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  • Summary: The Brooklyn, New York-based artist explores the idea of an apocalypse on his latest album.
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  1. 82
    Fair Ain't Fair offers more humanistic, good-humored songs than his previous records, and expansive numbers such as 'More Clouds' and opener 'Roots of a tree' reveal a man who is letting his talent breathe. [Spring 2008, p.103]
  2. Refreshingly, he doesn’t resort to the type of left-wing broadsides that Bragg perfected, and instead dismantles his political and cultural targets through quirky stories and a mix of self-deprecation and sarcasm.
  3. The album is loaded with arresting musical touches.
  4. The pop textures are more evident, the melodies are more hook-laden, and the overall vibe is more laid-back than past releases, varying in moods from positively gleeful to terribly melancholy.
  5. Of his three full-lengths, this is his most experimental sounding yet seemingly natural. Fair Ain’t Fair is a clear step forward for Tim as a growing artist.
  6. 70
    At his most relaxed, however, Fite still sounds like his head could explode. [July 2008, p.96]
  7. The result captures him turning into an old-fashioned troubadour, one fueled by big issues and a country/hip-hop hybrid that's never sounded catchier. [June 2008, p.131

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