Stephen Fischbacher - Build Up

Tuesday 1st July 2003
Stephen Fischbacher - Build Up
Stephen Fischbacher - Build Up

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: 5000174200
RELEASE DATE: 2002-10-03
RRP: £14.95

Reviewed by Dougie Adam

Given the widespread criticism of many children’s albums it has always surprised me that Stephen Fischbacher has so far been ignored by the likes of Spring Harvest and those who compile the latest songbooks of children’s choruses. Put simply, Fischy has to be one the best songwriters for children in the UK at the moment. Since the mid-‘90s he has released albums of an increasingly high quality on his own label. His latest album finds Lies Damned Lies man Steve Butler sharing production duties and adding some refined class to the proceedings. From start to finish this is an album of infectiously catchy pop tunes which soon have this listener singing and chanting along. All the songs are superbly recorded with great playing from the band as they mix tasteful backing, enthusiasm, humour and slip effortlessly into fun pastiche mode with a knowing wink as required. The 10 songs on this album are all based around the themes of self-esteem, bullying and friendship and just about all of them would be suitable for use in church, Sunday School and primary school assemblies for those who are trying to move away from children’s hymns and the likes of One More Step Along The World I Go and Junior Praise in these settings. It is genuinely difficult to select highlights as the quality is consistently high throughout. The one criticism is with regard to the re-recorded version of “I’m The Only I” my favourite track from Stephen’s previous album. My horror at its dance remix treatment here is probably a sign that I am just a little bit too fond of its previous incarnation! Stop press: Fischy Music are putting out a sample CD for £2 with excerpts of seven songs from his last three albums as a taster for the uninitiated… no excuses for not checking him out now!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Aaron in east sussex @ 18:51 on Jul 11 2009

i love your cd


Posted by Richard Syred in Highland Scotland @ 20:36 on Mar 18 2009

This album has made many an assembly go with a bang. "As we go now" has left many a tear in parents eyes too. Well done. A fabulous album.

Posted by ross bungay in edinburgh @ 14:36 on Dec 14 2007

i sang on this album 5 years ago

Reply by emily in uk @ 15:53 on May 27 2009

so did i but i am still singing it

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