Scott Fisher plays concise piano/pop that's a combination of Ben Fods, Dave Mathews and a little bit of Thelonious Monk. And it doesn't hurt that the man can play piano frighteningly well....
Portland, Oregon-bred piano-pop purveyor Scott Fisher is a striking talent as evidenced by this impressive eponymous set. "Nothing," the disc's opener, is a biting, mournful number that has the allure of Keane and the boldness of Ben Folds. If Fisher frequently draws comparisons to the latter it may only be because so few folks do the attitudinal piano thing this well, but his knack for songcraft is abundant and clear on keepers like "Humility" and "Tragedy Untold." Aside from having able pipes, Fisher is quite imaginative as he bounces from a Spoon-like thumper called "Chemicals" to a jazzy, ska-inflected rant "Struggle" with ease. Even if he's showing off on the heart-gushing "Interlude," he's insanely skilled. Fans of keyboard pop from Joe Jackson to Folds to Five for Fighting will not be disappointed.
Review by John D. Luerssen
-Allmusic AMG pick
Combining keyboard-driven songs with a committed vocal presentation, Scott Fisher comes across as a spirited piano man for the new millennium. Alternating his vibrant tenor with a high-pitched falsetto similar to Coldplay's Chris Martin, Fisher's magnetic voice and keyboard work serve as the highlight of his material.
- Music Connection