Jeremy Enigk - Ok Bear
Jeremy Enigk is probably best known as the frontman for Seattle post-grunge band Sunny Day Real Estate. Nowadays he's a solo artist who has just released his third full length album, OK Bear.
On OK Bear Enigk goes for broke in an attempt to make grand, majestic and important musical statement pieces. The result is far from that however. What instead we get are song like "Life's Too Short" which tend to be cluttered, unfocused and claustrophobic.
The Emo tendencies of Sunny Day Real Estate are all over the album as well. The album opener "Mind Idea" is an overwrought production while "April Storms" threatens but never develops into much more than a stiff breeze.
Even the tender piano on "Sandwich Time" comes across as insincere.
There are some faint glimmers of hope. "Restart" is an inspired rock track. They respite doesn't last long before Enigk falls back into the same rut with the listless "Make Believe".
OK Bear is simply and album that goes nowhere.
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