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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. The recondite spirit remains, but the sense of restlessness has disappeared, and with it much of the impertinent energy that propelled "Gone Ain’t Gone." What we gain in its place, though, is more rewarding: a closer look at the mechanics of Fite’s itchy-legs sophistry, the nature of his controlled eccentricity.
  3. 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.
  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. 70
    At his most relaxed, however, Fite still sounds like his head could explode. [July 2008, p.96]
  6. 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.
  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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  1. LaurenH
    May 8, 2008
    10
    Brilliant album!
  2. SteveJ.
    May 17, 2008
    10
    Saw Tim Fite at Town Hall in New York, which was the best live shows I've been to in a long time. On stage he uses witty and intense Saw Tim Fite at Town Hall in New York, which was the best live shows I've been to in a long time. On stage he uses witty and intense projections for every song, and to tell stories between songs. I bought the new album there and it is one of those records you can listen to over and over for years. So much depth and so much more creative than anything else out there at the moment. No joke. This is a classic and this guy is going to no doubt have a cult following a la Tom Waits. Me included. Expand
  3. JaradB.
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    Having not discovered any of Tim's previous albums, this has blown me away! Such an amazing range of songs and styles for one album. His Having not discovered any of Tim's previous albums, this has blown me away! Such an amazing range of songs and styles for one album. His voice is at times mesmerizing, it's just stunning. You can listen to this album over and over and pick up something a bit different each time. An absolute jewel in a sea of mediocrity. Expand