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Ok Bear

Jeremy Enigk

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Album Review

The third full-length solo outing from ex-Sunny Day Real Estate/Fire Theft frontman Jeremy Enigk strips away the lush orchestration that made 2006's wildly uneven World Waits the hi-fi brother to 1996's lo-fi chamber pop masterpiece Return of the Frog Queen. For the most part, OK Bear bears the signature marks of its creator. Enigk's undeniably rich and powerful voice has never sounded better, and his enigmatic lyrics remain resplendent with biblical imagery and magnetic poetry-engineered spiritual vagaries. The album starts off promising with the serpentine "Mind Idea," a sonic sequel of sorts to the World Waits' gem "Been Here Before," followed by the fuzzy, Sunny Day-esque "Late of Camera." OK Bear slows down a bit in the middle, but the electrifying emo-punk/power pop jewel "Life's Too Short" and the gorgeous closer "Sant Feliu de Guixols" will please both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Customer Reviews

Way More than OK

I listened to this contrasted with "How It Feels..." and it was an odd admixture. "How It Feels..." is so great, but "OK Bear" does not compare. But ten years has past and this is a very strong solo work, in its genuine Enigk quality. It is much lighter, and you can hear songs from "The Rising Tide" and the "The Fire Theft" in it as well. As a solo artist, people may be disappointed with something like "OK Bear" because it veers away, just as "The Rising Tide" veered away. But from this lay listener it has experimentation, variety, and Enigk's lyrics and unmistakeable vocals. I do admit, however, as I have contrasted the "How It Feels..." album with "OK Bear," I wait for the next "How It Feels..." But that may be like waiting for the Beatles to get back together.

Beautiful

Not too often does an album give me chills when I listen. This one does. There are different moods on this album , yet they all come together nicely.
My 3 year old daughter was swaying to the gorgeous "Same Side Imaginary". It was quite a sight. "Make Believe" is another gentle one that mixes thoughtful lyrics with Jeremy's distinct vocal talents.
"April Storm" and "Restart" are a couple upbeat songs that are fresh and called for and will leave you in a good mood. It's obviously not Sunny Day Real Estate, but it's not supposed to be, either. It's a solo record for a reason. Just enjoy the talents of the man who has was behind SDRE and Fire Theft, and realize he still has a lot of stuff to say.

Repetitive, but Great!

Love this album. yes, it does rehash a few things he has done before, but I find this his most enjoyable album to date.

Biography

Born: July 16, 1974 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jeremy Enigk first emerged as the frontman of the highly touted Seattle band Sunny Day Real Estate, which issued its debut for Sub Pop Records, Diary, in 1994. In the midst of recording the group's sophomore effort, Enigk underwent a radical spiritual transformation and left the group. He later returned to complete LP2, but Sunny Day Real Estate nonetheless dissolved, leaving bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith to join Dave Grohl in...
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