Review of Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation Album by Funeral For A Friend

Funeral for a friend - Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation
Funeral for a friend - Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation - Album Review

Funeral For A Friend

Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation

This album may well be being heralded as another great success for the great new wave of popular modern rock (desperately avoiding the ‘nu-metal’ description here), but your first task in acquiring the knowledge that comes with hearing it, is to actually find out a way of playing the damn thing. Despite the fact that record companies seem to be trying their hardest to stop music piracy with various methods of copy protection, the only thing they seem to be doing is reducing their paying

Funeral for a friend - Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation - Album Review

audience even further by stopping people from even listening to albums on anything other than the most archaic of CD players. It isn’t unexpected that ‘Casually Dressed’ features the same sort of irritation – they’re another member of the ‘rock band signed to a major, major label’ group (Time Warner); but as part of a trend that simply rejects many of the new ways of listening to your music, it doesn’t bode too well as a viable option for the industry.

However, if you do manage to get it playing, you’ll find that the album that lies within the tightly protected packaging is a well crafted, inventive and polished album that may well live up to the usual hype that that is constantly being spun by the major labels’ PR guys ‘n gals. It isn’t anything particularly new to us here in the U.K. (sounding a lot like Hundred Reasons or Lost Prophets), but as melodic rock goes it is definitely something to try out, seeing as it simply wipes the floor with other evanescent efforts, and contains a hell of a lot more soul than many of the other Linkin Park wannabes.

The album tends to sprawl around on a fairly similar sounding theme, and a lack of variation in tempo occasionally makes the album seem similar throughout (excepting the one acoustic track, ‘Your Revolution is a Joke’) - but with deeper inspection, if you can wade through the moat of Mr. Sheen, the songs are varied enough to keep you stuck to it, especially when they’re setting good examples to others with songs like ‘Escape Artists Never Die’. However, it’s still unlikely to make any converts of simple rock-heads however: pseudo-rock Darkness fans that spend most of their time listening to the Sugababes definitely need not apply.


Mark Danson