Scars & Stories (2012) Why so serious, Isaac Slade? His soft-rock hitmakers' third album contains warbling references to the Berlin Wall ("1961") and Rwanda ("Heartbeat"). Though with lyrics about… 2012-02-07 The Fray Pop Rock Epic
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Scars & Stories (2012)

FRAYED AT THE EDGES Although chock-full of TV-ready tunes, The Fray's latest never gets off the ground
FRAYED AT THE EDGES Although chock-full of TV-ready tunes, The Fray's latest never gets off the ground
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 07, 2012; Lead Performance: The Fray; Genres: Pop, Rock; Production: Epic

Why so serious, Isaac Slade? His soft-rock hitmakers' third album contains warbling references to the Berlin Wall (''1961'') and Rwanda (''Heartbeat''). Though with lyrics about love and rain and things never being the same, he could've just written another love song. Even producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young) can't save Scars & Stories from generic TV-soundtrack mediocrity. Expect to hear the pretty but forgettable ''Be Still'' on an episode of Desperate Grey's Wife Drama soon. C+

Best Tracks:
Slow-burner Be Still
Soaring Heartbeat
Originally posted Feb 08, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints