World Waits - Jeremy Enigk
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  • Summary: 'World' is the first solo album in a decade for the Sunny Day Real Estate and Fire Theft frontman.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 91
    An instant classic for lovers of sentimental quality. [#22, p.96]
  2. While World may be missing the top-hatted theatrics of today's Billboard prancers, Enigk's quiet talent--and pedigree--earns him a closer listen. [27 Oct 2006, p.73]
  3. For the most part, the album eschews the elaborate orchestration that defined his solo debut in lieu of atmospheric--and expansive--rock songs. [Nov 2006, p.186]
  4. World Waits creates some startlingly effective moods that allow plenty of elbow room for Enigk’s versatile voice to fill the spaces, as well as for the songs’ careful construction to unfold naturally.
  5. Enigk's refusal to confine his work to the ghetto of Contemporary Christian Rock gives it a universal appeal, one that showcases not only his throat-lump-inducing vocal gift but also the messages woven into the songs. [Oct 2006, p.78]
  6. 60
    The songs here may be marginally less interesting than his best, but it's comforting to know that he can ratchet down the passion without losing it entirely. [Nov 2006, p.98]
  7. Listening to World Waits, you get the feeling that it would be a more enjoyable record if Enigk didn't execute every single note with such immense, ridiculous fervor.

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  1. Mike
    Nov 17, 2006
    9
    So Pretty and honest. I was put off originally by the sachrine feel of the album. Sunny Day was always about intense emotion felt loud and So Pretty and honest. I was put off originally by the sachrine feel of the album. Sunny Day was always about intense emotion felt loud and true through Enigk's god-searching songwriting. Little has change hear, but for most of the songs the volume has been turned down. And you know what, it is just as good as one or two of the sunny day albums (and it completely eclipses the lackluster fire theft effort from a few years back). Return of the Frog queen was a 10, such a weird, gorgeous album. This is a nine because it is not weird. It is just gorgeous and sometimes, that is okay. Thanks jeremy for making an album I can fall in love to... Expand
  2. StevenG
    Oct 24, 2006
    8
    Fans of Jeremy Enigk need not despair! This is a terrific album in many ways. I had the privilege of hearing several of these songs at Fans of Jeremy Enigk need not despair! This is a terrific album in many ways. I had the privilege of hearing several of these songs at Lollapalooza this summer in Chicago, so the album has extra sentimental quality for me. Enigk's unabashed soul searching seems to make some people uncomfortable, but I find it very refreshing. He is a unique songwriter who wears his heart on his sleeve, and that's awesome considering how cynical many artists have become in today's dark political climate. He's always had a bit of John Lennon in him, and this album is no exception. Expand