Fisher – Uppers & Downers

Uppers & Downers

Fisher is a two-piece project comprising of vocalist Kathy Fisher and multi-instrumentalist Ron Wasserman, with some help from friends. This two-disc release is comprised of songs that the band consider to be one disc of upbeat songs while another of songs that are more downbeat, hence the title. You may be somwhat familar with their version of the old classic “L.O.V.E.” if you pay attention to commercials since it has been used in at least one. Kathy Fisher’s vocal stylings can range from airy to full bodied and full of timbre, which works nice with the contrasting styles of these two discs.
“Different Kind of Wonderful” is an up-tempo full-bodied number that is very jangly and sweet with very good vocal work. The backing on this song is very nice, as Fisher uses her voice very nicely to mix with it all, be it breathy exhortions or strong staggered vocals. “Dirty Girl” is a rather disturbing song that is apparently about a girl who wants a relationship but keeps finding people who will only have one-night stands. The vocals again can go from seductive to depressed in a second, while the start/stop backing is done expertly. “Dream On,” their cover of the Aerosmith song, isn’t really the best choice for them to tackle. It’s a decent version and an interesting take on it, but it isn’t a song a band like this can pull off, though Fisher still gives it the old college try.
“How We Met” starts off Downers with a full-powered vocal approach by Fisher and stark atmospheric keyboards that drift and fade in and out. Fisher uses the space nicely since she is very capable of filling it herself with her vocals and nice placement. “Miss Ophelia” is a smoky darker song that has Fisher crooning in a strong breathy performance that is actually pretty spell-binding. The vocals just have a nice lilt to them that will can entrance you over the laid back approach of the keyboards and other instruments. “Missing” is a nice laid-back piano-driven tender song with Fisher sweetly moaning and crooning along underneath this high soaring piece.
These two discs are different in tone but share a lot of similarities, but Downers is much sparser and more vocally driven. This is nothing outstanding, just what you would expect from stuff in this style: nice and peaceful songs. There isn’t much to keep you coming back, but that isn’t so unusual either; it’s hard to comment on because there isn’t a lot to say. It’s a competent outing with some decent stuff on both disc and an occasional misstep, but the production, singing, and instrumentation are all pleaseant. Decent adult alternative-type stuff geared in that direction, and for what it is, it’s well pulled off.