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Funeral For a Friend

Funeral For a Friend: Casually Dressed & Deep In ConversationCasually Dressed & Deep In Conversation (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: Mr_IanMr_Ian
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Funeral For a Friend were one of the most hyped bands of 2003, their two EPs Between Order and Model and Four Ways to Scream Your Name caused expectations to soar for this, their debut album. Was the hype worth it? Kinda. The album opens with a heavy riff, reminiscent of their heroes Iron Maiden a.


Funeral For a Friend were one of the most hyped bands of 2003, their two EPs Between Order and Model and Four Ways to Scream Your Name caused expectations to soar for this, their debut album. Was the hype worth it?

Kinda.

The album opens with a heavy riff, reminiscent of their heroes Iron Maiden and charges headlong into a melodic, yet fierce chorus of "Your white wedding dress" . Suffice to say, Rookie of The Year is a pretty strong opener.

Next up is "Bullet Theory" which was released in the UK as a single, though it was paired with the fantastically monikered "She Drove Me to Daytime TV" as it is not particularly radio friendly, with nothing really resembling a "hook". It's a good song, but not a great one. Not a good early sign.

Juneau, the renamed Juno from 4 ways... is still a cracking melodic hardcore (ish) tune, but the re-recorded version forsakes a lot of the originals intensity and screaming for a lot more melody. I can't decide which version I prefer, but most would say the original is better just because it's the cool thing to say.

Bend Your Arms To Look Like Wings is possibly my favorite track on the album, very melodic with little screaming but it is one of the best anti-war songs I've heard in a while, subtly political without being too overbearing like a rotund man named Mike can be sometimes.

"Escape Artists Never Die", "Storytelling", "Moments Never Faded" and single "She Drove Me to Daytime TV" all seem to blend into one another, with nothing really distinguishing them from the pack. The fact that two are re-recorded from previous EPs with little noticeable difference irritates somewhat and really drags down the album as a whole. These are not bad songs, there is just nothing memorable about them.

Another re-recorded track, "Red is The New Black" - the group's attack on the media, is another example of how the band has made a song "softer". This is one case where I can definitely say I prefer the original. Again, this new version doesn't suck or anything - in fact, most of my friends who hadn't heard the original loved the song. I just can't help but feel cheated hearing it.

Luckily "Your Revolution is a Joke" arrives just in time to save the album. An absolutely gorgeous acoustic track, again berating the media "Don't believe their headlines/ they poison our minds every day" Matt Davies croons. They used the instrumental version of this track as an intro song at a few shows I saw them do.

Waking Up (inside my own paralysis) is another screamo/extremo by numbers tune, but the track that follows it (and closes the album) is just unbelievable - "Novella" may just be F4AF"s finest song. It's a near perfect example of the genre and needs to be heard.

Overall, it is a very good album and those who are totally unfamiliar with the band's previous releases will love it. Those who own the earlier EPs will like it, not a lot, but they'll like it.

 

 
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crazytoledo (May 12, 2006)

*cheap*

*threw*

Damn I should check my typing.

crazytoledo (May 12, 2006)

Rushed?

Maybe chep, but not rushed.

They mainly just through together their previous EPs.

Either way, this is pretty good.

Passion_of_Destruction (August 8, 2005)

i really like this record but Hours is the stuff they really want to do. this record was rushed, still good, but rushed.

cove (May 30, 2005)

one of the sickest albums ever and if u don't think so you obviously don't know shit and you probably should'nt be lookig around on this site

Anonymous (May 10, 2005)

its called EMO fools

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

I know im a bit late in reviewing this cd but it is one that is hard not to...
The album is farely complete with the diverse range of songs. There are deffinately highlights on the album inparticular Juneau, Escape Artists Never Die, Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings and Novella. The instrumental song Your Revolution is a Joke is the token soft song on this album and as the review said is an amazing track.
My only criticism with this album is that some songs drag on a bit (Storytelling)
This Album is recommended to all fans of melodic screamo and is a must have album
-Grub-

AiD (November 4, 2004)

I have to say that this album was amazing. Funeral for a friend really shows how to mix scream and rock with wonderful melodic tones.

This album get's the full point...
This is how a album should sound!

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

I already owned FFAF EP Seven ways to scream your name. And Casually dressed was set to come out on june 13th but i happen to find a used copy at my local music store. After 2 or 3 listens i find the cd to be excellent not a classic by any means but its deffinatley worth buying and is a pretty decent product for it to be their first full length. The lyrical content isnt super catchy or clever however their singer makes up for it with his high pitch crooning and their instrumental break downs are incredible. The album is a little more pollished and less hardcore then the ep but i guess i didnt mind because im not a huge hardcore fan. Anyway having said all of this I think its great to see a band thats not from america gaining some cred in america. Lets hope this band can continue to fill expectations in the future .

Anonymous (June 7, 2004)

I saw Funeral last weekend, I have to defend these guys. Their set was outstanding, got everyone going and their talent is unbelieveable. They did 'My Revolution' and it was so beautiful, when you hear this song live, you finally know why this band is where they are today. I met the guys after the show and they're the nicest bunch in the whole world, they haven't got chips on their shoulders or anything. At one point Matt Davies said to me 'I don't know what all the fuss is about i'm only from wales.' These guys need to be respected for what they do.

'Just because a band is popular doesn't mean they suck. hell, it means they're generally very good at whatever it is they're trying to do'

I totally agree to this comment, there's so many people going around, 'oh i don't like that band anymore, their sellouts' surely they should be supporting bands to make them more popular, i.e. increasing their funds for more albums to get made, better equipment to be used and more gigs and tours to be organised.

If you don't like this band or any band for this matter, then don't read about them or find out about them. Something bought you here, jealously springs to mind.

Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

"You just get so many assholes on this board who don't know their ass from their elbow trying to look cool...kinda like the guy below me here."

You are an idiot. Okay first of all in reguards to your post - I never said anything about emo, i like emo very much - however, i think absolutely generic From Autumn to Ashes clones don't deserve much (if any) recognition. And as for the idiot saying youth of today blows - quit listening to hardcore. You don't deserve to. If it weren't for youth of today, shitty bands like Funeral For Good Music wouldn't be around at all.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

Youth Of Today & Turmoil both blow. Really really hard.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

I was actually quite psyched on this band thanks to the early singles, then they seemed to get more and more watered down, nothing new to say in any of their songs (musicly that is, i could give a flying one about the lyrics), then i got the album and within about a week i was done on it. Shame,i thought they were gonna be much better.

On the other hand,it is their first album proper, so hey, the next album should be either killer or filler. Here's hoping for the former.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Hi, I'm in a band, but I won't mention the name in case anyone decides to buy our record, which is only available on vinyl. It features no less than 100 songs in under 5 minutes and only 2 copies have ever been made because I am sooooo fucking hardcore.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

This band were ok...then I heard the production job on this album. Absolutely horrible, this score is for the production.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

To the guy I critscised for his emo posturing - sorry man, I was kinda outta line. You just get so many assholes on this board who don't know their ass from their elbow trying to look cool...kinda like the guy below me here. Why don't we listen to 'real' hardcore? OK, this may be a generalisation but emo became popular because it had all the intensity and emotion of hardcore, which people liked and respected, but a lot of people couldn't listen to cos it had nothing even slightly resembling a fucking TUNE. Some people like music that is easy on the ear too y'know. THAT'S why we like emo (I think)

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

How about this, funeral for a faggot can suck my dick. They are god awful - I wish I could put out music that sounded like a UK clone of from autumn to ashes, oh wait...no i don't - cuz they suck too. Why don't all you fags listen to real hardcore, like harvest or integrity or turmoil - or maybe even Youth of today, ever heard of them??? I swear to god, bands like funeral for a friend are the reason hardcore is full of nu metal kids and emo scenester pussies.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

I'm sick of hearing about the latest "emo/screamo/metalcore" craze...I suggest you get back to the roots of where this shit was unfortunatley born:
Herion
Usurp Synapse
Iconoclast (not the calif. of UK vers.)
You and I
Books Lie
Rites of spring
Even Saetia...(even though it's cool to like them now)
and that's in no particular order...

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Everyone click this link and then the number it tells you to click.

My Army!

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

dude, i wasn't name-dropping to be cool, i mentioned those bands because they're truly the greatest examples of the 'hardcore emo' subgenre. they made some incredibly great music that is still beautiful and relevant to this day, BUT nobody's ever heard of them because they didn't have the promotion that bands like funeral for a friend or thursday have today. they started the movement that's been watered down over the past decade into stuff called "extremo" or whatever. just try to look at stuff like funeral for a friend and the ten thousand other bands like them that have came out in the past couple years and acknowledge that nothing new or original is being done there. words like 'screamo' and 'extremo' are in the punk/whatever vernacular ONLY because music critics use them. they still make me (and pretty much everyone i know who's heard them) gag. if you know rites of spring and braid, then great, you know what emo was and should be remembered for being, and if you appreciate those bands and what they stood for, don't let them be associated with the style now called 'emo', that has nothing to do with the emo of 1994.

and yeah, maybe you haven't heard of them, but there are definitely people on this board who'll respond to the names of You & I or Mohinder. that's why i suggested them, not because it made me look cool (name dropping never does, for anyone), but because they were great bands and they should be listened to and appreciated. check out the review of You & I's discography on this site, and do a search for info on the Gravity Records bands and the San Diego hardcore scene of the early 90s. there's a lot there worth hearing.

just because they're obscure doesn't mean they suck either, buddy. i've heard funeral for a friend's 'four ways...' ep. it was ok, but nothing that hasn't been done before, and nothing to justify the astounding hype over the last few months.

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Hey, I wrote 'extremo' cos that's what a whole bunch of people call this stuff. They were on the front cover of NME with 'kings of extremo' beside their name. It's a stupid word, but so is screamo or MTVmo or whatever you want to call it. Unfortuantely, it's now part of the vernacular so I used it in case we had some NME readers online.

In never said I hated the album, it's a good album and deserving of the score I gave it. it's just not as good as it could or should have been.
fuck this band, they're the kind of 'emo' that Spin magazine hypes. go buy You & I's 'The Curtain Falls', Antioch Arrow's 'In Love With Jetts/The Lady Is A Cat', and Mohinder's 'Everything' and shut the fuck up about 'emo', because you don't know what you're talking about.
Dude, quit mentioning bands no-one's ever heard of just to make yourself seem cool. It's really fucking sad.Please don't say i don't know what i'm talking about cos that's bullshit, I could sit here all day and discuss Rites of Spring or Braid with you - but I dont feel the need to prove my 'passion' or whatever it is you're trying to do with your emo posturing. Just because a band is popular doesn't mean they suck. hell, it means they're generally very good at whatever it is they're trying to do...discuss lol

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

did you say 'extremo'? you jackass.

also, no band can be 'core' if they're named after a song on an album that just came out a couple of years ago.

fuck this band, they're the kind of 'emo' that Spin magazine hypes. go buy You & I's 'The Curtain Falls', Antioch Arrow's 'In Love With Jetts/The Lady Is A Cat', and Mohinder's 'Everything' and shut the fuck up about 'emo', because you don't know what you're talking about.

hungryjoe (March 7, 2004)

Joe Juneau rocked when he played for Boston. He still holds the record for most assists by a left winger in a season.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

'bands named after elton john songs aren't punk.'

'what about bands named after Planes Mistaken For Stars songs?'

...or bands named after kill your idols albums?

--Bing Crosby

8dollarclarinetsolo (March 7, 2004)

ok so you actually said you liked 4, my bad.. but you did also say"I can't decide which version I prefer, but most would say the original is better just because it's the cool thing to say."
come on

8dollarclarinetsolo (March 7, 2004)

you said that you only liked about 2 or 3 songs at most, really only 1, but you gave it 7 stars??

CrankWillDestroy (March 7, 2004)

'bands named after elton john songs aren't punk'

What about bands named after a Planes Mistaken For Stars songs?

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

Nah brah. Melodic hardcore could be Good Riddance or Strike Anywhere. Emo metal is... Yeah, I guess I don't know.

BobBadger (March 6, 2004)

This is a great review, ive gotta totaly agree with everything said, even down to which song versions are better, im lovin the EP versions, but the new versions are jus as goos but lost some o the screamin which i think makes em! but.. people got thier own tastes.. mate love the new versions...

and to the dude before my post... if they aint re-recorded em.. then wtf happend to the songs??!

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

Emo Metal = Melodic Hardcore?

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

No I see what you're saying. I did screw that up, but this doesn't mean its not a bad review, because it is.

-intheshapeofawineglass

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

dude, the American release was Seven Ways to Scream your name, and was a combo of the Order and Model and Four Ways to Scream Your Name eps, which were released in England. Don't correct if you don't know what you are talking about.

InSpaceWithAKnife (March 5, 2004)

Ok, first off their e.p. is called "Seven Ways To Scream" which to me was an amazing album. I usually don't like this kind of music, but for some reason that cd really grew on me. This review is pretty bad if you ask me. I'm not going to get all butt hurt about it, but I will say that maybe you should leave it to people who have a little more to say. You told nothing to the people that have never heard this band. I'm not trying to be a dick, but either don't write reviews or spend some time on them.

-intheshapeofawineglass

irish_joo (March 5, 2004)

bands named after elton john songs aren't punk

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

score's for the review...save song-by-song analyses for amazon.com user reviews.

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

Buy Desert City Soundtrack's Funeral Car instead. This is generic emocore with *surprise* poor lyrical content.

inagreendase (March 5, 2004)

This disc really came off to me as just decent/good modern rock, really.

tyroneshoelaces (March 5, 2004)

That is awesome cover art. I was really into this band when they came out, now they just seem average and the disc has collected dust.

sloppyblake (March 5, 2004)

terrible band.

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

"Escapse Artists Never Die" and "She Drove Me To Daytime TV" weren't re-recorded, you fucking moron.

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