Jeremy Fisher - Goodbye Blue Monday
Record Label: Wind-up Records
Release Date: March 11, 2007
Canadian singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher’s latest album Goodbye Blue Monday is a tour-de-force in acoustic-based pop that calls to mind Simon and Garfunkel and Jackson Browne. The wanton exuberance brought forth on the 10-song release is equal parts charisma, skill, and lyrical wit. Complemented by drums, bass, glockenspiel, accordion, and piano, Goodbye Blue Monday opens up with the rollicking shuffle of “Scar That Never Heals,” which sounds like a long lost cut off of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
On the playful rattle of “Jolene,” Fisher sounds more like David Mead and Gary Jules as the pace slows down a bit and he begins to get contemplative about a suggested former lover. His first single off the record is the accordion-laced “Cigarette,” which boasts a bouncy sing along chorus and a hard-charging bass rhythm. It should be noted that a highly inventive animated video of “Cigarette” is available on YouTube. His second single is the blitheful “American Girls,” which shimmies like a hyper fireball and features a percussive backbeat as the Canadian laments the pitfalls of chasing down American women. On the solemn “Left Behind,” Fisher croons about the wear-and-tear of a life on the road and missing the comforts of home. The simple acoustic ballad echoes the more recent work of Josh Rouse and is equally pensive and panged.
On the radio-ready “Lay Down,” Fisher unleashes a commanding chorus bursting with swagger and confidence. If one song stands above the rest, this is it. Written for a highly publicized airplane killing in Florida, the track is awash with political intrigue, beautiful songcraft, and a soaring chorus. Lightening things up a bit is the Dan Bern-ish “High School,” in which Fisher waxes nostalgic about the ups and downs of adolescence — a song that received heavy airplay on Canadian radio and TV.
For an artist labeled as acoustic singer/songwriter, Fisher appears far from it. The disc pounces around in the liveliest of ways and makes this a dynamic, wholly original album. With a handful of radio-ready singles and an increasing buzz, I see no reason why Fisher won’t make a huge splash on the U.S. music scene.