The Fray With 2005's How to Save a Life , these Denver-based soft-rock dudes proved that one way to stay afloat in a beleaguered record industry is… The Fray With 2005's How to Save a Life , these Denver-based soft-rock dudes proved that one way to stay afloat in a beleaguered record industry is… 2009-02-03 The Fray Rock
Music Review

The Fray (2009)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Feb 03, 2009; Lead Performance: The Fray; Genre: Rock

With 2005's How to Save a Life, these 
Denver-based soft-rock dudes proved that one way to stay afloat in a beleaguered record industry is to make music bland enough to avoid offending any palate. (Another good idea: Land songs in seemingly every show on TV.) 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. One track is called "Say When." How about now? C–

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Originally posted Jan 21, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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