Way back in the mists of time, when I was first developing a lack of
taste in music, there was a band called
Union Gap. This band had a string of Top 40 hits, until
somebody (and then everybody) realized that every damn song sounded
pretty much the same. At the time they defended this practice by
pointing out that you don't want to mess with what works, although
maybe you ought to reconsider before it stops working completely.
I mention this because The Fray have a distinctive sound, one
which follows you (or at least it does me) from track to track. It
isn't as blatant as Gary Puckett & co., thank the FSM. And they
can come up with compelling variations on their signature
style, as their cover of John Lennon's
Xmas (War Is Over) demonstrates. I just hope they break out
of their comfort zone more often. It keeps things interesting.