The Fray (Epic)
It opens nicely with a hammered piano line beating three-quarter time.
But 20 seconds in, The Fray’s second album begins to peter out and never recovers.
How To Save A Life won worldwide popularity by the title track’s ubiquity on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, and its follow-up has plenty more big choruses: Absolute and Never Say Never are built for TV.
But devoid of dramatic visuals, all that’s left is 10 tracks of pale Coldplay imitation. WILL FULFORD-JONES