When Fair debuted with 2006’s The Best Worst-Case Scenario, the indie rockers were immediately heralded as an innovative buzz band known just as much for sophisticated songwriting as infectious appeal. In the four years between that underground blockbuster and the brand new Disappearing World, members Aaron Sprinkle (vocals, guitar), Erick Newbill (guitar), Joey Sanchez (drums, percussion) and Nick Barber (bass) haven’t just refined that celebrated formula, but threw some musical and lyrical curve balls into the already alluring atmosphere.
“Musically I wanted to really tap into my influences, which are mostly ‘60s and ‘70s and lot of ‘80s too,” says Sprinkle, who longtime listeners will also recognize as leader of Poor Old Lu and Rose Blossom Punch turned solo star, not to mention all-star producer (Anberlin, Acceptance, Copeland, The Almost, Demon Hunter, Kutless, Jeremy Camp). “And that’s really the feel of this record- a lot of very retro moments wearing those influences on our sleeve. We approached this record doing exactly what we wanted to do, and fortunately for listeners, we like well structured pop songs. The record’s more dynamic and exciting in some places than the last one, but it’s also more fragile and sincere in other places.”
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Walking In My Sleep
One Last Time
Take Some Risks
The Escape Artist
The Worst Of Your Wear (feat. Aaron Marsh of Copeland)
2010 Dark Horse| Posted February 26, 2010
I love Aaron Sprinkle and will buy just about any album that he puts his name on in the production area. This lead to my looking into his band "Fair". I had their first CD in my collection since it came out but only liked it for a couple singles. Well, "Disappearing World" has changed that prespective. I brought the album hearing the few singles on the internet and since have not taken it out of my CD player. The album starts with "Disappearing World", which is easily one of the top three songs on the album. The other two standout tracks are "Walking In My Sleep" and "The Worst of Your Wear (featuring Aaron Marsh of Copeland)". However, dont write this album off, just listening to those three tracks, download or buy the entire album and you maybe like me and found the true "Sleeper/Dark Horse" of 2010!
Great| Posted February 13, 2010
This album was a really enjoyable listen. I hadn't heard any songs from the first release but loved this CD. My favourite song on the album would probably have to be "Disappearing World".
Another Sprinkle of Magic| Posted February 02, 2010
I missed the first Fair release, but have been familiar with and impressed by Aaron Sprinkle's prodigious production output over the past several years. It's great to hear him put even more of himself on the canvas, along with his bandmates in Fair. If pressed to describe the sound, I'd describe it as MuteMath-meets-10CC. Don't ask me why but this CD sounds "British" to me - echoes of ELO, Alan Parsons, etc. The emphasis on keyboards gives the tunes a certain breeziness and distinctiveness that eludes so many guitar-based bands. Sprinkle demonstrated his ability to elevate already-great songs with interesting keyboard textures on Capital Lights' (R.I.P.) last release, and continues to do so on this album. Well done!
awesome surprise!| Posted January 26, 2010
What an awesome surprise this album is! I had never heard of Fair until the new album preview today, and I am hooked. This is the perfect group for those of you like me who miss PFR. There is no missing the 60's & 70's influences, but they are presented in a very modern format. Well-crafted tunes with thoughtful lyrics make a great marriage. I will listeten to this one over and over again and will catch something new with each listen. When I read the "official" review and saw that Aaron Sprinkle was involved, I realized why this is such a high-quality production. I hope that Fair gets the radio-play that they deserve.