It seems like an age ago that Seether released their last album “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces” all the way back in 2008. Yes, it’s safe to say that things have been pretty quiet on the Seether front, but the band is back with their fourth or fifth album, depending on whether you choose to count “Disclaimer” and “Disclaimer II” as two separate entities. Either way you slice it “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” is the bands fourth studio album in the UK and is arguably my least favourite in the bands catalogue.
There is no denying that Shaun Morgan is an incredible songwriter who writes lyrics that are instantly relatable and is able to combine them with hooks that are catchier than a cold in flu season, but it seems that in trying to branch out and experiment with their sound the band has fallen somewhat short this time around.
Now for all the controversy from fans about the lead single ‘Country Song,’ I think it’s probably one of the best songs the band has written and gives the band a unique single from which to push the album, however it isn’t indicative of the rest of the album. Album opener ‘Fur Cue’ is one of the heavier songs the band has ever written and actually starts the album well, but given the fact the song was written after the album was already done it does have a certain disjointed quality to it.
Songs like ‘Master of Disaster’ and ‘Tonight’ are typical of Seether and should keep long time fans of the band happy, but outside of the tracks I’ve already mentioned the rest of the album is a real mixed bag, which doesn’t seem to flow as well as you’d expect it to. This UK exclusive version of the album comes with a bonus DVD featuring Seether in session and is a little treat for the fans and is a welcomed bonus.
The main problem with “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” is that it just isn’t very memorable. It is by no means a bad album overall, just one that will sort of pass you by without fighting for your attention, which is a real shame because Seether can write an absolute belter of a tune, but all those tracks appear to be on other albums. I would describe “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” as a minor misfire in an otherwise brilliant back catalogue, Seether are still serious contenders and here’s hoping they can recapture some of their fire on the next album.