Sarah Fimm - Near Infinite Possibility
- Artist: Sarah Fimm
- Album: Near Infinite Possibility
- Year of Release: 2011
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- Reviewed by: on 2011-08-01
Releasing her seventh album, Sarah Fimm, is readily expanding her sound with a bolder influence on Near Infinite Possibility. Noted in the past for having an uncanny similarity to Sarah McLachlan, this release seems to construct ways of setting her apart from the mainstream goth/folk female songstresses.
This album begins with "Soul Let Swim". As assumed, it carries the melancholy deep tones and soulful vocals. However, very quickly into the initial track you realize it has much more rock influence than anticipated. This continues to be the trend throughout the album. Right away in "Closer" the tempo and percussion nearly remove her from the McLachlan association. She relies heavily on her vocals and lyrics in "Yellow". The video for this song, available on her website, is extremely vivid and slightly eerie having been inspired by a story of a woman's decent into psychosis. The tracks seem to branch out to a classic rock feel with goth influence. "Disappear" and "Up From Dust" use guitar in such a way that it keeps Sarah's vocals on the pedestal while holding a strong rock foundation. I find that "Everything Becomes Whole" truly speaks for the effort of this whole album. It keeps the vocals simple and powerful and lets the rock inspiration take the stage without losing sight of the melody. The blend alone shows the exact emphasis of what this album is about.
This being her seventh album, Sarah has a well established sound. The space in the female aspect she was previously know for is now filled with a proper amount of rock found on this album. If Sarah's intent was to be found in a different light than prior comparisons, I think this was achieved here.
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