Faircloff - Scott Faircloff
by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
you are still mourning the passing of John Lennon and wonder
what kind of music he might be putting out had become a Christian
and were still alive, a heavy dose of Scott Faircloff's self-titled
debut release might be just what the doctor ordered to paint that
Me Closer," "Wrecking Ball Chain," "When God Whispers," "Under Your
Wing," and most especially "Ultimate Sign" all share the aforementioned
Lennon connection which Faircloff pulls off almost perfectly, not
only in vocal mannerisms but in songwriting technique. At other
times, he reminds one more of Big Tent Revival's Steve Wiggins.
there are moments when Faircloff manages not to sound like anyone
else in particular as in the gentle ballads, "Long Journey" and
"Hearts Of Passion," the humorous "Frog's Lament," and the upbeat
"Sleepy Dreamer" which possesses songwriting structure reminiscent
of Steven Curtis Chapman about five years ago. Arguably,
these moments where Faircloff doesn't sound like other artists might
be the truest pictures of this emerging writer/rocker.
the diversity of this project, there is a common theme that runs
underneath the entire album but is overtly shared by Lennon-esque
"The Ultimate Sign" and the humorous highlight of the album, "Frog's
Lament." Namely, the loneliness issues that singles deal with. "Frog's
Lament" is sung from the point of view of the frog who wants to
be kissed by the princess and thus become a prince. The lyrics are
was a princess, I was a frog So we started out the scene I tried
to love, but everyone knows It ain't easy being green
Caedmon's Call and Jars of Clay will appreciate the
acoustic and clean electric guitars that are prevalent on this project.
In fact, if you like high energy, Beatles-influenced pop/rock that
is saturated with catchy hooks and reverent lyrical content, a la
PFR and One Hundred Days, you will also most likely
welcome Faircloff into your CD collection.