Funeral For A Friend have tried hard to shed their emo-kid punk image and embrace alternative rock on their third album, Tales Don't Tell Themselves. The Welsh band enjoyed huge success with their debut album Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation and second release Hours. Their edginess and riotous choruses quickly established a large fan base and won the band worldwide acclaim. Although Tales Don't Tell Themselves is not as innovative as the band's previous albums, it is still ambitious, with soaring guitars and vocals creating an epic collection of songs. It kicks off with Into Oblivion (Reunion), an nostalgic track with melodic strings. The Diary and On A Wire are loud and expressive numbers. All Hands On Deck further lifts the tone of the album, while the fast and funky Raise The Sail is a definite highlight. A nautical theme ties the songs together. It's not only the titles, such as The Great Wide Open and The Sweetest Wave. The guitar on several tracks resembles the restlessness of the sea. But while there are some great songs, overall the album is bland. Once you've finished it and turned it off, you'll forget what you were listening to.