JACOB FAURHOLT - Shake Off The Fear

Jacob Faurholt - Shake Off The Fear

9 songs
27:56 minutes
***** **
Raw Onion


Danish singer/songwriter Jacob Faurholt graced us already with a short, self-recorded EP earlier this year, and is now back with his eighth solo album, not counting the myriads of records he recorded under his alias Crystal Shipsss plus a whole bunch of singles and EPs. For Shake Off The Fear, he assembled a cast of musicians and recorded with a real band. Although Jacob Faurholt hasnít lost any of his frailty, one must admit that the sound on the new album is fuller than in the past. This works mostly in favour of the artist, although at times the alt country influences are taking over a little too much for my taste.

The album starts with the sorrowful Stargazing, which is a heartfelt ballad that comes with a really moving chorus. This track takes repeated listening before it unravels all of its glory, and is also the only track over four minutes on this rather short album. Hide From The Dark is a country ballad and a duet with his wife. Although she admittedly has a good voice, this track feels too much like an American country ballad. On Super Sorry, we get vintage Faurholt once again, with rather subdued verses and then an electric guitar finally taking over the chorus. And thatís why one should have band members! The Burning Ship is, oh surprise!, another ballad, but a really nice one with a slowly picked banjo part that works miracles. The Dark Isnít Right was previously released as a single and uses the studio band to flesh out this ballad. More melancholy follows with Dark Moons, Satellite and Shake Off The Fear, before Rainbow In The Sky ends the album in a fitful fashion, starting slowly and then finally erupting in the crescendo I would have liked to hear a couple of times before.

Donít get me wrong: Shake Off The Fear is another valuable entry in the canon of the evergrowing discography of Danish singer/songwriter Jacob Faurholt, but there are two things bothering me. First of all, I would have liked the band to give the songs an occasional more rock feeling, which actually only happens on two songs here, and then it would still have been nice to get an album longer than the meagre twenty-eight minutes. I know that quality is more important than quantity, but two or three more songs would definitely not have hurt.

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