Fearless

Fearless

by Keri Noble
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Overview

Fearless

After the female singer/songwriter boom of the '90s -- a boom that saw the rise of everyone from Alanis Morissette to Paula Cole to Shawn Colvin -- singer/songwriters lost some commercial ground for a few years. But that wasn't a permanent situation, thankfully; the popularity of Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Branch in 2003 demonstrated that there was still a healthy market for female singer/songwriters and that not every young woman who picked up a microphone was expected to sound like Britney Spears. That singer/songwriter aesthetic is very much at work on Fearless, which shows Keri Noble to be an artist of considerable depth and sensitivity. Because of the Arif Mardin connection -- he is one of Fearless' executive producers -- and because Noble is a romantic, piano-playing female vocalist, some listeners might wonder if she is anything like Norah Jones. Mardin, of course, had a track record before Jones was even born, but Jones' Come Away With Me was the veteran producer's greatest accomplishment in the early 2000s -- and given Jones' tremendous success, it isn't surprising that many industry insiders wondered who would be "the next Norah Jones." But if anyone can be accused of trying to emulate Jones, it certainly isn't Noble; when this adult alternative release is playing, one is much more likely to think of Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, or Mary Fahl (of October Project fame). Noble, however, is her own woman, and her reflections sound quite personal on introspective, soulful offerings like "Falling," "Bartender," and "Look at Me." Fearless is not an album that goes out of its way to push the smile button; at times, Noble's observations can be dark and melancholy. But if Fearless is less than optimistic on the whole, it is also impressively honest and sincere -- emotionally, Noble really lays it on the line, and she shows a great deal of promise on this superb debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2004
Label: Manhattan Records
UPC: 0724359582900
catalogNumber: 95829

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keri Noble   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Kathleen Johnson   Background Vocals
Rob Arthur   Accordion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Overdubs,Loops
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Jeff Victor   Organ
Jeff Arundel   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Loops,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Christopher Cardona   Viola
Antoine Silverman   Violin
John Conte   Bass
Dirk Freymuth   Electric Guitar
Jon Herchert   Electric Guitar
Ann Klein   Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar
Rich Mercurio   Percussion,Drums,Loops
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Anja Wood   Cello
Jeff Bailey   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Arthur   Producer,drum programming
Tim Hatfield   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Jeff Arundel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rob Genadek   Engineer
Jonathan Dinklage   String Overdubs
Friederike Paetzold   Art Direction,Paintings
Ian Ralfini   Executive Producer
Keri Noble   Composer

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Fearless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS GIRL HAS A GREAT VOICE AND HER LYRICS ARE WONDERFUL. SHE SINGS ABOUT REAL LIFE AND YOU CAN UNDERSTAND EACH WORD SANG. SHE IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. WHEN I FIRST HEARD HER SONG TALK TO ME I IMMEDIATELY RELATED TO IT. SO ALL I ASK IS FOR TOMMY TO TALK TO ME. HER SONG IS EXACTLY THE SAME SITUATION I AM IN WITH THIS MAN. I WANT TO TALK TO HIM. SINCERELY MARIE WISE
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Keri's music at her CD release party in Minneapolis and became an instant fan. My boyfriend, Nathanael, has been a fan since her early days in coffee shops out on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and continually raves about Keri's talents. Her music gets your blood flowing and the lyrics are heart felt. This cd is a "must-have" in any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw Keri in person with Cyndi Lauper and this gal can sing. Great Voice, great appearence, and delivers a wonderful stage performance. She will be among the rising stars of music today.