12 years ago, I was living in the magical land of 90's emo, and
Sunny Day Real Estate ruled undisputedly. I couldn't play
a lick of guitar, but I wanted to go get the same Les Paul that
guitarist Dan Hoerner played so that I could learn to play
like that and become a rock god, too. They were inspiring great
bands such as Mineral, Texas Is The Reason, and
Jimmy Eat World. Dave Grohl even raided the band
of it's drummer and bassist in order to form Foo Fighters.
They were the original 'emo.' Who knows what that word means now
Then came the bad news that SDRE had broken up. And although lead
singer Jeremy Enigk was releasing a solo album, I was skeptical.
How could it compare to the wonderful albums SDRE had released?
How could a solo project deliver the same guitar licks and wonderfully
non-traditional drumming of William Goldsmith? It couldn't
then, and it can't now.
When Enigk's Return Of The Frog Queen came out in 1996
and I heard the epic songwriting of Enigk accompanied by a 21-piece
orchestra, I realized that this was a talented musician always
in search of his next grand creation. I saw him live in Portland
and sure enough, the orchestra was there too, crammed on stage
Afterward, Sunny Day Real Estate got back together for two more
albums, as well as a third under the name The Fire Theft
in 2003. The epic sound was there, but they still lacked something.
I first listened to 2006's World Waits with little expectation
and really was pleasantly surprised. With the wonderful 6/8 drumming,
it still delivers that same sense of epic grandeur, and Enigk's
vocals are pure and true as ever. What sets this album apart is
its sense of identity - which is made known to the listener by
the opening track, "A New Beginning." While the edgy
guitars of SDRE may not be as evident, Enigk shows that emotion
and energy still flow from his being with "Been Here Before,"
and tracks like "City Tonight" show Enigk's true talent
of building songs like a novel, consisting of introductions and
character development, continuing into maddening emotional climaxes.
World Waits is a triumphant return for Jeremy Enigk that
shows his confidence is growing and that he is becoming more comfortable
with his own identity. Fans are definitely given a sense of excitement
for the future of his music.
1. A New Beginning
2. Been Here Before
3. River To Sea
4. City Tonight
6. Damien Dreams
7. Wayward Love
8. Dare A Smile
9. World Waits
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