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Reason (7 Tracks) EP

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  • Audio CD (March 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000VS6P3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Together
2. Some Trust
3. Vienna
4. Without Reason
5. City Hall
6. Oceans Away
7. Unsaid

Product Description

2007 reissue of the Colorado band's second EP, orginally released in 2003. Two years before they released their How To Save A Life album, The Fray were already one of the most talked about bands in Denver. Their unique sound and style led to their major label signing and, since then, they've become an international sensation. The Reason EP contains 'Vienna', which was eventually re-recorded for the album. Seven tracks. Epic.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great FIRST Album that Paved the Way July 22 2008
By Matthew W. Paradise - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For starters this "2007" release is actually a re-release of the 2003-4 EP that preceded the album most of you have referenced in your reviews. That being said, it's deficiencies are to be understandable. Judging from how most of you view their "first" album you should be pleased with the changes they made from their early more raw rock style Reasons EP to what you have under The Fray - How to Save a Life on your iPod.

Whoever said this album is amazing, must be addicted to The Fray because amazing it is not. However it does have its moments, and is pretty decent especially considering once again that it is their FIRST production CD. It's a great glimpse into what was happening, where they were and what the Fray was transitioning towards.

If you want to go track by track, then here's what to expect:

1. Together - Awful, unless you like garage bandish unpolished stuff. This song seriously sounds like it was off a demo tape of theirs and it very well may have been. It sounds more rockish than any of their recent stuff. This song is like they were trying to say, "Hey dude we can rock like every other group out right now" but... they couldn't, nor should they have tried to since their own style is what listeners have instantly appreciated. I give it 2 of 5 stars.

2. Some Trust - While the beloved piano makes its debut here, it is another song that points us toward the belief that the Fray might have originally wanted to be "tougher" sounding? OK not tougher, but not as acoustic as they ended up. It's in songs like this where the pairing of the piano with the guitar riffs just sound a little... abnormal at times? In listening to their latest album we find out which instrument won that battle. Though this song is not the best, it does get very close to synergizing the guitar and piano at times. I also know that this song would probably sound awesome in concert now. 4 of 5 stars

3. Vienna - This song, as we know, would be the musical most representative of what was to come. It is perfectly timed, smooth and effortless. A beautiful song we all love. Well done the Fray. 5 of 5.

4. Without Reason - This song again hows how much the Fray of old seemed to love the electric guitar (listen and you'll see what I'm talking about). It's not bad, it's actually pretty good though. I give it 4 of 5 stars. Again though I'm glad they moved away from that overly popular, electric, stringed instrument.

5. City Hall - Interesting tune. "I'm floating down without a fight". Perfect way to describe this song. While it's not horrible, I'd say it's the least memorable song on the album. I mean at least the first song is memorable based on its worthlessness. 2.5 stars.

6. Oceans - Pretty good song. It's pace is a little off though. It slows down then picks up... somewhat. I don't know. It just sounds like this song wants to be played faster. I bet it would be great in concert. 3.5 of 5 stars.

7. Unsaid - Probably the best song on the album (next to Vienna of course). However, it has no piano. This is weird since it's an acoustic, dudes and a guitar song. they could still keep it acoustic AND add the piano. It would have slowed down the song and in my opinion smoothed it out. Oh well, 3.9 stars.

So all in all this album has to get 4 of 5 stars. ESPECIALLY when you look at the body of work which would come later in the form of their most recent album. The kinks were worked out and the piano added to most if not all songs, while the electric guitar was downplayed. All in all a great freshman effort that, unlike what one of the reviewers remarked, actually did do a great job of paving the way for their excellent sophomore album.

Check it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding work by rising stars Sept. 28 2005
By Tyler Wittman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was what got The Fray on the radar in Denver and ultimately in the U.S. so much so that Epic signed them to a big deal.

Every song on this EP showcases a band that sounds like they've been together for years, writing an opus at the climax of their careers. The songs are rich and deep, not to mention very well produced while still holding onto an idie feel.

The band fuses the emotional stylings of Coldplay with some subtle rock sensibilities to create a sound that places them somewhere in between Coldplay and Matchbox 20. For fans of either of these bands, don't pass this one up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Please read June 10 2008
By Beaver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most people don't understand, this is a reissue of an EP named Reason that was released before How to save a life, this isn't a new album but an old and previously rare one. They also made an EP called Movement but that had 4 tracks and 2 of them didn't have Isaac Slade as the lead singer.....aside from that the album is good but be aware it is not as refined as some of the Fray you may be used to as it is older.
Exceptionally Pleased...a "Reason" to Buy! March 24 2008
By D. Weber - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This being their 2nd independent release, it offers a pleasant and rhythmic insight into the band's 2005 debut, How to Save a Life, which would catapult them to commercial eminence. The re-released Reason EP is fresh, inspiring, and lends an emotive piano/rock vibe with ascending vocals that wind through sundry lyrics of sorrow and hopefulness. The Reason EP contains only seven tracks but leaves you longing for more...a great and memorable listen!
Excellent!! Aug. 2 2008
By Ivanlou - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a huge fan of The Fray, I would definitely recommend this album. The Fray is an amazingly talented band, and this album, in a way, shows how they got their start. All of the songs on Reason: EP are unique, and highlight the emotion and musical ability The Fray conveys through their music. I love this album and all of the other music by The Fray...I hope you will too after listening to this excellent EP.

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