The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King, they achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The Fray achieved national success with their first single, “Over My Head (Cable Car)”, which became a top ten hit in the United States. The release of their second single, “How to Save a Life”, brought the band worldwide fame. The song charted in the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 5 single in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The group’s self-titled, second album, released in 2009, debuted at number-one on the Billboard charts and was certified gold in the United States, Australia, and Canada. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010. While both the albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed. The Fray was ranked No. 84 on Billboard‘s “Artists of the Decade” list. Their third album Scars & Stories, released in 2012, achieved moderate commercial success; debuting and peaking at number four on the Billboard 200. The album again received mixed reviews from critics. The band’s fourth album, Helios, was released in February 2014. The band’s compilation album, Through the Years: The Best of the Fray, was released in November 2016. Here are all of The Fray’s albums ranked.
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5. Through The Years: The Best Of The Fray (2016)
“This album has the best hits from The Fray plus a few new songs. While I would have added quite a few more songs to the list, it is an amazing mix of music. I love it and listen to it all the time. The Fray never fails to amaze me with new music and lyrics.”
4. Scars & Stories (2012)
“I recently scored some tickets to watch The Fray live promoting their album, Scars and Stories. Honestly, I had not heard any songs from this album before the concert. I was absolutely blown away by the show and I purchased this album the very next day. Scars and Stories has become one of my favorite ‘unwinding time’ albums that I play on my Kindle Fire when I am preparing to drift off to sleep. This isn’t bubble-gum-no-substance music. It’s thinking music. It’s heart music. Listen between the lyrics and you will hear a gentle wisdom that’s easily entreated. There’s experiential knowledge shared in every verse. Great stuff!”
3. Helios (2014)
“The Fray’s unique blend of Pop/Rock/Alt/Indie. works well!! Extra Special: Contains “Love Don’t Die” (Excellent!) Penned by The Fray & Ryan Tedder of One Republic (Great combination! See their “Native; also 5*****)The Fray’s “HELIO’s” is music for pure music listening pleasure anytime…anywhere!! The best & highly recommended!!!!”
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2. The Fray (2009)
“I am by no means a music critic so this is completely a personal opinion but the song ‘Happiness’ is mainly an acoustic song that seems similiar to what you’d expect from an unplugged version but then toward the ending it is filled with a choir joining in. I am not a fan of choirs in my music so this song is lost to me and that doesn’t make me happy. I also have a tendency to skip ‘UnGodly Hour’, though I haven’t figured out why yet and I hope it grows on me. The song ‘We Build Then We Break’ I thought sounded all too much like a Howie Day song,which throws me off a little but it is still a listen worthy song.”
1. How To Save A Life (2005)
“As has been said before, i see lots of potential with this band. I am glad to see a band other than Coldplay using the piano the right way. People may be quick to say “Over My Head” is the only good song, they’re a one hit wonder etc. but the truth is that the entire CD is packed with EMOTIVE not EMO balleds and rockers. Heaven Forbid’s climax is energetic and angry and envokes a frenzy of mixed emotions ranging from sadness to rage. The obvious gem is Over My Head, with a sweeping melody with an off beat chorus and i have grown to love. Vienna is undoubtedly the sad sappy song and you cant help but feel the emotion radiating from it “I’m already gone”. The title track is equally catchy, as well as the corny “Look After You” in which the singer really shows his range. Overall i expect some good pop to co me out of this effort, and i look forward to their next project.”