I pretty much have no shame. So when I tell you that I enjoy The Fray, I say it with only a tiny shred of embarrassment. Sure, they’re slick, sure lead singer Isaac Slade can over-emote (and occasionally forget to enunciate), sure “How To Save A Life” was damn near inescapable for a solid YEAR. However, the fact that the song suffered from that much overplay and I STILL like it says a lot for how strong it is.
Anyhoo, The Fray are getting set to release their third studio album, Scars and Stories, in February 2012. Notably, the album finds them being produced by Brendan O’Brien, who’s worked with…well, let’s scrap the resume for now and just say he’s worked with every damn body. The first single, “Heartbeat”, was released to radio a week and a half or so ago, and…it’s pretty solid. The band sounds a little more muscular (read: not as wimpy), and it’s certainly hooky enough that you can hear it in your imagination coming out of hundreds of thousands of radios around the country. Check it out for yourself and leave a comment with your opinion!
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