac Slade continues to project a heroic (if tormented) presence in defiantly idealistic numbers like “Heartbeat,” “Here We Are," and “The Fighter.” He takes on a seafarer's spirit in “The Wind” and delivers a compelling romantic vignette in “Rainy Zurich.” The band’s underlying Christian faith is expressed most clearly in the stately, hymn-like “Be Still.” At its best, The Fray has the power to disarm the most cynical listener with a heartfelt ballad—it does that here in “I Can Barely Say,” a falsetto-tinged confession of need draped with dramatic orchestration. Big in sound and ambitious in scope, Scars & Stories aims for a wide audience but doesn’t lose its humanity in the process.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

An Artist in the Works ,

Its fantastic

I absolutely love the fact that the Fray has stuck with their roots since they started. Its very great album and I am going to enjoy listening to it for years to come just like their previous album.

matt2xtreme ,

FINALLY!

it's finally here! i've waited so long for this album to come out ever since they played a summer show in my hometown where they played at least half the album. I must say that this album is probably my favorite up to date as I have been listening to it non-stop on itunes. "heartbeat" has got to be one of my favorite fray songs of all time. such a beautiful song overall. "be still" is a great ballad with amazing lyrics as with the rest of the album. get it now! "like" if you agree.

Jared Roby ,

Amazing album!

This album is fantastic. I would definitely recommend it to everyone!

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