Funeral for a Friend, 'Tales Don't Tell Themselves' (Atlantic)

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Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Critical Mass
Label: Atlantic

by Aaron Burgess

Though they're superstars at home, this Welsh screamo quintet have yet to conquer the U.S., despite arriving here in 2003 with a thunderously melodic sound and a barge full of press clippings. For their third album, FFAF blatantly move beyond the aggressive scene that spawned them and focus on slicker ballads that hint at '80s heartland-rock melodrama. At its best ("Great Wide Open"), Tales recalls Foo Fighters' wimpier singles, but for the most part, it's just a reminder of why even Dave Grohl turns up the screaming now and then.

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