Fair – Disappearing World
Release Date: February 9. 2010
Record Label: Tooth & Nail
The best albums, the ones that stay with you, are the ones that can fit any mood. It’s the album that you can play during the best of times and the worst of times. It can fit any mood and is perfect for all weather conditions. When you feel like each track could be your favorite track and you claim a new favorite with every listen, that’s when you know you’ve found that album.
From the opening note to the last, Fair’s second album, Disappearing World, is that album.
You see 2010 is only 40 days old, which is good news for the rest of the scene. It means that your (soon to be former) favorite band has 325 days left to top Disappearing World. Musically, the album is a cornucopia of enthralling tones and compositions. It’s a blend of the very best of Ben Folds, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Fray – all while being lead by Aaron Sprinkle’s pristine production and carried by his majestic voice. The only thing better than Aaron Sprinkle the Producer is Aaron Sprinkle the Musician.
A fantastic medley of keys opens the title track, while Sprinkle and Erick Newbill’s guitar work provide the backbone. Nick Barber’s lively bass lines pace the frantic “Wayside,” while “Walking In My Sleep” swoons as Sprinkle warns, “every time I breathe/I toe a fine line.” Throughout the first three tracks, listeners will experience the diversity and variety displayed on Disappearing World.
Fair also shows that can produce infectious pop songs, such as “One Last Time.” The upbeat tempo is continued on “It’s Doubtful,” which features a chorus that won’t be leaving your membrane for a while. Another impressive quality is how Fair can write an incredibly catchy track like “One Last Time,” and transition into a slow, somber track like the string-heavy “Take Some Risks” without a hitch.
“The Worst Of Your Wear” flows in the vein of Copeland, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since Aaron Marsh lends his voice, creating an auditory treat that cannot be topped. “Anymore” is a fantastic closer - it summarizes the dynamic of Disappearing World in perfect fashion as Sprinkle sincerely sings, “I don’t believe you anymore.”
What you can believe, though, is that Fair’s Disappearing World has set the bar very high for the rest of 2010. Those who enjoyed their 2006 debut, The Best Worst-Case Scenario, should be prepared to be blown away, while those who haven’t heard Fair before will soon be adding them to the very top of the “favorite music” section on their Facebook profile. Towards the conclusion of “Anymore,” Sprinkle earnestly states, “I’ve got something to say/it’s serious.” It’s probably for the best if you pay attention, it’d be a shame if you miss out on one of the best records of 2010.
Great review, my friend. I am going to give this a great listen in the morning. If it's even near the level of their last album then I'm sure it will be incredible. But according to the reviews and other notes I've read about it so far, I should expect even more. Stoked to hear this.
i totally agree with this review .. this cd is soo good. he produced it amazingly. still don't know if it tops the best worste case scen., maybe after a few listens. super amazing though. ... especially the song with aaron marsh, so sweet.