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Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray further expands on the dynamic musical growth curve heard on Seether's 2007 release, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, while maintaining a sonic imprint that is undeniably Seether. There are many reasons to be excited. Not only does Seether branch out stylistically on the album s first single, "Country Song" which blends a buoyant, aurally addictive hook with the band's signature searing guitar work but the singer's striking new vocal approach is audible from the album's exhilarating lead track, "No Resolution." Morgan explains, "On this album, I didn't scream very much, because that's not what I wanted to do. For some of the songs, the sentiment behind the lyric wasn't angry, therefore to sing it in an angry way didn't make any sense to me. The gritty stuff is easy to do, but it also feels really great to convey emotionally, through my voice, what I'm trying to say, instead of just being a one trick pony." The result is a collection of compelling vocal performances that conjure an appealing blend of two of Morgan's chief influences, Kurt Cobain and Tool's Maynard James Keenan.

Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Seether definitely had an all-star player on its team for Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray in the form of producer Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, Pearl Jam). Seether fans identify the band with songs that are not only sonically heavy but which also carry a lyrical emotional heft. Rest assured that those qualities are still intact on Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray. "Down" providing a fantastic showcase for John Humphrey's Bonham-esque drumming along with "Desire for Need" (on which Morgan falls back on the aggressive vocal delivery) prove that Seether have not strayed too far from what fans recognize as the band's aural identity. "Master of Disaster" also retains the original Seether imprint while introducing new musical elements, which the band set out to do with each song, "so people wouldn t know what to expect," Morgan interjects. "When we make a new album, it has to be superior to the previous one; otherwise we re wasting everyone's time.
Asked which tracks are favorites, Morgan talks about "Tonight," which almost didn't make it onto the album. "I hadn t even shown it to the band yet," he explains, "but one morning I woke up before dawn, in a really good mood, and completely changed the lyrics to positive lyrics. It just started coming together. Later that day in the studio, I asked Brendan to check it out. We only had two days left in the studio, but Brendan said, 'We've got to record that song right now.' I think it captures and summarizes the hopeful sentiment of the album." The band is also proud of "Here and Now," a modern rocker infused with a classic pop feel that might fit easily within the discography of Cheap Trick. "We wanted to write songs that would stand the test of time rather than just be music 'of the now' meaning what is popular in this particular two- or three-year cycle" Morgan explains. "Here and Now" also features the lyrics from which the album title was culled.

The Deluxe package contains 4 Bonus Tracks and Bonus DVD featuring the the video for "Country Song", as well as the "Making of the Video" and "The Making of Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray".

1. Fur Cue
2. No Resolution
3. Here and Now
4. Country Song
5. Master of Disaster
6. Tonight
7. Pass Slowly
8. Fade Out
9. Roses
10. Down
11. Desire for Need
12. Forsaken
13. Dead Seeds (Bonus Track)
14. Yeah (Bonus Track)
15. Nobody (Bonus Track)
16. Effigy (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Wind-Up
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. Goff on May 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to Seether since 2000 when they recorded Fragile under the name Saron Gas. I remember sitting in my dorm room with Fine Again on repeat. I have listened as they have gone through a cycle eventually evolving into what you hear from them today. Shaun Morgan is an incredibly talented artist. It is so rare in current times to hear music that has lyrics AND music written entirely by the band itself and not a third party which then instructs the band in every way possible on what each note should be. Is every song on this a gem, no, but does that mean the song is bad? No, it certainly does not. Shaun's voice is great on every track, though I will always prefer him live to on a CD as his voice has a angstiness (yes I know that is not a true word) live that cannot be doubled on a CD. As another reviewer has also said, this is the best album lyrically that Seether has EVER produced. Shaun put his heart and soul into each word for each song and it definitely shows. John on the drums is absolutely fantastic, I love the drum work on the entire album (Effigy is especially awesome with the drum work). Also, another thing I've noticed over the years is that Shaun seems less afraid of his voice and just gets in there more and more with each album. He gets better vocally on every album.

Fur Cue 5/5 - Classic Seether. If you are a fan of the old Saron Gas days or Disclaimer this is very similar. Drums, guitar, everything is done well.

No Resolution 5/5 - Slightly slow getting going, but very good. Chorus is the best part, showcases Shaun's voice well.

Here and Now 4/5 - Great song, but sounds very "radio" worthy. Not bad by any means, but almost pop-rock to me.

Country Song 5/5 - Their first single. I may be odd in loving this song.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on May 17, 2011
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"Holding onto to Strings Better Left to Fray" is Seether's first album in almost four years and while there are definitely some good songs here, there are also a few forgettable ones. Overall the production is crisp and fresh and is a strength of this recording. It contains 12 songs plus 4 bonus tracks, and a few of them have Seether's trademark hook made of a meat claw and performance painted with Gold. With its blistering riffs and throaty vocals "Fur Cue" is a perfect lead off to the album. "Here and Now" is a great tune and shows the band's softer side. "Master of Disaster" has an incredible build up/crescendo and showcases the musical talents of frontman/guitarist Shaun Morgan, drummer John Humphrey and bassist Dale Stewart. That's the Seether I know and love. That being said, some of the other songs seem like they were created just to be on the radio. They're light and missing the edge that made Seether such a great band. Die hard fans of the band will want to own this, but if you are looking to buy your first Seether album I would recommend something earlier like Karma and Effect.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dash on May 29, 2011
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It's been 4 years since "Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces", and here we are with Seether's new album "Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray". Was it worth the long wait? Well, to put it quite simply, yes. It lacks a bit of the hard edge that the band's previous albums had, but they've replaced it with a maturity that you probably haven't seen on a Seether album yet. How do the tracks stack up? Lets take a look.

Fur Cue - 9.5/10
This one sounds like classic Seether with its heavier sound. This is a stellar track that utilizes some of Seether's best verses and guitar riffs, and because of this, easily one of the heaviest tracks on the album. The only thing that's even slightly weak is the chorus: it feels like it's trying to climax to something, but that something never comes around. Basically, they sound like pre-choruses. Thankfully, it doesn't subtract too much. Fans of the older Seether should be able to put this track nicely into their collection of favorite Seether songs.

No Resolution - 9.5/10
Another strong track that lands on the heavier side of the album. It jumps a bit over the place and covers a lot of ground. It has a strong opening riff layered with some nice guitar soloing before going into the soft verses, strong choruses, and mid-tempo bridge. This song covers almost every bit of the sound Seether displays on this album.

Here and Now - 8/10
This is a strong track, but I feel it is one of the weaker ballads on the album. It has a poppy, almost cliche sound. There's nothing wrong with it, and I enjoy it, but I can't see why the band would see this as one of the stronger tracks on the album.

Country Song - 9/10
The first single.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick on November 13, 2011
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I can see from some of the other reviews that there are some existing Seether fans who don't approve of Seether's new direction. However, the best bands always evolve and try new stuff, and this it what Seether have done with great success IMHO. This is a more melodic and maybe more mainstream album in some ways, rock fans new to Seether may find a lot here to enjoy. Country song is probably the best and most original track, but there is no filler here. Great stuff.
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