Fairshake's Fiery New Self-Titled Album
When singer/songwriter Shayne Goss assembled the band that would eventually become the alternative/power pop juggernaut now known as Fairshake in 2008, it seems rather unlikely that she foresaw the many challenges that lay ahead. For a decade now, Goss has struggled tirelessly to establish something unique and enduring in the Atlanta music scene. In spite of the numerous changes of lineup and direction which have continually hindered the project's progress and growth, she has striven to remain true to her artistic vision - charging ahead with conviction when many would surrender, and it would appear that such dedication and hard work has, at last, paid off.
Described by Goss in the group's official bio as representing the project "as she always envisioned it", Fairshake's brand new eponymous full length album is a wonderfully down-to-earth collection of songs that brim with raw emotional power (dealing with themes of addiction, mental illness, damaged relationships, etc.) without ever losing their sense of playfulness and fun. Far from a dark and brooding exercise in self-pity, Fairshake sounds like a celebration of life...or perhaps more precisely, survival; a celebration of the ability to weather and even welcome the storms that so often leave one feeling helpless. Make no mistake, Goss' lyrics paint a vivid picture of how messy, difficult, and downright frightening life can get, but the presentation of such ideas in the context of (for the most part) tight, spirited rock songs with catchy vocal melodies leaves one feeling strong, courageous, and determined to conquer adversity.
Top-notch, professional-grade playing abounds on Fairshake. Tasteful guitar leads, groovy, melodic basslines, and perfectly balanced, precise, no-nonsense drumming mesh together into the ideal backdrop for Goss' distinctive and unusually strong alto voice (which sounds like some sort of amalgamation of those voices belonging to such icons as Chrissie Hynde, Linda Perry, Grace Slick, and Melissa Etheridge).
Honest, soulful, and energetic, with just enough attitude and angst, Fairshake marks the start of a new and exciting chapter for one of the local scene's most storied rock acts. And if the album is any sort of indication of what's to come, you can expect great things from Shayne Goss & Co. in the near future.