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by Robin Hansson, online editor


The first thing that comes to mind when listening to Marjorie Fair is that their sound is similar to that of Coldplay. The same slow, cleverly written, soothing melodic pop that almost rocks you to sleep, in that special English way, is a theme that runs through the whole CD.

A problem the album has its use of overly clichéd lyrics in such tracks as “Crack in the Wall,” which deals with junkies, abusive parents, and an all-over feeling of teenage depression. In “Waves,” Marjorie Fair manages to break away from the stereotypes, which gives listeners hope that they will grow up.

Drummer Joey Waronker used to play with superstars such as REM and Beck. Waronker might not be the entire reason for their success, but his experiences on the big scene helped the band evolve into what it is today.

Even though the music industry has seen, maybe, one too many bands playing this kind of major label, well-produced music, Marjorie Fair’s sound and beat doesn’t come up short. Quite the contrary. Whatever it does that might fall under this particular kind of genre, Marjorie Fair does it better than most bands, and that is why it will stand out in comparison to the rest.

 

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