Track Review: The Fray, 'Heartbeat'

72 Billboard Rating

THE FRAY
Heartbeat (3:39)
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Writers: Isaac Slade, Joe King
Publishers: Lincoln & Ollie Music/EMI April Music, Inc./Little Bike Music (ASCAP)
Epic

The Fray is set to release its third studio album, "Scars and Stories," in February 2012, and the album's first single is essentially more of the same sound fans heard on the group's self-titled sophomore album. After huge radio success with "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life" in 2006, the alt-rock troupe matured into deeper emotional territory on 2009's "The Fray," and "Heartbeat" continues that trend. Frontman Isaac Slade drew inspiration for the song on a trip to Rwanda, although the lyrics remain pretty universal: "Oh, I'm feeling your heartbeat/And oh, you're comin' around, comin' around, comin' around/If you can love somebody, love them all the same." Despite some obvious similarities to past works, "Heartbeat" has a catchy chorus, a nice mixture of Slade's melodic falsetto and quirky lower range, and a driving beat to back up the power chords. As expected by now from the Fray, the song sets itself up nicely for persistent radio play.

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