Sunday, July 14, 2013

“Fear Not Victorious” by Hero Fisher – A Song Review

     Some songs are interesting with the first listen, but get better as the number of listens mounts. And a subset of those songs are only fully appreciated if played in “loop mode” until it’s time to do something else. “Fear Not Victorious” fits within that subset.
     Some songs are spoken from the heart, like “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian, but with all of the benefits that come from recording in the modern era. Yes, “Fear Not Victorious” is one of those songs.
      The song is the first offering from Hero Fisher. She is based in London. “Fear Not Victorious” begins with very little to distract the listener from her story. An acoustic guitar is present, but the guitar work is simple and the mixing makes certain that the focus is on the voice. But toward the end of song, the story has been told and the vocals get out of the way of the driving instruments, until a quiet finish occurs. Between the beginning portion with the focus on the story and the end portion with the focus on the instruments, there are transitions in which of the two dominates. But starting at the 4:14 mark of the song, there is a portion in which neither dominates, but instead the vocals and the iinstruments cooperate in raising the energy and the emotion. That is our favorite portion of "Fear Not Victorious."

     Below are both the SoundCloud stream and the YouTube video. But our focus is on Soundcloud, since the video is a distraction. That is not a knock on the people who produced the video. It’s just that the song needs the attention of the listener.
     We also included “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian, because we enjoyed the song after being reminded that it exists. 

     "Fear Not Victorious" by Hero Fisher

     "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian

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