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Posted October 1, 2010
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Two veterans of the music industry (Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek) made this album in their free time, without any pressure from labels or studios, and it shows. At times Fiction Family's album feels experimental (part of the fun), but it works on the whole.
There are some real gems on this album, such as 'When She's Near' and 'War in my Blood.' After 'When She's Near,' Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins take turns doing songs which feel and sound like their respective solo projects, but the songs on the last half of the album have an entirely new, collaborative sound.
On the 'solo' tunes, Sean Watkins does and admirable job adding depth and intricacies to Jon Foreman's tunes, and Jon seems to bring out an intensity from Sean that I've never heard from him before. It works.
All that said, I picked up the album about a week before Fiction Family came through my town, so that I could familiarize myself with the songs. Their live show was exponentially better than the album! By the time they got to Portland, the band had developed a chemistry and stage presence that enhanced the songs and made the whole experience an impressive one. If they ever do another tour, don't miss their show!
Jon Foreman has been putting out some truly outstanding music over the past year and a half. On the album and at the show, it is obvious that he loves playing these songs.
Posted January 26, 2010
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