Fair To Midland – Fables From A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True
Release Date: 6/12/07
Label: Serjikal Strike
In retrospect, I was pretty unfair (no pun intended) to Fair To Midland in reviewing their Drawn and Quartered EP. I essentially lumped them into an alternative music vacuum bag with early 21st century radio-rock blips like Hoobastank and the highly overrated Incubus. I was turned off by their overly synthesized sound and a goat-like vocal effect. I did however, praise their originality and therein lies the charm of Fair to Midland amongst a stagnant alternative music scene.
Everything about Fables From a Mayfly:What I Tell You Three Times Is True screams epic, Coheed & Cambria epic. For the most part, the album manages to capture that same kind of psychadelic paranoia. In other words, this is dungeon (master’s) music. Swords and mystical creatures make appearances in the lyrics of songs like “Kyra Cries Cologne”, one of a couple songs to make the jump from the EP to the full-length. It’s pumped up and surrounded by other full studio-quality tracks and more at home here than it was there. The vocal effect that I didn’t like is back, but is somehow less annoying here except for the still very goat-like “(pre-versa) Vice-versa”.
It’s weird, it’s quirky, but that’s the point and if you think the Lord of The Rings trilogy was just a bunch of nerdy movies the weird kids at the front of the bus enjoyed, you’re likely going to have a similar opinion about Fair To Midland’s music. Personally, I’m now of the thought that it’s a special conconction these Texans have going and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them explode in a year’s time. For that matter, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this one in the dollar bin either. Hit or miss.
Enchanted melodies: “Kyla Cries Cologne”, “April Fools and Eggman”
Pssht, dungeon masters don’t have levels: Coheed & Cambria, System of a Down, The Mars Volta
This review is a user submitted review from Russ Hockenbury. You can see all of Russ Hockenbury's submitted reviews here.
you really probably wouldn't like a lot of Irish & Scottish singers, if that got on your nerves. first of all Incubus is genouse & fair to midland is different from anything that came out before it. it has a little bit of everything there for I love it. I really wonder what you deem as good though. over generalizing people & groups of music. persinaly if you've heard any of the garbage coming out were all the kids do is scream & wine it's refreshing to find something some one put a lot of thought & emotion into.