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  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye Label
  • ASIN: B00242GSJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mind Idea
2. Late of Camera
3. April Storm
4. Life's Too Short
5. Just a State of Mind
6. Sandwich Time
7. In a Look
8. Same Side Imaginary
9. Restart
10. Make Believe
11. Vale Oso
12. Sant Feliu de Guixols

Editorial Reviews

OK Bear, the third full-length solo album from Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft), offers a surprising sense of intimacy while staying undeniably Enigk.

BIO: In the nineties, Jeremy Enigk s on-again off-again relationship
with Sunny Day Real Estate (and the short lived The Fire Theft) cast him
as a sort of enigmatic emo-rock icon. Overused genre classifications and
debatable perceptions aside, there s a depth to Enigk s work that confirms
his undeniable musical contribution. 96 s Return Of The Frog Queen
stands as a standard of grandiose chamber pop. So it s no surprise that
World Waits, a mere two years old, is already becoming an intelligent pop
music classic in its ghostly transcendence. The simple fact that Enigk s solo work has kept the rapt attention of diehard fans in an oversaturated media wasteland with a mere two releases over the course of an entire decade is a testament to the depth of Enigk s craft. Now he s back to round out his releases with the playfully titled OK Bear, the minimalist rock combo answer to his dramatic orchestral discography.

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The album is very fluid and songs flow into each other very nicely.
Arilitt
Word started to emerge that the new CD would have a stripped down sound, none of the orchestrations of Frog Queen and less of the drama of World Waits.
Bill Haley
If you liked anything from his history in music you should find something in this album for you.
jordan

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Haley on May 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The last time I saw Jeremy live he spoke of a record he had recorded in Spain and did one or two songs from it, if I remember correctly. Word started to emerge that the new CD would have a stripped down sound, none of the orchestrations of Frog Queen and less of the drama of World Waits. This frankly made me a bit apprehensive, as it is the power of Enigk that makes him unlike anyone else in the business.

I got OK Bear the first day it was released and on the first listen you could tell that here he had abandoned much of the studio wizardry that informed his first two solo CDs. This is a "dry" recording with little reverb and not much overdubbing. The first noticeable effect of this change is that his voice is there before you higher in the mix than normal and clearer than usual. And that can only be considered a glorious gift because Jeremy isn't called "The Voice" for nothing. If you have ever seen him live you know exactly what I mean and if you have not yet seen him live do NOT return to your Maker without having that incredible experience. The man has a power about him that must be experienced in person.

This CD is vastly better than I expected from the pre-release commentary. To my ears this is his best collection of songs from the softly voluptuous Vale Oso to the storming 7th track which is either called Sandwich Time or In a Look (there is a mix-up of titles, lyrics, and song orders in the CD insert), but whatever it is called it is an incredibly wonderful rock song and one that I must see him do live with a band. But to me, the standout cut is Life Is Short, which has a gorgeous and fantastically sinewy and twisty melody, sung with his "intenseometer" set to at least to 11.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Carswell on August 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Jeremy Enigk
OK Bear; 2009
Lewis Hollow Recordings

My Rating: 86/100

Void of pretense, full of wonder...

OK BEAR is quite possibly the most sincere record you will hear the indie side of CCM. It is also proof positive that Jeremy Enigk is a songwriter that we can expect great things from for years to come. Enigk is one of only a few artists to transcend the hyper-hipsterism and slacker-than-thou mentality of the indie scene and deliver fantastic music that is entirely void of pretense and cynicism and completely brimming with joy and wonder. In fact, OK BEAR might just be Enigk's purest statement of his own artistic vision. Apparently taking its overarching theme from the tension between child-like wonder and adultist realism, the twelve tracks herein, like the kid on the cover, serve as guardians for a "magic world" that Enigk's imagination seems to inhabit. Stylistically, Enigk continues to play to his strongest suits, with the classic Sunny Day Real Estate track "Guitar and Video Games" being the obvious touchstone for the album's sound. This is a truly inspiring record. In a world where EMO tends to be a bad word representing an overwrought obsession with self, Enigk takes the trappings of the genre he helped define and rather uses it to elevate the listener. I can't wait to see what's next, and I hope I can catch him live at some point.

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)

Tracks:

1. Mind Idea (5/5)
2. Late of Camera (5/5)
3. April Storm (5/5)
4. Life's Too Short (4/5)
5. Just a State of Mind (4/5)
6. In a Look (5/5)
7. Sandwich Time (3.5/5)
8. Same Side Imaginary (5/5)
9. Restart (5/5)
10. Make Believe (4/5)
11. Vale Oso (5/5)
12. Snt Feliu de Guixols (5/5)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arilitt on April 27, 2010
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1. Mind Idea- 9/10
2. Late of Camera- 8.5/10
3. April Storm- 7.5/10
4. Life's Too Short- 9/10
5. Just a State of Mind- 8/10
6. Sandwich Time- 9/10
7. In a Look- 8/10
8. Same Side Imaginary- 7.5/10
9. Restart- 7.5/10
10. Make Believe- 9/10
11. Vale OSO- 8.5/10
12. Saint Feliu De Guixols- 9/10

No matter what Jeremy Enigk does he will forever be linked to Emo legends Sunny Day Real Estate (SDRE), and rightfully so. His hauntingly emotional voice helped carry the band to the top of the independent music scene. SDRE broke up over disputed circumstances, some say over Jeremy finding God (although the band denies this), and some say over musical reasons. They reformed with 3/4th of the original lineup and although their sound and Jeremy's voice had changed they still put out great music. They broke up again and formed The Fire Theft, which did not live up to expectations, and Jeremy went back to writing his solo material. Unfortunately everyone likes to knock Jeremy Enigk's solo material, because it's not Sunny Day Real Estate. The truth is it's pretty good. I have heard all of his solo material, but Return of the Frog Queen (which was released between SDRE stints) and OK Bear (the album I am currently reviewing) are the ones I am most familiar with.

OK Bear sounds like a mix of SDRE's How It Feels to be Something On, his first solo album Return of the Frog Queen, and a dash of the Rising Tide. The vocal and musical arrangements are very similar to How It Feels to be Something On. You can hear on OK Bear that Jeremy is really embracing his SDRE days (This should have foreshadowed the reunion of Sunny Day Real Estate). OK Bear is a little more pop oriented than SDRE.
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