Style: Lustrous pop/rock; compare to Coldplay, Phil Wickham
Top tracks: "Disappearing World," "Walking in My Sleep," "The Escape Artist"
Uber-producer Aaron Sprinkle and his new outfit Fair break little new ground on their second album, working again from their well-worn playbook of glistening power pop moves. It's a sound that serves the quartet very well, though, allowing them to dabble in a bit of '70s-style groove ("Walking in My Sleep," "Great Divide") alongside smart and steady rockers. What has improved greatly is Sprinkle's lyrical output. Here he opts for a more clear-eyed view of broken relationships and giving yourself over to God after much struggle. It's the perfect mix of old and new, and will likely push Fair toward greater acclaim.1
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