Jeremy Enigk: OK Bear (2009)


OkbearJeremy 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)
CONSISTENCY (4.5/5)
CONCEPT (5/5)
CONSEQUENCE (4/5)
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)

OkbearJeremy 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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One Response to Jeremy Enigk: OK Bear (2009)

  1. Pingback: Career In Review: Sunny Day Real Estate (et al) « Sweet Georgia Breezes

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