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(20 February 2000) Fisher's debut release is entitled One
(Rawfish Records (USA) FTRC1001). Fronted by the extremely
attractive lead vocalist
Kathy Fisher, who also sang the song "Breakable" on the Great
Expectations soundtrack, the nine-track vocally intense recording
also includes contributions by Ron Wasserman (production, programming,
keys, bass, drums and backing vocals), John Adair (guitars), Cush
(guitars and backing vocals), Shawn Jones (harmonica) and Jo Pusateri
The majority of the writing was done by Fisher and RAW (Ron
Wasserman) although one track was co-written with John Adair.
Fisher's music is highly accessible and pop oriented, highly vocally
influenced with thick guitar and keyboard providing additional
dimensions and texture. The album's opening track, "Any Way,"
has a highly memorable chorus with a strong hook, and the
instrumental arrangements perfectly compliment the occasional
multi-tracked vocal. "Never Say Never" is more choral in its
vocal texture and dramatic in its arrangement while "The Life"
builds a power pop texture with almost spoken vocal part,
further melodic and highly layered sung vocals and a deeply
textured and rich guitar arrangement.
"True North" and "I Will Love You" are a softly
sung ballads, the former textured with guitar and light keyboard and
the latter accompanied by piano alone. Here Fisher's
emotional delivery is perfectly complimented by the softness,
sensitivity and energy of her voice. "True North" has additional backing
vocals layered with light instrumentation. The track "Had To" continues
much in the same vein, opening almost a capella, yet building with
powerful instrumentals and soaring vocals to a rocking
crescendo—the entire range a testament to the artist's talent.
The track "Hello It's Me" combines jazz musings—piano,
sax, snare drum and bass—and rock sensibilities with a high
energy vocal part and memorable hook. "Every Time" is a
dance-oriented pop number with lots of percussion, thick guitar
and a highly memorable vocally multi-layered chorus—the vocal
work and instrumental arrangements are highly notable. The
slow moving and highly varied arrangements of "Six Hundred 66"
conclude the album.
You should be able to order Fisher's One album at her website. Be sure to check out the soundbites at
her www.mp3.com website.
Fisher's One is an exciting debut and illustrative of a stunning
artist with lots of potential. The songs should be sampled online and
the album further explored by female vocal enthusiasts—a very nice