Review - The Fray - Helios
When I think of The Fray, I place them in my mind next to people like Gavin DeGraw and the Goo Goo Dolls. All of them have had a period of big success and have subsequently seen their top 40 appeal diminish, but their core fanbase strengthen and stick with them. Have they seen their peak in popularity? Yes, probably. Should we count them out? Absolutely not.
While their best work was at the beginning of their career, the band always delivers a quality product. With producers like Ryan Tedder and Stuart Price on board, ‘Helios’ was shaping up to be a great return, especially after the lackluster performance of their last effort ‘Scars & Stories’.
Sadly, the album doesn’t do a whole lot to bring the foursome from Denver back to prominence. While each of the eleven tracks is certainly listenable on their own, ‘Helios’ doesn’t sound like much of an album. The band bounces back and forth between influences and sounds, never blending them very well. One minute you think they’ve been listening to a lot of country (“Love Don’t Die”), and the next you’re wondering if you haven’t switched to The Killers’ ‘Day & Age’ (it seems Stuart Price might have been at a lost for new inspiration).
No matter the genre, lead singer Isaac Slade always sings it like this is the most emotional track he’s ever written, and that this is an anthem. While he’s still a talented songwriter, he was a lot better at convincing you years ago.
Listen to: “Hold My Hand”, “Give It Away”, “Shadow and a Dancer”, “Change Your Plans”