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(12 November 2000) Fisher's major label debut is entitled
True North (Farmclub/Interscope (USA) 06949-03672, 2000). Musical
Discoveries readers will recall the artist's independent release entitled
One earlier this year
True North is comprised of thirteen all new recordings but includes
eight tracks from One. Fisher's manager Scott Meldrum told us,
"True North only contains five new tracks. "Breakable" was actually
previously released on the Great Expectations original motion picture
soundtrack. The band went with the best representation of their sound and
style. They wrote about ten new songs for the album when compared to the
material from One, they went with a blend of both." He added, "All
of the songs fromOne have been re-recorded."
Fisher's current success is largely due to promotion via the internet
and millions of downloads made from mp3.com. "People tuning in traditonal
radio do the same thing as people pointing and clicking at their
computers—they're making a choice
about the music they want to hear," says vocalist Kathy Fisher. "There's
nothing accidental about people listening to your songs 2,000,000 times."
Yet until Fisher was signed by Farmclub.com/Interscope she says, "We
would go to labels and they'd say we sounded great but they didn't know
how to market our music, which we call 'artistic pop.'" Musical
Discoveries readers might call it adult alternative. Kathy continued,
"They'd tell us to come back when we had a fan base. I knew it was out
there somewhere but we just had to find it—and it was on the internet."
True North's 'new' tracks include: "Miseryland," "Breakable,"
"Human," "Simi CA" and "Mary." An obvious development from the band's
former sound, "Miseryland," blends light rock and ballad styles with
evocative vocals in the verses and a soft hook in the choruses.
"Breakable" and "Mary" are softly sung ballads, wrenched with emotion.
Kathy Fisher's emotive vocals are mixed way above the light guitar-based
arrangements in "Human." Soaring vocal passages in the chorus are
delightful. The blend of various guitar sounds, keyboards and sensual
vocals in "Simi CA" is most illustrative of the band's development.
Vocals are again mixed way up, just the way Musical Discoveries'
readers like them.
Certain to achieve further critical acclaim and broader commercial
success, Fisher's album True North is certain to please a broad
variety of listeners. You can find further reviews, soundbites and order
the album amazon.com
here. Certainly worth a cross-country journey, it is a must listen!