Not Above Average
After a well received debut on Ferret Music, Funeral For A Friend have come at us with a major label album entitled Hours. Unfortunately, signing to Atlantic hasnâ€šÃ„Ã´t done much to improve their rehashed style of emo.While Funeral For A Friend doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t necessarily do anything wrong, each track is lacking in overall creativity and intensity. Whereas their previous album had forceful tracks such as â€šÃ„ÃºBullet Theory,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Hours seems content to keep at a level that doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t deviate much or give the listener anything to be excited about.
Despite the fact that stylistically Funeral For A Friend fits well with bands such as The Juliana Theory, Emery, and Cardia, these other bands push this style of music better. FFAF rehashes a number of tracks that get lost in their similarity. This is re noticeable during the slower tracks, such as â€šÃ„ÃºHospitalityâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºDrive.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The final song, â€šÃ„ÃºSonny,â€šÃ„Ã¹ sounds like a rip-off of Underoath, sans screaming.
Hours isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t terrible, one thing that can be said for it is that itâ€šÃ„Ã´s solid. The boys from England do a good job of playing a very American style of indie rock, through their instrumentation, as well as Matt Daviesâ€šÃ„Ã´ heartfelt vocals. â€šÃ„ÃºThe End of Nothingâ€šÃ„Ã¹ tries to capture the power of their last album, with crunching guitars and heavy breakdowns, but this overall this song sticks out like a sore thumb amid ballads and much poppier efforts.
If FFAFâ€šÃ„Ã´s debut brought a smile to your face, then by all means get this album. If the last album didnâ€šÃ„Ã´t float your boat, then skip this one as well.