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Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend: Tales Don't Tell ThemselvesTales Don't Tell Themselves (2007)
Warner Music Group

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Progression, change and excellence -- three words that can only describe the transformation that Funeral for a Friend have experienced since their explosion onto the music scene thanks to the 2003 effort Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation. Their latest effort, Tales Don't Tell Themselves sees.
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Progression, change and excellence -- three words that can only describe the transformation that Funeral for a Friend have experienced since their explosion onto the music scene thanks to the 2003 effort Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation. Their latest effort, Tales Don't Tell Themselves sees a complete change in musical forte for the band, as well as change of direction lyrically, as Tales is a concept album of a shipwrecked fisherman (David) and his struggle to return home.

The album kicks off in dramatic fashion with the lead single "Into Oblivion (Reunion)," starting off with an intro of stringed orchestra before pummelling the listener with the band's excellent musicianship and enticing them with Matt Davies' melodic sounding vocals. "The Great Wide Open" carries the listener on further into the story of the shipwreck and peril, with the sailor David being lost in "the great wide open." On any other given day, "The Diary" could have easily been one of the album's singles, as it has a catchy pop-rock factor about that makes it stand out against the rest of the album. Unfortunately, it's this element about it that makes most who listen to it skip to the next song, the near ballad-like "On a Wire."

What is arguably the best point of the album would be the two-part epic "All Hands on Deck, Pt.1: Raise the Sail" and "All Hands on Deck, Pt.2: Open Water." "Part One" is one of the more insistent songs on the album, not stopping for a breakdown or tempo change before it slowly merges towards the end with its better half of "Part Two." "Open Water" doesn't have that same impact that the "Raise the Sail" has, but it is still easily one of the better songs on Tales.

"Out of Reach" shows a heavier side of the album by the intensity and aggression of the composure of the song itself. "One for the Road" and "Walk Away" team up together fairly well to compose the atmosphere of the ending track, the wonderful six-and-a-half minute ballad that is "The Sweetest Wave." While the song may seem completely off track from the rest of the album with its piano inclusion, strings and theme of deliverance, rest assured it is far from it, as it provides a somewhat beautiful and climatic ending to an album that has seem much growth from a band that were once the heavyweights of nĂ¼-screamo.

Fans who enjoyed FFAF's earlier works may be a little hesitant from what they hear at first on Tales, as gone are the days of screaming at the top their lungs and in come the melodies and maturity that fans of Hours have come to enjoy. From start to finish, Tales is one album that has it all: great musical direction, intelligent lyrics and a fantastic concept to round off what has truly been and will continue to be a stellar career for the Welsh quintet.


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Alien (October 21, 2009)

I agree with the reviewer.

it's different than their older stuff, and it's great. great progression

torma656 (February 23, 2009)

Huge step up as far as I'm concerned. Beautiful album all around.

treos (March 21, 2008)

i thought this cd was terrible. nothing good about their old shit is on this disc.

punkgato (March 20, 2008)

this band is generic pop-metal just like Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, and Trivium. If you enjoy these bands, you should seek out your nearest mall and practice self-immolation near it's Hot Topic epicenter!

lookbackandlaugh (March 20, 2008)

So basically this band is evolving in the opposite direction than the band they are named after?

CBSrocksteady (March 19, 2008)

I havent heard this album but i just automatically thought this review was going to give the record 2 stars at most. I might check it out... I liked that first EP they did. Havent really checked out anything after that.

BTDAN (March 19, 2008)

This album blows i don't know why they gave it 4 stars its not worth 2

AlmostPunkEnough (March 19, 2008)

one of the better pop-rock albums released last year. seriously.

god i like a lot of shit that everyone hates haha. good reivew btw.

ALineInYourBook (March 18, 2008)

Sorry I wasn't quite specific enough for you, neo.

neo_reloaded (March 18, 2008)

"Between Order & Model" and "Four Ways to Scream Your Name" were the first two UK EP releases by them. "Seven Ways" was a US 'mini-album' that had songs from those 2 EPs, plus one new song. "Casually Dressed" was their first proper album, which included a few songs (re-recorded I believe) from their EPs.

Not that I'm proud of knowing all this... I liked their early stuff, but Hours and this Tales album are pretty horrible.

ALineInYourBook (March 18, 2008)

Seven Ways and Four Ways came out before Casually Dressed; all three share some of the same songs.

Branden (March 18, 2008)

bad songs dont write themselves! heyoooooooooooo

thus_spoke_sean (March 18, 2008)

you are correct Archangle

I liked....Hours? was that what it was called? But this album just seemed a little over the top.

Archangel (March 18, 2008)

Was "Casually Dressed" their debut? I thought I had Seven Ways to Scream Your Name when it was released.

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