Title - 'Fornever And Never'
Artist - Fischer's Flicker
As his very own website perfectly states, "Scott Fischerís brain is like a vast musical amusement park and he wants to take us all on a thrilling ride"! And, trust me, once you hear his music, inclusive of his brand new album, Fornever and Never you'll know exactly what that means.
Fischerís Flicker is the latest brainchild of Fischer and marks the next step in a musical evolution that began over 15 years ago. Fischer Flickerís debut album, Katmandonít was an incredible seven (7) years in the making and, in addition to Flickerís core members, included guest performances by an impressive roster of Chicago musicians.
That aforementioned album marked Fisher's 4th release to-date, but being that this is only the second Fischer's Flicker album since then, well, it seems Fisher himself has got some more musical musings to impart on us after all.
We begin with the happy-go-lucky, fun bounce of 'Black Mariah,' a song so driven by some grandiose piano that you would half expect Billy Joel to pop up playing it in the video! The delightful mid-tempo, finger-snappin' bounce of 'Dead to Me' is next, which in turn is backed by both 'Halo of Flies' and 'Emoticons.' The former, with its distorted guitars opening, the latter with it's speeding train vibe, it's no wonder the former was penned by none other than Alice Cooper!
'Mrs. Rogers (& the Land of Make-Believe)' is an interesting song, to say the least, and combines a lot of multi-chorus, layered Middle Eastern sounds, and that is followed by the smooth R&B, soulful blanket of 'Dancin' Girl.' With an album like this, that dares to be labelled, it's a pure unadulterated delight to be able to say that I fell in love with it instantly! I mean, I dare you not to also, when you listen to the creative flow of each and every single one of these genre-splayed tracks.
The ten minute "title track," 'Fornever' is a delightful, pert piano masterpiece, and one that will have you sitting back and mulling over the idea that you possibly just heard it in a Broadway musical or some such entity. You didn't, by the way. The album then wraps up with the country-tinged ballad, 'This Little Heart of Mine,' yet another musical genre that Fornever And Never lovingly taps into.