In 2002 Faris Nourallah took the break-up of the Nourallah Brothers as anopportunity to release his first solo record I Love Faris. Critics frommagazines such as Mojo found the record to be "warm touching, and onceheard near impossible to live without." Less than a year later he hadreleased his sophomore solo record Probematico. Again critics and fanswere pleased drawing comparisons to Ray Davies, Eric Mathews, and Plush. Despite the success he had with the first two records, Faris knew he had abetter record in him. That record was King of Sweden.
On Faris Nourallah‚s new album Problematico you‚ll find that each song haspop hooks that fall like candy from a heart shaped piñata ˆ each newmelody a sticky sweet guilty pleasure. In Faris‚ world, he is the sun andeach new song another planet swirling around him. As such, some are cold,blue, and distant, while others swirl with inviting and fantastic colorsand textures. The purity and newness he delivers seems like somethingleftover from childhood, some basic piece of the human core so many of uslose touch with as we grow increasingly consumed by the daily grind.
I Love Faris is an album of deftly constructed songs with swooning dramatic melodies juxtaposed with twinkling organ lines that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear coming out of a circus tent. If this record had come out 20 years ago, you’d likely know Faris’ name as well as you know Elvis Costello or Ray Davies; he’s that good. As you listen to the record, you’ll find that with each head bobbing pop song and piano ballad we get another glimpse of the bizarre world Faris has created. Each song fills the room nostalgia and fantasy, taking the listener to a distorted place where love, hope, and desire take on new meaning. You’ll find little pretense and almost no sense of self-consciousness, just a set of some of the most sincere and addictively catchy pop songs you’ve heard in a long while.