Halfway to Naked

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This title is the major-label debut and second overall release from Salem, MA-based Vesica Pisces. The band's unusual name is derived from the sacred geometry pattern of two intersecting circles that also share the same radius -- such as the golden rings that grace the Halfway to Naked 2003 cover art. The quartet features the respective talents of Kelly Fitzgerald vocals/guitar/percussion, Brian Pothier guitar/vocals/mandolin/alto sax, Adam Nicol Roach drums/percussion/vocals, and Bill Bleschke bass/vocals. The combo first came to fame after winning the Los Angeles Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Artist in 2000. They were also making a name for themselves via ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This title is the major-label debut and second overall release from Salem, MA-based Vesica Pisces. The band's unusual name is derived from the sacred geometry pattern of two intersecting circles that also share the same radius -- such as the golden rings that grace the Halfway to Naked 2003 cover art. The quartet features the respective talents of Kelly Fitzgerald vocals/guitar/percussion, Brian Pothier guitar/vocals/mandolin/alto sax, Adam Nicol Roach drums/percussion/vocals, and Bill Bleschke bass/vocals. The combo first came to fame after winning the Los Angeles Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Artist in 2000. They were also making a name for themselves via incessant touring in support of their 1999 self-titled debut effort. Their time in the trenches -- doing upwards of 200 live dates a year around the globe -- has paid off with this collection of a baker's dozen of originals and one well-chosen cover of Wayne Kramer's "No Easy Way Out." Undoubtedly, the influence of veteran producer Jack Douglas has much to do with the album's decidedly clean and radio-friendly tone. Rather than simply temper Vesica Pisces' raw and more aggressive side, he allows the band to unleash its own highly stylized brand of contemporary pop
ock. The band's sound centers on Fitzgerald's uniformly riveting lead vocals, which lie somewhere between the unrefined and earthy passion of Melissa Etheridge and the throaty power pop of Sheryl Crow. Likewise, Fitzgerald asserts her command of both the languid and pastoral "Peace Is Not the Absence" as well as the upbeat "Groovy Town." Potheir's fretwork provides a series of interesting textures, ranging from the unplugged bite of the mandolin that highlights "Something to Hold Onto" to the funky wah-wah intro of "Single" or the Mellotron-esque sound incorporated into "Settlesville," reminiscent of George Harrison's contributions to "Badge." Overall, Vesica Pisces' solid yet airy and overall radio-friendly sound should score with both pop and rock enthusiasts in equal measure.
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  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Big 3 Records (Ada)
  • UPC: 804983675220
  • Catalog Number: 36752

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vesica Pisces Primary Artist
Valerie Carter Background Vocals
Bill Bieschke Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Jack Douglas Percussion, Voices, Didjeridu
Gumbi Ortiz Conga
Mark Radice Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jay Wasco Synthesizer Strings
Bob Malone Accordion, Keyboards
Dennis Gallo Keyboards
Prymary Colorz Background Vocals
Kelly Fitzgerald Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Guitar (Tremolo)
Tony Harrison Voices
Technical Credits
Wayne Kramer Composer
Bill Bieschke Composer
Jack Douglas Producer
Douglas Lunn Composer
George Marino Mastering
Mark Radice Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
William Edwards Executive Producer
Qadree el-Amin Executive Producer
Kelly Fitzgerald Composer
Brian Pothier Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Song for Every Mood

    After listening all the way through the new Vesica Pisces CD, 1/2 Way to Naked, I realized that there is at least one song for just about any mood a person can have. "Single" will probably be this summers happy hit radio song, "No Easy Way Out" is powerful and hits you in the gut and "In and Out of Love" is a Santana/Natalie Merchant type, that brings you up, down and back again in one sitting. There is not even one mediocre tune in the bunch. Wow!

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