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Funeral for A Friend - Your History Is Mine

A future that is as bright as their stellar past – and just as loud.

Released 29 Sep 2009 // By Phill May // Rating: 3/5
Funeral for A Friend - Your History Is Mine

Best of albums have a reputation for a number of negative associations: acts on their last legs, those that have outstayed their welcome, bands needing a quick stop-gap release and those who need to remind the world why people should care. Funeral for A Friend fit none of those categories, with seven years barely long enough to have outstayed their welcome, but with the departure of bassist Gareth Davies it seems a retrospective is needed. Moreover, and the fact they have been around long enough to soundtrack some of the most important years of your life – Your history really is theirs, and vice-versa.

So here we have twelve reasons why Funeral for A Friend are one of the UK’s finest acts. 'Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009' showcased the evolution of the band from the frenetic, aggressive early cuts of ‘10.45 Amsterdam Conversations’, through the angular post-hardcore of their influential début (which makes up a quarter of the older tracks here), the grandiose melodies of 'Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’ ‘Into Oblivion (Reunion)’ right up to the mature power of more recent release ‘Kicking And Screaming’. These are tracks that all existing fans will already know, so there’s an EP’s-worth of new material smacked on the end. Not the churned out b-side-fodder that constitutes most new tracks found on best-of albums, but four excellent new songs (the first to be written with new bassist Gav Burrough) tracks like the fantastic ‘Wrench’ which bode well for their future. But that’s the problem with this release; the two don’t go together, making this release a little pointless.

The four new tracks hamper a more fitting retrospective, as classic tracks are omitted to make room for them (where is 'Hours’ ‘All The Rage’ or any number of worthy tracks from latest album 'Memory And Humanity'?). A retrospective should be just that, and the EPs-worth of new material – great as it is – should have been released separately to toast their future. A future that is as bright as their stellar past – and just as loud.