The Best Worst-Case Scenario

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Christian indie rockers Fair are the new project by singer/songwriter Aaron Sprinkle, whose previous band, Poor Old Lu, and ongoing solo career are much beloved by folks on the somewhat edgier side of the CCM marketplace. Fundamentally, The Best Worst-Case Scenario is of a piece with Sprinkle's earlier work; the Seattle native has a distinctive vocal style -- a winsome, boyish tenor with just a hint of twang -- that's his most appealing attribute, and also one that would be difficult to downplay. But The Best Worst-Case Scenario lacks the emo-tinged heaviness and distortion of much of Sprinkle's earlier work. This album is filled with moody guitar pop songs not at all ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Christian indie rockers Fair are the new project by singer/songwriter Aaron Sprinkle, whose previous band, Poor Old Lu, and ongoing solo career are much beloved by folks on the somewhat edgier side of the CCM marketplace. Fundamentally, The Best Worst-Case Scenario is of a piece with Sprinkle's earlier work; the Seattle native has a distinctive vocal style -- a winsome, boyish tenor with just a hint of twang -- that's his most appealing attribute, and also one that would be difficult to downplay. But The Best Worst-Case Scenario lacks the emo-tinged heaviness and distortion of much of Sprinkle's earlier work. This album is filled with moody guitar pop songs not at all dissimilar to fellow artists of the Pacific Northwest like the Shins and the Decemberists, but with a more slickly commercial edge, as if Sprinkle was approaching this album with an ear toward the alterna-rock radio mainstream. This would also explain the considerably more oblique lyrical style on this album; songs like "The Attic" and "The Dumbfound Game" couch Sprinkle's spiritual side in lyrics so allegorical that listeners who don't know of his beliefs may well not be any wiser after they've heard them. More doctrinaire fans of Poor Old Lu or Aaron Sprinkle's solo albums might be somewhat put off as a result of these shifts toward the musical and lyrical mainstream, but the resulting album is melodically satisfying enough to make lyrical disagreements somewhat beside the point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • UPC: 724358080629
  • Catalog Number: 80806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monday (3:16)
  2. 2 The Attic (4:03)
  3. 3 Carelessness (4:22)
  4. 4 The Dumbfound Game (3:43)
  5. 5 Pause (4:13)
  6. 6 Grab Your Coat (2:16)
  7. 7 Bide My Crime (3:04)
  8. 8 Get You out Alive (4:06)
  9. 9 Cut Down Sideways (3:47)
  10. 10 Confidently Dreaming (3:32)
  11. 11 Blurry Eyed (3:16)
  12. 12 Unglued (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fair Primary Artist
Aaron Sprinkle Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Brian Sanchez Vocals
Nick Barber Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jesse Sprinkle Vocals
Phil Peterson Cello
Sherri DuPree Vocals
Stacy DuPree Vocals
John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Joey Sanchez Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Brynn Sanchez Vocals
Victoria Parker Violin
Erick Newbill Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Nick Barber Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Matt Carter Foot Stomping
Technical Credits
Aaron Sprinkle Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brandon Ebel Executive Producer
Nick Barber Composer
Aaron Mlasko Drum Technician
Troy Glessner Mastering
Phil Peterson String Arrangements
Randy Torres Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Fair Audio Production
Erick Newbill Composer, Programming
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