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Jake

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So along with the slew of horrible Christian compilation albums I've purchased to get their tracks, Jars is the only blatantly Christian music I own.  However, I did stumble upon 2 not-so-new albums recently which broke down some Christian barriers for me.  Besides the fact that I like them both and they're not Christiany in a bad way, they've got nothing in common.

Fair - Best Worst-Case Scenario
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=155930702&s=143441
I know nothing about this band but this came out in '06 and they don't appear to have any other albums out so I'm not sure if they're still together.  I suppose a simple MySpace search would reveal this.  They fall into that straight-forward mid-tempo rock category.  I bought this album for a single track I heard and liked because I wanted to support a local band.  It turns out that this slick rock album is nearly good the whole way through and the more I listen to it, the more I like it.  I hope they're not done making music.

Thad Cockrell - To Be Loved EP
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=280652807&s=143441
And I suppose this is a country album although I do not listen to country (I feel like I say the same thing about Christian music when I mention that I like the Jars).  I have a soft spot in my heart for hymns (which might be why I don't like modern Christian music).  It's got kind of an honest, down-home spirituality to it that I really like.  Again, I don't know anything about Thad but I'll have to look into more of his music.  I'm a little obsessed with this EP.

Is anyone familiar with these?  I tend to listen mostly to indie rock but I've never seen them mentioned on this board or on the Christian sites I've visted via links from this site.  If they're not well known, they should be as they're both fine Christian acts.

So now I have a couple more CDs I can play in the car with my mom and not have to think ahead of a cuss word is about to come out.
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I really love the Fair album. It's the best album I've purchased in the last couple of years. I believe they're Seattle-based. It's basically Aaron Sprinkle's band. He's been involved with Poor Old Lu and done some solo stuff as well. This is his newest project. Fair is still around. It's all a bit quiet, but they're planning to release their second album in the Summer. Check their site at http://www.fairforever.com.


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Jake, I am bringing this post back up from the dead.

THANK YOU for introducing me to FAIR!

GORGEOUS music! brilliant! thank you!

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Seriously!  When I first got it, although I really liked a couple songs, I was a little indifferent about it.  I quickly became addicted to it and I can't wait to hear their new record.  I recently read that it was supposed to come out a while back but they've continually been (hopefully) improving it.  Should be good!

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Add another Fair addict here. I bought Best Worse-Case Scenario from iTunes based on this thread and you guys are right on the money: It's awesome. Thanks for posting about it. I'm gonna spread it around to my friends -- I think they will love it, too.
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Hey Jake do you know of any other good Aaron Sprinkle solo stuff? maybe some songs or something?
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Sorry, I don't.  Sounds like pfreak knows a bit about them and maybe can offer some insight.

I've been meaning it listen to some clips to see if his music or his other projects sound similar but I haven't gotten around to it.  I have been tempted to buy a single of their's which includes a b-side just to get more.
DylanW

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Picked up the Fair CD based on the recommendations here. Really liking it.
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Hey Dylan! Glad to see another Fair addict made!

My favorite is Unglued. Wonderful song.

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Did anyone get their new album? It got mostly good reviews. I'm generally disappointed but it is starting to grow on me so we'll see...
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Oh man, I think it's great! In fact, I think it is far superior to their initial album. I love disappearing world, walking in my sleep, wayside, amongst others.

It definitely does grow on you though....hard to surpass great songs like monday, unglued, and others.

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I think Disappearing World sounds much happier than The Best Worst-Case Scenario. I do like the video they've made for Disappearing World and the live-video for Walking In My Sleep is also very good. I really like the album, but I can't say yet what I like best and why. I have to get used to the different sounds, even though it is still unrecognizably Fair.

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