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Jeremy Enigk - World Waits Review

by Jeff K

It has been 10 years since Jeremy Enigk’s “Return of the Frog Queen”.  Many of his fans from over the years have waited quite some time since that release, being temporarily held over from time to time with injections of Sunny Day Real Estate and Jeremy’s current band, The Fire Theft.  What set “Return of the Frog Queen” apart from other Jeremy-infused music was the pure originality of the music, and the departure from what fans came to expect from a project with Jeremy’s stamp on it.  Although that was the case with ROTFQ, it is not quite the case here.  Although “World Waits” lacks some of the elements that separate it from The Fire Theft and later SDRE releases, this is still one of the best albums to come out in 2006.

The album starts out with an upbeat instrumental, aptly titled “A New Beginning”, which even by Jeremy’s own admission, serves as a tie-in between “Return of the Frog Queen” and the new album.  A sort of continuation of the story, if you will.  The album flows quite nicely into one of the highlights of the album, “Been Here Before”, before pulling back a bit for the next few tracks.  One thing about this album, is that it seems to be the perfect culmination, stylistically, between late-era SDRE, Jeremy’s solo material including ROTFQ and the unreleased United States of Leland songs, and The Fire Theft.  There is not one style that stands out over another, as all are represented in the songs encompassed on this album.  Other standout tracks are easily “Cannons”, “Hard To Explain” (probably the best song on the album), and even the hidden track, which emotionally, yet perfectly, brings the album to a close.

Many of Enigk’s fans who remember him from the early “Diary”-era days of Sunny Day have waited far too long for another solo album by Enigk.  This could not be a better addition to an already near-flawless career by one of indie music’s pioneer artists.  Jeremy Enigk, through many avenues, has paved a road for many a band, and continues to set the bar higher and higher in regard to what it really means to write an album that is not only relevant, but also tugs at the emotions of the listener in ways few artists and bands can do today.

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