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(09 November 2002) Lyrically Sarah Fimm is the musical definition of 'word-lick' intensity. Writing into places where most songs would never go and singing into places--poetry! A songstress of voice-focus lyrical life, Fimm writes thirteen-track and sings A Perfect Dream (SF12232012, 2002).

Beginning with the minimal movement of impressionism (percussion) Fimm opens with "Be Like Water". Stark naked in quality (the arrangement), but vocally fully clothed. "Alien Boys" (the fifth-track) is the expressionism of good abstract piano, which plays (actually she plays) gently into a ballad of full-spectrum vocal photography.

And from the song "Spit Trap Ghetto" (the eighth-track) Fimm lyrically swings in tongue licking and voice kicking chromatic purity--both rhythmically expressive and singing(ly) beautiful.

And what inspires Sarah Fimm? "I am inspired by everything. People inspire me, cookie dough inspires me, being alone inspires me. I try to really remember what is important, and once I started learning what was really important; it became a lot easier to become inspired."She continues, "I hope that makes sense. It's a very hard question--A Perfect Dream is based on conversations I had with homeless people. That's why I sampled them."

"Dale is of course my favorite, the title track. He gave me the idea for A Perfect Dream. And It makes my heart hurt to listen to him--that's how I knew it was good--people are just windows. People that struggle are fascinating ... which is all of us. So I will never be out of information. I am an idealist and also the queen of humanitarian ramblings."

Musically reproductive and voice structurally sound, Fimm writes (sings) to the listener thirteen human-tracks leading to A Perfect Dream. Outstanding musicians of ascending note: Sarah Fimm-Lead Vocals, Keyboards; Dana Oaks-Trumpet; Jim Perry-Drums; Mac Ritehey-Guitar; Michele Lane-Sax; Peter Geraghty-Bass and Beth Cohen-Tanbur.

And what one rule (or rules) in the business and theory of music does Sarah Fimm like to break? "All of them," she says!--Steven Digman

Listen to soundbites, read further reviews and explore the artist'sdebut album Cocooned at amazon.comhere.Certain to appeal toAlanis Morissette and Tori Amos enthusiasts, the latest album from Sarah Fimm. is a lightly arranged collection of alternative singer songwriter tracks with well defined lyrical edges. Worth a journey, the album is a nice listen!

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