2. Some Trust
4. Without Reason
5. City Hall
6. Oceans Away
The Fray‘s release before they became popular with their official debut “How To Save A Life”. In their pre-HTSAL days, The Fray already showed great talent and this EP is a collection of some of their songs.
Together is an alternative song that I really like. It has a raw edge and a good, almost mystical, energetic basis.
This song is quite catchy in its own way. At times it can sound a bit rushed, but it might be on purpose as it doesn’t hurt the song much. The song has nice tempo and the piano melody works really well for it.
Just like the version that would appear on “How to Save a Life”, Vienna is a song that shows great talent and potential and really convinced me of the capability of this band to write pleasing songs with a real musical idea behind it.
Without Reason couldn’t completely convince me. While the vocals have a way of drawing you in, there is something in this song that doesn’t seem to work for me. It’s like you have a good painting, but the colors aren’t right. Something like that.
I really enjoy City Hall, with it’s odd feel. It’s a bit complicated to describe this song but it sounds a bit eclectic in a way. As the song progresses I find different things and other things that make me think like: ‘hey that’s pretty cool’.
Let me start to say that I think this song has a lot of potential. I really think this song can be turned in something amazing. But this version is lacking some things. But if The Fray decides to re-record this song in their current state, I believe they will make this song worth your money. The “Reason EP” version is by no means bad, but I just believe this song can be even more.
The acoustic-based Unsaid sounds very nice. Its sweet lyrics and lovely melody have a bit of Dashboard Confessional feel at times, but with The Fray’s signature. It’s one of my favorite songs by this band.
“Reason” is a nice treat for fans of The Fray fans. Where these songs are quite rough and don’t always come to their full potential, “Reasons” shows that this band has the talent to get really far. A talent they fulfill once they release their official debut album. If you like this band this EP is well worth it. If you don’t know the band very well, it’s probably a good idea to start with “How To Save A Life” and go from there.