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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bicycle Music Com.
  • ASIN: B000SO7OMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Scar That Never Heals
2. Jolene
3. Cigarette
4. American Girls
5. Goodbye Blue Monday
6. Lay Down (Ballad Of Rigoberto Alpizar)
7. High School
8. Sula
9. 16mm Dream
10. Left Behind
11. Fall For Anything

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By amerdale876 on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jeremy Fisher (real name: Jeremy Binns) is yet another Canadian who has crossed the border onto the music scene here in the U.S. with quite an impressive debut album, his sophomore effort, "Goodbye Blue Monday." Although Fisher self-released an album in 2001 and followed it with his major label debut in 2004, this is the album that will win Fisher an American audience. He sounds like a mix of Paul Simon, a young Tom Petty, Joshua Radin, and a little of Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne) all in one.

His best Paul Simon voice immediately comes forth in the opening track "Scar That Never Heals," a bouncy track about the singer's obsessive love with a female gunrunner, singing that his love is exactly what the title implies. This analogy tells the listener right away what to expect of the singer's somewhat bittersweet views on love and it fills the album. The second song, "Jolene," continues this theme about a woman with whom he was madly in love with but the relationship ended. Fisher's most recent single out now is "Cigarette" and, like most singles, it isn't the best song on the album, but features a heavy Tom Petty-like vocal as the singer sings from the perspective of a cigarette to its latest victim about the guilty pleasure and satisfaction that comes from its use.

Speaking of Petty, the listener would think that the fourth track, "American Girls," was maybe some sequel or remake of the Petty classic. However, this song is the complete antithesis to Petty's "American Girl." Fisher's "American Girls." Whereas Petty's "Girl" tells of a girl who yearns to accomplish her dreams and is seen in the song as the heroine, Fisher's "Girls" is about a group of girls who take pleasure in taking advantage of the singer and do nothing but use him for their own purposes.
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Format: Audio CD
Jeremy Fisher
Goodbye Blue Monday
(Wind-up)
US release date: 18 September 2007
UK release date: Available as import

by Tony Sclafani

At his best, Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher recalls the snappy, rhythmic pop-folk of Paul Simon in the early 1970s on this tuneful debut. Latin rhythms, acoustic guitar, and clever wordplay make this disc a lot of fun to listen to, especially on songs like the YouTube hit "Cigarette", in which Fisher likens his romantic appeal to being like a bad habit. Fisher's wispy vocals combine with producer Hawksley Workman's spare, low-key sound to create an offhand intimacy that makes it seem like Fisher is confiding his thoughts only to you, the listener.

On "American Girls", Fisher takes on a subject similar to "American Woman", done by fellow Canadians The Guess Who decades ago. But Fisher's number is less of a diatribe against US females and more of a semi-serious complaint with lines like "I'm naked on this leash / American girls' got me beat". Funny stuff. It's less amusing when Fisher waxes serious, because while his Paul Simon influence sounds natural, his Bruce Springsteen inclinations come off as unintentional satire. Would-be political anthems like "Fall for Anything" and "Lay Down (Ballad of Rigoberto Alpizar)" are either didactic or too cliché. Ironically, they also reveal less of the songwriter's observational eye than his "lighter" songs like his wry, bemused look back at "High School".

This U.S. release marks the first time a Fisher CD gets an official airing outside of his native Canada, where the Vancouver-based Fisher has already released two CDs; it's a noteworthy--though somewhat uneven--welcome to a larger audience.

From Pop Matters - 17 September 2007
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Goodbye Blue Monday is a very mellow folksy album, like one you would buy at Starbucks. With songwriting skills akin to Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Warren Zevon, and an acoustic guitar, Jeremy Fisher produces a surprisingly enjoyable and relaxing listening experience from beginning to end. "Scar That Never Heals", the first selection, delivers a slightly upbeat melody on top of catchy lyrics about gun running. Another up-tempo song, "American Girls", is very reminiscent of Tom Petty in song structure and in vocals, although, for the record, it is not a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl".

One of my favorite cuts is one titled, "Cigarette". The lyrics were really clever, and fit the melody quite well. After a few listens, its difficult to not sing along to the chorus, "I'll be your cigarette. Light me up and get on with it. I'll be hard to forget, good or bad, I'm just a habit.."

I was really impressed by this CD. It might not be placed into my list of CDs I consider for heavy rotation, but I definitely will be listening to it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. C. on November 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was riding home the other night listening to XPN out of Philly and this tune comes on with a great hook, some harmonica and some catchy lyrics. So I log in the next day and go to the playlist time to see who it was. Turns out it was Jeremy Fisher and the tune was "High School". Next thing I know I'm on his website listening to other samples and I'm hooked. I just picked up the disc at Borders last night and I'm glad it's not just a one tune disc or artist. If you like Josh Rouse, early Simon and Garfunkle or anyone else that's been mentioned in the other reviews I'm sure you'll like Jeremy as well. Other tunes from the disc that stand out are "Cigarette", "American Girls", "Lay Down" and "Sula". His biography and website is nice as well to learn more about him. Thanks XPN!
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