Tales Don't Tell Themselves

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Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Studio album by Funeral for a Friend
Released 14 May 2007
Genre Alternative rock, post-hardcore
Length 40:50
48:11 (JP Edition)
Label Atlantic
Producer Gil Norton
Funeral for a Friend chronology
Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Memory and Humanity
Singles from Tales Don't Tell Themselves
  1. "Into Oblivion (Reunion)"
    Released: 7 May 2007
  2. "Walk Away"
    Released: 23 July 2007

Tales Don't Tell Themselves is the third album by Welsh rock band Funeral for a Friend. It charted at #3 in the UK selling 25,000 copies in its first week and later went gold.

It was released on 14 May 2007. Before the release of the album, the band released several short studio update videos informing fans of their progress. During the recording of the album, Matt Davies used the same microphone he used to record the group's first album Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation and Ryan Richards recorded his drum parts by recording cymbals separately from the rest of his drum parts and replacing the normal cymbals with electric ones whilst recording basic drums. Davies plays guitar on several of the songs; this is the first album in which he has done so.

On 13 February 2007, the band released the track "Out of Reach" as a taster for fans.[1] The lead single from the album, "Into Oblivion (Reunion)", was released on 7 May 2007. The song was first played on The Zane Lowe rock show on 19 March and the official music video was uploaded to the band's MySpace page shortly after. According to Davies, speaking at a performance at Manchester's Apollo Theatre, the second single from the album is to be "Walk Away".

The album was released in Japan with two bonus tracks: "Rise and Fall" and "Crash and Burn (Home Demo)"; which were also sold as bonus tracks on iTunes.

Concept and themes[edit]

Davies has mentioned that it is a concept album:

David is a Fisherman who is captain of a boat that regularly trawls the deep waters, he comes from a small fishing town on the coast where his wife Eleanor and daughter Isabelle await his return, but a huge storm is quickly approaching it hits the town and then batters David's boat and leaves him shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean as the only survivor. He spends days adrift going crazy and delirious wondering if he will ever see his family again, meanwhile the towns people fear that the fishermen are all dead, the coast guards rescue attempts have failed to recover any survivors. David becomes so delirious his life flashes before his eyes (he guides his younger self through his life as a blackbird) he eventually hits land and snaps out of his delusion. He is scared of the waters and the colossal waves and power that killed his crew but he decides that doing nothing to get back to Eleanor and Isabelle is a cowardly way out so he decides to build a small raft and brave the elements once again, this time he is found by a lifeboat and reunited with his family. The End. Basically, Cast Away meets The Perfect Storm, it has a lot to do with my own personal fears of the ocean and coming to terms with that through the story.[2]

The video for Walk Away was played on 8 June 2007 on Kerrang! TV. The video concerns the missing fisherman around whom the album is based. It follows his wife and daughter both breaking down. The video ends with the mother realising she cannot go on like this and trying to continue with her life. There are also scenes of Davies singing on a couch. The video was added to the Kerrang! playlist.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (52/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (80%)[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
NME 6/10 stars[6]
Spin 2/5 stars[7]
Exclaim.ca (Mixed)[8]

Tales Don't Tell Themselves received mixed reception from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 52, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "Mixed or average reviews".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Into Oblivion (Reunion)"   4:25
2. "The Great Wide Open"   3:32
3. "The Diary"   3:40
4. "On a Wire"   3:59
5. "All Hands on Deck: Part 1: Raise the Sail"   3:26
6. "All Hands on Deck: Part 2: Open Water"   3:48
7. "Out of Reach"   3:34
8. "One for the Road"   4:10
9. "Walk Away"   3:48
10. "The Sweetest Wave"   6:25
Total length: