Fury and Spin

Jacob Zachary's debut sounds like a collection of basement songs from the boy next door, the quiet type who knows how to express his sincerest sentiments.

Jacob Zachary's debut sounds like a collection of basement songs from the boy next door, the quiet type who knows how to express his sincerest sentiments. "Fury and Spin" strongly mirrors Duncan Sheik's gorgeous 1996 folk-pop debut, with thoughtful, shiny production and a vulnerable temperament. The arrangements are romantic and catchy, but it's Zachary's potent lyrics that transcend his ordinary songwriting; he stabs at the mystical, wrestling with the nature of God and humanity, and juxtaposing belief with unbelief. On "Human," he sings: "We keep breaking for the love of ourselves/But oh, how are we to know/The price we should pay/And what could we really expect from a nature so human," waxing similar to Christian artists like Brian Kieta and Derek Webb. Zachary has created a well-rounded, promising first effort.—KH