Beyond the commercial appeal best of compilations present, they also provide artists with an opportunity to make a statement that extends beyond the context of a regular studio album or EP, outlining who they are, who they’ve been, and the tracks they are most proud of that listener’s mightn’t have been attentive towards. The songs collected on this record are heavily skewed towards The Fray’s first two albums, accounting for seven of the twelve tracks. Three tracks – Singing Low, Corners, and Changing Tides – are new releases, their synth-pop marking a substantial – though not drastic – change in musical direction. This leaves two songs to represent half of The Fray’s albums, and their EPs don’t even get a look in.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 14th November 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.