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Seattle Troubadour Has Faith In His Solo Work

Of the Oakland Press

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Jeremy Enigk didn’t plan to take 10 years between solo albums. But the Seattle rocker’s “day jobs” got in the way.

Following 1996’s lushly orchestrated “Return of the Frog Queen,” Enigk returned to his band, Sunny Day Real Estate, for another couple of albums before it morphed into the Fire Theft. But after that group’s 2003 debut, Enigk decided to start his own label and start working in earnest on “World Waits,” which came out in October.

“I wanted to do a (solo) record right away, right after the ‘Frog Queen’,” says Enigk, 32. “First and foremost, I just write songs. I really have no intense goal.

“But I did want to make sure that (‘World Waits’) wasn’t as bombastic and orchestrated as ‘Frog Queen.’ I wanted it to be more polished and more accessible to, I think, a bigger audience — something my mom and dad could listen to and young people, as well.”

Enigk also felt a stronger charge for his lyrics this time out. Since the “Frog Queen’s” release, he experienced “a spiritual epiphany” that led to a more extensive embrace of Christianity — although in a non-denominational form. Consequently, Enigk felt charged to write songs that “have some sort of hope ... a positive message that people can listen to and get uplifted and inspired.

“I’ve never tried to shove anything down anybody’s throat,” he explains. “I think following and believing in goodness and love is the greatest of religions. It’s way more important than dogma.

“So I actually want to say something profound now ... that hopefully carries some sort of wisdom in it. I think of, like, later John Lennon; songs like ‘Imagine’ and stuff were hugely infl uential and had incredible wisdom in those lyrics. That’s something I aspire to do myself, although I haven’t hit the mark yet. It’s hard.”

Jeremy Enigk performs Saturday (December 8th) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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