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While crafting songs for The Fray’s third album, the band found inspiration in a faraway source. “We were reading about sailors in the 16th century, how they would leave home and have their bearing for days, but then wake up and realize they had no idea where they were,” explains Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist for the Denver-based foursome. “The stars aren’t ... Read more in Amazon's The Fray Store

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00GRHBEWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2014 release, the fourth album from the Denver-based Pop band. The Fray is Isaac Slade (pianist/vocalist), Joe King (guitarist/vocalist), Dave Welsh (guitarist), and Ben Wysocki (drummer). Since their 2005 double-platinum debut album, How To Save A Life, the band has seen multiple platinum singles, over five million albums sold worldwide, four Grammy nominations and syncs on Lost and Grey's Anatomy. Helios features "Love Don't Die", a fierce step up from the past while staying true to the band's signature sound.

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I must disagree and say that's why this album is so good.
Underground Reborn
There are a couple of songs that sound a litttle different for them but even those are good.
Hillary K Mauldin
Helios combines the great lyrics consistent with music by The Fray with a unique sound.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Red Dirt Fan on February 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
One of the few pop rock bands with a perfect sound decided to hire a new producer, hoping to push their sound to a new level. Little did they know that he would proceed to butcher any semblance of the Fray's original, wonderful sound.

Gone are the piano driven arrangements, the compositions consisting of mostly traditional, dare I say REAL instruments. Gone is Joe King's token song per album as lead vocalist. This album has no Heaven Forbid, no Ungodly Hour, no Rainy Zurich. The best songs from their first three albums had no chance to find their way onto Helios, as there is no song with Joe King on lead vocals. What the hell? That was a completely unique aspect of what the Fray did, as a band, as a popular, mainstream band. Now we have 12 songs worth of Isaac Slade, 12 songs worth of synths and other non-traditional instruments that are going to make their live show less impressive, as there's nothing worthwhile about hitting one button and sampling a sound.

Helios' main problem is that the piano is driven so far back in the mix that it's hardly audible. What, exactly, drove The Fray's sound, in the first place? What, exactly, made each and every one of us love this band unconditionally? Was it the traditional arrangements? Was it the lack of mainstream synth BS? Was it the lyrics that touched on depressing subjects that allowed us to control our emotions through the power of song? It would be fair to say that The Fray was something akin to what the Gin Blossoms were in the 90's--they were that band who didn't shy away from depressive lyrical content, because the emotions they conveyed were real and very tangible to anybody who was in touch with reality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Underground Reborn on March 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD
When The Fray first came on to the seen almost 10 years ago, I and many others called them a cheep Coldplay knock-off. Now with four albums to their name they have proved me wrong.

Reading some of the recent reviews here on Amazon there is a lot of negativity and people calling this album 'Not a Fray record.' I must disagree and say that's why this album is so good. The fact that they are doing what bands like The Beatles did throughout their careers is what makes them one of the best bands in the industry right now. This sound is much different from their previous album, which was amazing as well. 'Helios' is a blend of the recognizable Fray vocals, but added is a bit of a rock edge and a little new wave thrown in. While there are many bands out there using the now neo-new wave sound, The Fray makes it their own in 'Helios'. 'Love Don't Die' is probably one of their most unique songs to date and a long with other great songs like, 'Hold My Hand, 'Break Your Plans, and 'Shadow and A Dancer' The Fray creates one of their strongest attempts to date.

Anyone who looks negatively at this album does not have an understanding of staying power and progression. The ability to change your sound and experiment is why some of the most famous bands in music are still around 30, 40 even 50 years later. With every new album The Fray gets closer to those levels and I am curious to see what their future will hold with a hopeful 5th studio release in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna on June 26, 2014
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Whenever The Fray release a new CD, I know after listening to the songs a few times I'm going to love it. This CD is no exception although, truth be told, I wasn't sure I would like it when I first heard it. It sounded different than what I was expecting to hear from The Fray. Hearing the band perform these songs live was amazing, and after watching a few live performance videos, especially the acoustic ones, I realized that even though this may not be exactly what we expect from The Fray, it's awesome! Nothing stays the same, and just as we grow as people, I think bands grow and change with time. This is still The Fray, and they are amazing musicians who are really talented and super nice guys.

Several of the songs are really upbeat and the band attributes that to them being in good places and happy, at this point in their lives. It shows. "Give it away" almost sounds like something from the disco age. It's really catchy! The last two songs on the CD are a little bit slower (and not my favourites) but this is still overall a wonderful CD. Just give a listen to "Love Don't Die" and "Closer to Me"... "Wherever this Goes" is another great song, and sounds incredible with simply Isaac and Joe on vocals and Dave on piano (no offense to their awesome drummer). You can hear and see their love for the music when things are stripped down which just makes me appreciate this new CD that much more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reveile on February 25, 2014
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I will admit, although I loved Love Don't Die, I was scared that The Fray had changed their style of music to a more poppy tune. I can assure you that this is not the case. This album rivals How to Save a Life, and it is one of the best albums I have listened to in a while. Every song on this album is fun to listen to, and it is sure to brighten your spirits if you're having a bad day. My two most favorite songs on this album were Hurricane and Keep on Wanting, which captures the quintessence of everything The Fray has stood for since their inception. If you're an adamant Fray fan like myself, or you have just now started listening to their music, do not be afraid because this album rocks and still retains The Fray's values.
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