Tales Don't Tell Themselves

Tales Don't Tell Themselves

by Funeral for a Friend


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When a band unleashes a two-part song as the centerpiece of their album, it's a clear sign that the art fix is in -- and so is the case with Funeral for a Friend, whose third album, Tales Don't Tell Themselves, is some kind of nautical concept album (just like Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but not really!). Producer Gil Norton certainly provides crucial assistance in giving Funeral's music a cinematic splendor and a glossy pop sheen, turning Tales Don't Tell Themselves into an unapologetic big rock record -- big in its sound, big in its hooks, big in its ambitions, big in every way except singer Matt Davies' voice, which is still a thin, tremulous instrument when he sings. He can get swallowed up by the waves of guitars, but that plainspoken voice accentuates the group's post-hardcore roots, which otherwise are quickly receding into the past as of this record. This lack of aggression, whether it's in the buzzing guitars or absent screams, could very well alienate longtime fans, but Funeral for a Friend not only displays an increased sense of ambition on this sweeping great leap forward, they also display a greater sense of accomplishment, as writers and musicians. They may be shedding their old skin here, but the growth is a fascinating thing to witness.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Atlantic Uk
UPC: 5051442099522
catalogNumber: 420995
Rank: 110651

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Funeral for a Friend   Primary Artist
Heather Cairncross   Choir, Chorus
Nick Cooper   Cello
Susan Dench   Viola
Clarence "Frogman" Henry   Choir, Chorus
Luis Jardim   Tambourine,Shaker,cowbell
Anne Lines   Cello
Audrey Riley   Conductor
Juliet Snell   Violin
Nigel Thomas   Timpani
Janet Atkins   Viola
Fenella Barton   Violin
Jayne Harris   Violin
Katherine Shave   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Richard Bissell   French Horn
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Clare Thompson   Violin
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Micaela Haslam   Leader,Choir, Chorus
Gareth Davies   Group Member
Joan Atherton   Violin
Synergy Vocals   Choir, Chorus
Amanda Morrison   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Bradley   Bass
Emma Welton   Violin
Peter Collyer   Viola
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Robert Salter   Violin,Leader
Darran Smith   Group Member
Ryan Richards   Group Member
Jacqueline Barron   Choir, Chorus
Kris Coombs Roberts   Group Member
Matthew Davies   Group Member
Lianne Francis   Vocals
Ann Mordee   Violin
Harry Napier   Cello
Liz Partdrige   Violin
Gerard O'Beirne   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Butler   Choir, Chorus
Helen Rathbone   Choir, Chorus
Corin Long   Bass
Andrew Fuller   Cello

Technical Credits

Gil Norton   Producer
Audrey Riley   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Adrian Bushby   Engineer
Craig Jennings   Management
Funeral for a Friend   Composer
Helen Atkinson   Engineer
Thy Bui   Artwork
Mike Hosey   Artwork

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Tales Don't Tell Themselves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, honestly I haven't heard FFAF's older stuff, but I picked this up and loved it! I usually play new cd's until i'm beyond sick of them, but I liked their sound so much that I resisted the urge to overplay them! The cd is wicked catchy, the lead's voice is hypnotic, there's some sweet riffs in here, just overall a really CATCHY album. GET IT!