The Alternative rock band The Fray, re-released their 2003 extended play called “Reason” on Oct. 16.
Most people have heard of the group from their 2005 hit “Over my Head (Cable Car)”. If not that, then the song “How to Save a Life” that was played constantly in winter 2006 and on the show Grey’s Anatomy might spark memories.
The current band members are Isaac Slade (Piano/Vocals), Joe King (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Welsh (Guitar), and Ben Wysocki (Drums).
After listening to the seven song CD, one would believe the band was singing to achieve a sound different than the known of currently.
The album does have one song from their “How to Save a Life” debut album, “Vienna.” A possible interpretation of this song could be a dark realization of isolation and loneliness.
Songs that are intriguing to the ear are “Together,” “Some Trust,” “Without Reason,” and “City Hall.”
As the first song on the ep, “Together” is upbeat and begins with the tapping of a snare drum and deep bass. Issac Slade comes in singing about spring, the moon, and love. His tone is of desired acquiescence with the love of his life and being together forever.
The next song is “Some Trust,” and with more piano emphasis, it focuses on what people trust in their lives. Slade mentions love, hatred, fear, violence, faith, fortune, God, pain, pleasure, union, innocence, and country as a possible form of wishful security.
“Without Reason” is in the middle of the compilation list, with more guitar and cymbal use of drums as a major part of the song. The main theme is that life needs to be lived with a reason and purpose that can be found within everyone.
“City Hall” includes a mixture of subjects, such as politics, elections, change, and death. It’s really a song of varying interpretations.
The band is currently touring and working on their second album, rumored to come out in 2008.