Funeral for a Friend
Hours


3.5
great

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Funeral For A Friend have never been a great band in many regards. Their blend of post-hardcore with pop-punk relies heavily on over used ideas and lyrics; they fuse together music that is mostly forgettable and stagnant. In a genre that mimics itself with tired acts and lazy musicianship, Funeral For A Freind are basically a lost cause. For one album however, one career defining exposition, FFAF reveal themselves to the world as heartfelt as they possibly can. That album is Hours. Drenched in melody and passionate vocals, Hours is the album that will act as a beacon for Funeral For A Friend's rather dark career.

Involving less screaming and harshness this time around, Hours delves into a more personal and sensitive realm for the band and the result sounds like Funeral For A Friend are finally in their comfort zone. Almost everything is toned down which makes the band sound like they aren't trying too hard to please and impress. Sure, there is the occasional slight burst; "Roses For The Dead" begins with a fairly decent riff that contunes over soulful vocals and heavy drumming until the chorus comes in and begs you to jump. "Alvarez" starts off in the same vein and contines to pound along melodical shifts. It can all get samey at times especially if listening to the album in full, but thankfully the two tracks are separated by most of the album.

Considering that most of Hours run time involves slow ballad type tracks, "Drive" and "History" are especially amazing seeing that they are surrounded by similar songs yet stick out like two sore thumbs. Make no mistake about it; these are two of the best tracks the band has ever recorded. "Drive" is incredible; simply written yet almost overwhelmingly sad and powerful, the 2nd verse of So tell your father that/that you're mine/and I swear we'll run away/and I'll make a plan and save/everyone from themselves/put them in the ground comes off genuine and vital to the album's heartbeat. The song repeats itself in easy verse/chorus/verse/chorus terms until thumping drums and beautiful guitars gently push the song off into an entirely different existence before being sent back down to earth with one final chorus. "History" is easily likeable and smooth in its execution, with an extremely catchy singalong chorus to boot. "History" has vocals that beg to be stuck in your head for weeks. The effect is emotional and the song never has a weak point. Funeral For A Friend have no problem creating wonderful melodies, it's that they can't perform it on a consistent enough basis. "Monster" has the unfortunate problem of being stuck between these two fantastic songs and suffers from droning on in emo nonsense.

Despite its inconsistency, Hours holds much of Funeral For A Friend's best work to date and probably forever. Its calm, harmonius (despite most of the lyrics), and marks a change in the band's style up to this point and moving forward. Every teenager shouldn't be without this album in the past decade; it will really hold a certain place in your heart.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010


31474 Comments


Great album

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010


31474 Comments


Old artwork was a bit shit, put a new one on for you

bloc
June 29th 2010


34992 Comments


I remember downloading the music video for Monsters from Videopimp, good times.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

sspedding
June 29th 2010


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really like this album. Don't really think they had anything to do with pop punk at all though. This is post hardcore and rock. Can't believe you thought this was better than 'Casually Dressed..'

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Belong ? Betray

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010


31474 Comments


It is

Mordecai.
June 29th 2010


8281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this shit

AmericnZero02
June 29th 2010


3359 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good review. It's nice to know there are other people on this site who enjoy "Drive" as much as I do.

sspedding
June 29th 2010


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you guys must be crazy. How was Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation 'forgettable and stagnant'.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010


31474 Comments


Because it was stagnant and forgettable

sspedding
June 29th 2010


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gtfo

bloc
June 29th 2010


34992 Comments


Uh oh

sspedding
June 29th 2010


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

get out right now its the end of you and me, its too late and i cant wait for you to be gone

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2010


31474 Comments


How poetic

supercooper
June 30th 2010


145 Comments


definitely have to agree with sspedding here. rookie of the year is so good, i love the whole casually dressed album. this album is still really good though.

YouAreMySilence
June 30th 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album pretty much saved my life in junior high.

tombits
June 30th 2010


3471 Comments


I remember playing a Burnout game on Xbox and hearing Rookie of the Year. Pretty much my window into "heavier" music.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2010


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Roses For The Dead' is still their best song imo... And the video for it is great too.

Mordecai.
June 30th 2010


8281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^ this. when r we gonna do it DaveyBoy?

Dryden
June 30th 2010


13120 Comments


sup mordecai

lord lude or baby(bebi)vegita

Apollo
June 30th 2010


10357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is incredible.

Good review even though I disagree with a LOT of your points.

Causally Dressed is still a fantastic album and Seven Ways to Scream Your Name is excellent. I don't think they have had a 'dark career at all'.



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