How to Save a Life
|How to Save a Life|
|Studio album by The Fray|
|Released||September 13, 2005|
|Recorded||Echo Park Studios: 2005|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Producer||Aaron Johnson, Mike Flynn|
|The Fray chronology|
|Singles from How to Save a Life|
How to Save a Life is the debut studio album by American alternative rock group The Fray. Released on September 13, 2005 through Epic Records, the record charted in the top 15 on the Billboard 200 and was a top ten hit in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. The first two singles from the album, "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life" helped the album become a commercial success and brought the band mainstream popularity. It is the band's only full length album to feature bass guitarist Dan Battenhouse.
Critical reception to the album was mixed. The piano-rock style of the album drew comparisons with British piano-driven bands like Keane and Coldplay. The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA, and was also certified platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and in the UK. The album went on to become the best-selling digital album of all time, breaking the record held previously by Coldplay's X&Y. It was ranked #21 on Billboard's list of the Best Digital Albums of the Decade.
After independently releasing two EPs, The Fray were looking for a record company to release a full-length album. The band released their song "Cable Car" to Denver radio station KTCL, and the song saw significant airplay. Denver alternative newsweekly Westword named the band "Best New Band" in 2004, and this prompted Epic Records A&R man Daniel Davis to sign the band to a recording contract on December 17, 2004. The album was recorded over six weeks in Echo Park Studios in Bloomington, Indiana, and was produced by Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn.
|2.||"Over My Head (Cable Car)"||3:58|
|3.||"How to Save a Life"||4:23|
|4.||"All at Once" (Isaac Slade, Joe King and Aaron Johnson)||3:48|
|7.||"Look After You"||4:28|
|8.||"Hundred" (Isaac Slade and Monica Conway)||4:13|
|9.||"Vienna" (Isaac Slade, Joe King and Daniel Battenhouse)||3:51|
|10.||"Dead Wrong" (Isaac Slade, Joe King and Michael Flynn)||3:05|
In later editions, an extra track was added:
- "Unsaid" – 3:05
- Bonus CD
- "Over My Head (Cable Car)" (Live at the Gothic (05.20.2005))
- "How to Save a Life" (Live for MTV.com & VH1.com (07.14.2005))
- "Look After You" (Live at Red Rocks (08.12.2005))
- "Heaven Forbid" (Live at Red Rocks (08.12.2005))
- Bonus DVD
- How to Save a Life (The Story)
- On The Road 2006 (Documentary)
- "Over My Head (Cable Car)" (Music Video)
- "Over My Head (Cable Car)" (Making the video)
- Isaac Slade - lead vocals, piano
- Dave Welsh - lead guitar
- Joe King - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Heaven Fordbid"
- Jake Smith - bass guitar
- Ben Wysocki - drums, percussion
- Adittional musicians
- David Campbell - string arrangements
The album was released on September 13, 2005 by Epic Records. While the album did not make a splash commercially or critically initially, the success of "Over My Head (Cable Car)" propelled the album from the Top Heatseekers chart to the top 20 of The Billboard 200 chart. The release of the second single, "How to Save a Life", a world-wide smash, helped the album enter the top 5 in several charts across the world, and brought The Fray mainstream popularity. The song remains the band's best known and most successful song to date.
- "Over My Head (Cable Car)" was released as the first single from the album, and it became a top 40 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 2005. It lasted three weeks on the chart and peaked at position #37. The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, the single reached the #2 position. Internationally, the song was a Top 25 hit in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. The song was the fifth-most downloaded single of 2006.
- "How to Save a Life" was released as the second single from the album. The song reached the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, surpassing the peak position of "Over My Head (Cable Car)". It became the joint sixth longest charting single of all time on the Billboard Hot 100, tying with Santana's "Smooth", at 58 consecutive weeks. The song also topped the Adult Top 40 chart for 15 consecutive weeks. "How to Save a Life" became a major hit internationally, topping the singles chart in Ireland, Spain and Canada. The song also charted in the top five in Australia, Italy, Sweden and in the UK Singles Chart.
- "Look After You" was released as the band's third single; the song peaked at position 59 in the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first single to miss the Top 40. The song peaked at #49 on Billboard Pop 100 and at #12 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.
- "All at Once" was released as the fourth and final single from the album. It peaked at #20 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.
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Overall, critical reception for the album was mixed. The piano-oriented sound of the album drew comparisons with British piano-rock band Keane, and Coldplay (whose music - although classified as alternative - is driven by the piano).
Allmusic, whilst giving the album a modestly positive review, stated that the band "lacked originality" and the album itself lacked any "inspiration and excitement". Stylus Magazine gave the album a negative review, stating "The Fray, as a rule, are moribund, emotionally strained, uninvolving, and have a tendency to sound like The Cranberries fronted by a man." Rolling Stone and Blender echoed many of these statements, both giving the album three stars out of five.
Sputnikmusic criticised the negative reviews, stating "there may be some skeptics who say it's just another mainstream band with no talent.....take one listen through the entire album and you might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome." Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album a glowing review, stating "How to Save a Life is nearly perfect. Nearly every song's message contains key values and life' lessons."
|ARIA Australian Albums Chart||1 (Platinum)|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||2 (Platinum)|
|UK Albums Chart||4 (Platinum)|
|Irish Albums Chart||4|
|Canadian Albums Chart||9 (Platinum)|
|Billboard 200||14 (2x Platinum)|
|Belgium Albums Chart||47|
|Dutch Albums Chart||50|
|German Albums Chart||56|
|Swiss Albums Chart||57|
|Spanish Albums Chart||21|
|Italian Albums Chart||85|
|French Album Chart||86|
Awards and nominations
- The album won all three awards in the digital category at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards: Digital Album of the Year, Digital Album Artist of the Year and Digital Songs Artist of the Year while the band was nominated for New Artist of the Year.
- The first two singles, "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life" were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal respectively in 2007.
- The band was also nominated for a Choice Music: Breakout Group award at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.
- The title track was used as the main promotion theme for the third season of ABC show Grey's Anatomy. It was also featured in Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer, The Hills, 8th & Ocean, Cold Case, NCIS, and in the UK for the final episode of Big Brother 8.
- The song "Over My Head (Cable Car)" was included on the soundtrack of the film Stealth and was featured in an episode of NCIS. It was also featured in the film She's Out of My League.
- The song "Look After You" was used in the 2008 science fiction film Jumper and in episodes of Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The Hills, Journeyman, Moonlight, One Tree Hill, Bones, and in the unaired pilot of Women's Murder Club.
- The song "Fall Away" was used during the Seven Network's coverage of the 2008 AFL Grand Final.
- The song "She Is" was used in an episode of the TV series Scrubs.
Sample of "How to Save a Life"
Sample of "Over My Head (Cable Car)"
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