Seether Evolves On “Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray”

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[pullquote quote="On this album, I didn't scream very much, because that's not what I wanted to do." credit="Shaun Morgan"] Throughout their history, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] has been a band that has pushed and melded genres. From straight forward heavy rock to the acoustic album One Cold Night to their hit cover of “Careless Whisper”, they have never shied away from experimentation. Keep that fact in mind when the first few bars of “The Country Song” start playing so you won’t be fooled into thinking that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] has gone country. By the time you hit the searing guitars in the chorus you’ll know that despite the slight departure this is still decidedly a [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] track.

For their fifth studio album, Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray, the three piece band headed into the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pearl Jam[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stone Temple Pilots[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Train[/lastfm]) and emerged with an album that still holds true to their previous work but also blazes some new trails. One of the biggest difference is the delivery from frontman Shaun Morgan on many of the songs.

Morgan explains, “On this album, I didn’t scream very much, because that’s not what I wanted to do. For some of the songs, the sentiment behind the lyric wasn’t angry, therefore to sing it in an angry way didn’t make any sense to me. The gritty stuff is easy to do, but it also feels really great to convey emotionally, through my voice, what I’m trying to say, instead of just being a one trick pony.”

The result is a less outwardly aggressive album but an album with much more depth than we’ve seen from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] before. Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray will be welcomed by the hardcore [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] fan and should open the eyes (and ears) of some new fans as well.

Stand Out Tracks: “The Country Song”, “Tonight”, “Desire for Need”, “Roses”

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Seether[/lastfm] | Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (Wind-Up)
Street Date: May 17, 2011
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1. Fur Cue
2. No Resolution
3. Here and Now
4. Country Song
5. Master of Disaster
6. Tonight
7. Pass Slowly
8. Fade Out
9. Roses
10. Down
11. Desire for Need
12. Forsaken

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