Another Papercuts release, another opportunity for Jason Quever to get grudging respect from critics and next to no response from the listening public. I just don't get it. In my mind, Quever is producing some of the most intriguing and evocative melodies of any songwriter today.
That said, "Fading Parade" is a bit of a mixed bag. The sequencing feels a little off, it doesn't flow quite right. But there is much transcendence to be found, particularly in the one-two punch of "Do You Really Wanna Know" and "Do What You Will." He's still got the gift, folks, and there's a certain confidence here that bodes well for the future, from an album title that seems to sum up the band's sound to the fuller, bolder arrangements. Not to mention Quever's voice, which has always been his secret weapon. He lets it loose here, and it soars higher than ever.