Sound — 10
The definative collection of Funeral for a Friend songs, this album gives you a staggering 36 tracks by one of the finest alternative bands around. Each track oozes quality and, whether you're a new fan or old Funeral have complied a great list for everyone. The catchy hooks and wonderfully harmoized choruses accompanied by vocalist Matthew Davies unique vocals provide you with all that is best in Funeral For a Friend. Often complex in construction (if that's your thing) each song has a very solid feel, each hammering out its own emotion. The new four tracks in question (No Honour Among Thieves, Built to Last, Wrench, Captains of the Industry) are certainly great tracks and well deserve their place on the album. In particular "No Honour Among Thieves" and "Wrench" show that even after a reshuffle Funeral for a Friend are still certainly on form. The songs echo back some of the sounds heard in their hit album release "Hours" and are infectiously catchy. Notably different from the rest of the tracks is perhaps "Captains of Industry" which crosses over a slighty rougher, grimier side remaniscent of "Waterfall Dance Club" from their previous album "Memory and Humanity".
Lyrics — 10
Vocalist Matthiew Davies has a lot of material to cover in 36 tracks! Given that the songs range over such a long length of time (2002-2009) there is plently of variation and dynamics to Davies' lyrics. Funeral for a Friend are often recognised for their passionate lyrics, discussing love, the fears of growing up (and old), family and even God. The new tracks again explore meaningful subjects, particularly "Captains of Industry" which enforces not only a triumphant message in the song but also a brilliantly strong performance from Mr. Davies too.
Overall Impression — 10
Funeral for a Friend are unlike any band that has stepped foot in the limelight in recent years and releases a huge compilation of truly great tracks. Taking the best from all their work, every track will have fans (particularly the older ones) shaking their fists along to tracks by a band that has hugely impacted the music scene. On top of that, the bands descision to release 4 new tracks to "test the water" has been a great move on their part and shows that a band that has been going for some time now still has a brilliant passion for their work. Pros: THE definative collection of Funeral for a Friend songs, 4 brilliant new tracks to keep you interested. A huge selection of songs that really makes this CD worth the buy. Cons: The 4 new tracks simply leave me wanting more!