It took me quite a while to catch the buzz around the Fray's debut album but eventually I got there. I liked the lyrics and most songs on their own but as a whole album felt it was a bit samey and dragged. I bought the new Fray album last week hoping for bigger and better things, but after several listens it's yet to really grab me.
It's just alright.
It's just more of the same.
So if you like your rock soft and contemplative then I'd recommend it, but if not, don't bother.
The strength again is the depth of the lyrics. In particular I love this song - it's challenging, obscure and intriguing and yet probably speaks a lot of truth:
'Happiness is just outside my window
Would it crash blowing 80-miles an hour?
Or is happiness a little more like knocking
On your door, and you just let it in?
Happiness feels a lot like sorrow
Let it be, you can't make it come or go
But you are gone- not for good but for now
Gone for now feels a lot like gone for good
Happiness is a firecracker sitting on my headboard
Happiness was never mine to hold
Careful child, light the fuse and get away
‘Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks
Happiness damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself, that's enough for now
Happiness has a violent roar
Happiness is like the old man told me
Look for it, but you'll never find it all
Let it go, live your life and leave it
Then one day, wake up and she'll be home
Home, home, home'