The Fray display something of an iden...

The Fray display something of an identity crisis

There are 11 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 21, 2009, titled The Fray display something of an identity crisis. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

In the music business, it's OK to look at your neighbor's paper. Borrowing moves from other acts isn't just tolerated, it's pretty much expected.

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Bert

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 22, 2009
I don't hear the Coldplay similarities. The two bands have very different composition styles. Coldplay never entered my mind throughout the show.
Hmmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 22, 2009
I didn't hear Coldplay similarities either, and they are a band I listen to quite often. I feel as though this review is way off--the show last night was amazing.
Aubrey

Woodland, WA

#3 Jul 22, 2009
I thought they did so awesome last night! I also listen to Coldplay, and don't think Isaac sounds anything like them.
Yeah they don't move around a ton or do fancy tricks... so what, they are a much more mellow band and he plays at his piano a lot. He walked around and went into the stage once.
I think they rocked.
Aubrey

Woodland, WA

#4 Jul 22, 2009
I mean crowd once.
JCR

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jul 22, 2009
Obviously the reviewer is a Coldplay fan, but does EVERY comment need to compare the two bands? There are so many things you can do musically and on stage, of course MANY bands will seem similar, it doesnt' mean they are copying anyone. Good grief. I know you're a "critic" but why not report on what you thought of THIS show and not how Coldplay would have done it better. Lazy reporting.
Chris Martin is so conceited I wouldn't let you pay ME to see them in concert.
Dan

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 22, 2009
No mention of Jack's Mannequin? They were certainly the best part of this show, though I enjoyed The Fray.
James

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jul 22, 2009
I enjoy the Fray's music quite a bit. However, I think the point is that, at least in my opinion, they aren't quite as good live. You can use the argument that it's because Isaac is playing the piano often, but that is easily proven to be merely an invalid excuse. You need only have watched Jack's Mannequin to see that you can play the piano and still be energetic and excellent live.

I enjoyed the show and love The Fray, but they just aren't as exciting live as they could be.
Matt

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jul 22, 2009
Um excuse me sir, but I highly doubt that we were at the same concert. Nor do I think you even know who the Fray are. Besides having the same band setup (1 pianist, 1 guitarist, 1 bass, and 1 drummer) The Fray are NOTHING like Coldplay. They do not make even remotely the same music. The Fray may have used some of Coldplay's concert techniques in the light board, but like you said, who doesn't in the music industry. They are completely seperate from Coldplay and I struggle to see how you think they sound the same, or even remotely close to one another.

I also don't see where you get the idea that The Fray wern't engaged with the crowd last night. Did you miss the part where Issac Slade called Minneapolis "The best crowd on tour"? Or were you expecting The Fray NOT to play music, but as Slade also said "Talk for 90 minutes"?

Clearly you and I attended different shows last night. I was at The Fray. Where were you?
Matt

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jul 22, 2009
Also, James, I don't think it's necessarily that The Fray aren't as good live (although I won't doubt that Issac's voice did sound a bit different from recordings), I think a lot of it has to do with the acoustics at the Target Center being as bad as they are.
Ashley

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 30, 2009
I was front and center at the show and need I say it was FANTASTIC! What you should've mentioned was how Jack's Mannequin got the crowd pumped for The Fray. And to clarify, The Fray and Coldplay are not comparable whatsoever. For one thing, Isaac is usually on the piano because his type of music is more sentimental like "How to Save a Life" and "You Found Me". Please tell me, honestly, how do you jam to that?
Alex

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 21, 2009
Wow, you obviously have horrible taste. I was at the concert, and The Fray was absolutely astounding. They performed flawlessly, and Isaac Slade was fantastic in keeping the attention of the audience members. You probably needed to keep your job as a critic, which is probably the only reason why you said these things. Get a life, and get a grip.

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