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.

SONG
Heartbeat
1
3:40
 
The Fighter
2
4:20
 
Turn Me On
3
3:02
 
Run for Your Life
4
3:58
 
The Wind
5
4:14
 
1961
6
3:54
 
I Can Barely Say
7
4:20
 
Munich
8
3:57
 
Here We Are
9
3:31
 
48 to Go
10
3:22
 
Rainy Zurich
11
3:48
 
Be Still
12
2:48
 

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