More of the same from The Fray

Kathleen Ambre

If you liked The Fray’s 2004 double-platinum debut album “How to Save a Life,” then you’re sure to adhere to the woe-ridden lyrics of the band’s new self-titled album, “The Fray.”

The 10-track album rings with familiar steadfast beats, ample electric guitar sounds, and soothing ivory-based undertones.

The first single, “You Found Me,” is already considered a massive hit. Ever since its appearance in ABC promos “Lost” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” the track has been widely recognized.

Given its early enthusiastic feedback, it is expected to rise to the esteemed status of previous hit-singles “How to Save a Life” and “Over my Head (Cable Car).” Once again, the Fray succeed in wooing their listeners with profound yet relatable lyrics. The one-liner, “I found God on the corner of First and Amistad/all alone smoking his last cigarette,” is one of the best.

The band’s closing verse of “Enough for Now,” touching on a reminiscent account of family loss, also appeals to the listener.

“Syndicate” sets the pace of the album with catchy, uplifting lyrics and the expected piano-based pop melodies, while the subsequent “Absolute” reveals a quiet romance. The lyrics barely scratch the surface of a much deeper emotional journey.

“Never Say Never” belts out fanatical confessions of love and eager promises with lead singer Isaac Slade pleading a repetative “don’t let me go.” However, the suppressed melody of the track fails to correspond with exceedingly sentimental words.

“Ungodly Hour” shows an improvement with a more appropriate piano instead of electric guitar, but what is meant to be a ballad is thrown by the contradictory pulsate of an overexcited snaredrum. The lyrics are more than adequate but the music once again fails to meet the aptitude of emotion.

The only exception is “We Build, Then We Break.” The atypical and static drum and bass confusion makes the track stand out from the rest.

Still, one successful experimental track does not salvage the general unemotional feel of their self-titled album. Those who liked the band’s debut might still enjoy it though.