By Nicole Sims
If you’re ready to sweep someone off their feet this spring, you’re in luck because The Fray’s fourth album, “Helios,” epitomizes the journey of falling in love.
Although the thought of love can sometimes be bittersweet, “’Helios’ is a lot brighter than [their last album] Scars and Stories,” said guitarist Joe King in an interview with Fuse.
“Hold My Hand” starts the album off strong by sticking to the group’s mellifluous piano melodies. With pleading lyrics that say, “And I need you to know/ I can’t do it alone. Hold my hand,” the song begins the theme of love in the albums.
“Love Don’t Die” contrasts the first song with an off-beat country rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Isaac Slade’s raspy vocals give the song more of a sexy, sultry feel, while the up-beat tempo pushes the song forward.
“Give It Away” sounds like a jazzed up rock song, fresh off an album from the ’80s. The heavy use of percussion and string instruments are complemented by soft piano undertones. This is a feel-good song that is sure to lead to some head bobbing and toe tapping.
“Closer To Me” is a song that should shamelessly be blasted through car speakers this summer. This song gives off a total summer loving feel.
“Hurricane” has the potential to be the next overplayed hit song on the radio. This tune brings the group more out of the realm of rock, and into an upbeat techno feel that makes me want to dance, or get out and do something a little wild.
“Keep on Wanting” is an uplifting song to listen to after a break-up. Even after shedding a few tears while eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, this song serves as the gentle reminder to “Open up your broken heart/ And keep on wanting.”
“Our Last Day” however is the ultimate lover’s anthem. This song plays into the hope of finding that special someone and sharing a love that is everlasting.
“Break Your Plans” is the type of song an ex plays thinking they’ll win you back, even though you secretly want them to. In contrast, “Wherever This Goes” gives off the feeling of a maturing relationship. In Slade’s lyrics he admits that he will be a better man, but reminds the woman she must also be willing to put effort into the relationship.
“Shadow and a Dancer” slows the album down to a sad tone. This song seems to be about a mind blowing summer fling that ends, but leaves the burning memory of the love that’s been lost.
The last and slowest song on the album, “Same As You” focuses on haunting lyrics, rhythmic drums and echoing chorus. This song leaves you with a message that strength comes from depending on the person you’re in a relationship with, not by shutting them out.
Depending on your relationship status, this album will either leave you with the urge to pick up the phone and call the person you’ve been thinking about, or hold your significant other a little closer.