Sensory Indulgence – The Fray

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or is simply not a fan of popular culture, you’d have heard of The Fray’s How to Save a Life. First made popular by Grey’s Anatomy, it’s everywhere.

Although I secretly think that to classify The Fray as part of popular culture ruins their street cred as an indie band, which is how they started out anyway.

But The Fray is more than just ‘How to Save a Life’.

I recently acquired the album, also titled ‘How to Save a Life’, because I heard “Look after You” on an episode of The Ghost Whisperer (Season 2), and the maths just made sense to just buy the album (which, with all the China imports, CDs are now pretty cheap. So you pay a little bit without getting into trouble with the authorities. Sweet).

In any case, I was hooked.

The Fray, more commonly compared to the likes of Coldplay is more than just indie rock. Think emo cloaked under light piano tones, ‘How to Save a Life’ at first glance does seem like a happy, light-hearted album you would listen to on a bright sunny day at the beach. In fact, while the album officially classifies as rock, only one song features the traditional thrashing guitar sounds typical of the genre (‘Little House’).

But it really goes deeper than that, the album takes a deep look at human relationships, from the experiences of a drug-addict (‘How to Save a Life’), to lead singer Issac Slade’s estranged relationship with his younger brother Caleb Slade (‘Over my Head’), ‘How to Save a Life’ is retrospective, at the same time forcing the listener to be introspective.

While this may be the case, the album is a gem. Together with the unique vocal style of lead singer Slade, the album’s lyrics are deep and emotional enough for one to reflect with, yet the tunes are catchy enough (in a rock/emo kind of way) for you to want to sing/hum along with, whether it is just for fun or to thrash your thoughts around in.

Personally, I think The Fray is one of the best things to have hit my eardrums since the invention of the iPod. This post, of course, is nothing more than just a more intellectual way of me ranting and raving about this band, which, I must add, is now my favourite, and the album now qualifies as the most overplayed album of the year on my iPod.

And of course, everyone loves a man who can play the piano. šŸ˜‰

Trivia: The Fray, to date, does not have a permanent bassist after the departure of Caleb Slade. The blonde boy featured in the “Over My Head (Cable Car)” video is the youngest brother of Isaac Slade, Micah.


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