If I hadn't already known what The Fray were capable of I would have been happy enough with this cd. But this feels like a step back instead of a step forward in The Fray's musical growth. That's not to say there aren't any good songs on this eponymous sophomore release. But in my mind it doesn't measure up to the brilliance of How to Save a Life. This album starts strong but falls apart in the second half with only a few high points to speak of there.
I was completely bored with 'Ungodly Hour' after just the first listen. In my mind it's the weakest of the songs on this self-titled album. But while there were very few risks taken through the course of this album at least one of them stands out as a winner. 'We Build Then We Break' is like nothing I've heard from The Fray before and I love it. Definitely my favourite song on the album. Some other solid songs: 'Syndicate', 'Say When' and the lead single 'You Found Me'.