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World Waits

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World Waits is in a completely different territory than anything SDRE ever recorded. It consists of mostly slower songs featuring vocals softer than one would expect of Mr. Enigk. He plays guitar (acoustic) on most tracks and uses an assortment of backing rhythm section. The production is quite stellar, with his voice always taking center stage. The occasional organ/piano flourishes blend well with the rest of the music. Highlights include the second track 'Been Here Before' and the second last track 'Dare A Smile', which is a bit more somber than the other tracks.

While it wasn't the whole world waiting patiently for Jeremy Enigk's follow-up to his 1996 solo debut Return of the Frog Queen, a healthy fraction has followed the Seattle artist's work since Sunny Day Real Estate and through the Fire Theft. And most will find the wait for this one well worth it. Enigk's voice is close to perfection, blanketed by resonating melodies and bold arrangements, and although his lyrics can be difficult to decode, they flutter beneath the swirling guitars and calming keyboards in a near fragile state. "I cannot change any man's hate/But I can make known forgiving waters have flown," Enigk pleads in the self-forgiveness song "River to Sea," which rivals the immensely personal "Dare a Smile" and spooky "Damien Dreams" as the album's best tracks. The latter is one of several on World Waits written nearly a decade ago, some intended for another Fire Theft record. That, apparently, remains on the back burner, while Jeremy Enigk's solo career is out front. --Scott Holter

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B000HT3KJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By UltraJoeBot on October 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The most striking thing about Jeremy Enigk's World Waits, the much-anticipated follow-up to his 1996 solo album Return Of The Frog Queen, is its constant and seamless stylistic shifts. Even the brief opener "A New Beginning" evolves from ambient guitar picking punctuated by the cyclical panning of ethereal female voices, to the grandeur of what sounds like a fully orchestrated rock opera overture, in about a minute and a half. The other nine tracks that make up World Waits range from thoughtful folk-tinged pop ("River To Sea") to quirky, deliberately restrained indie rock ("Canons"), all held together by Jeremy's trademark voice, often stacked on top of itself and drenched in reverb.

Along the way, his experimental nature is still evident, though it comes out in very different ways than the psychedelic orchestrations and spastic vocal outbursts that made Frog Queen so adventurous. "City Tonight" is a mid-tempo rocker laden with Depeche Mode synths underneath a chorus of call-and-response vocal layering, while "Wayward Love" pits lush strings and 70s prog vocal harmonies against classical guitar and swelling keyboard pads, propelled through a brief two-minutes by distant hand drums. Meanwhile the unresolved arpeggios of "Dare A Smile" sound at once sweet and anxious against the constant pedal tone, as the song slowly churns with its soothing but nightmarish beauty.

For all the instrumentation and full orchestrations found on World Waits, the production wisely never gets in the way of Jeremy's vocals, which are as strong as ever at both extremities of his range. The most memorable moments are those when everything gives way to allow as much space as possible to showcase his voice, such as in "Damien Dreams," which ranges from his lowest raspy hum, to a screeching, tortured cry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Wright on October 18, 2006
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I remember hearing and seeing Sunny Day Real Estate when they released Diary and seeing the video for In Circles on 120 minutes every Sunday night on MTV. I loved the song but was skeptical about the band for a while. I remember seeing several musicians later on telling how much they loved Jeremy Enigk's first solo album Return Of The Frog Queen and seeing it on a bunch of lists for the best albums of 1996. I decided to give it a try and when I listened to it I was hooked and then I became a huge fan of Sunny Day Real Estate and saw them when they toured for How It Feels To Be Something On and they were amazing and his voice is as good live as it is recorded. If you are looking for a redux of Return Of The Frog Queen then this is not for you. Jeremy continues in the direction that he has been going in the past few years as he has been with Sunny Day and The Fire Theft. It is heavily influenced by progressive but it is very majestic and very uplifting. There is not a weak song on here. A New Beginning is definitely what he seems to be trying to say and prove on this album and he is still the one with that magical voice. Yes, he is the man who helped launch the bands who profess their elegance to emo and rule MTV and the teen magazines but what some of these bands don't seem to get is that it is more about the music than it is about what you are wearing and who you are seen with and how you present yourself. Listen up Pete Wentz and Panic! At The Disco.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Personal Robot VINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
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I didn't expect that much from Enigk's second solo album and it wound up pretty much blowing me away. If you're familiar with Sunny Day Real Estate, you already know what to expect - I'm loathe to apply the term "emo" but SDRE was at the heart of the genre before it become corrupted by what it's become today, but this really is emotional rock, full of heartfelt declarations and grandiose movements. However, there are moments on this album that approach prog-rock excesses and for that I'm appreciative - Enigk clearly allowed his muse to take him where he needed to go and the end result is one of 2006's most beautiful rock albums. Don't miss it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ruble on November 20, 2006
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For the most part, there are only two types of singer-songwriters: ones who are good at songwriting but lack true vocal brilliance, and ones who have good vocals but write songs so bad that they make my second grade writing look like the greatest novel ever written. Jeremy Enigk is really in a category all his own. His lyrics are among the best out there, and his vocals are possible the best I've ever heard. He has so much range and voice variation that it sounds like 20 different people are singing on this album, and all have the best voices in the business. Meanwhile, his melodies are so good they leave you humming the songs for days, kind of pissing you off a bit b/c his voice is so much better than yours. I love Sunny Day Real Estate, but I think this might be his masterpiece. I don't know if the songs are better overall, but the songs are amazing and he does the best vocal work of his life. I think I would almost have to give this album a 5 just based on the song "World Waits," which is arguably the most beautiful song I've ever heard. I didn't think he would be able to top Sunny Day Real Estate's "How It Feels To Be Something On," which was my personal fav. from the band, but this album has so much to offer that it's hard not to fall madly in love with it.

Even if you have never heard anything from Enigk, buy this album and I promise you will not be sorry. After just listening to a couple of tracks, his voice will become your new friend; this album is very inviting, and while having the soul of his other albums, this one may have a more optimistic sound because I sense more confidence in his voice, and I felt like nothing was forced, almost like he made it seemed easy, which is good, b/c maybe he'll start pumping out albums on a more regular basis, which would be very nice.
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