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Illinois Entertainer   Oct 2008.  
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Local CD Reviews October 31, 2008

As part of The Vatican III, Brian Fife melds traditional church hymns with lounge music, but on *Acceptance*, Fife's third CD credited to *Brian Fife & Band*, piano-driven rock takes center stage. Less flamboyant than, say, Elton John, Fife tickles the ivories with intense precision on the title track while "The Forgotten Generation" crackles with a buzz reminiscent of The Who. "A Time To Love" serves as the album's signature ballad, oozing with '70s easy-listening sentiment perfect for a Time Life infomercial. ( www.brianfife.com)
-- Janine Schaults
 

Daily Herald  Feb 2004.  
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Fife releases CD at Cutting Hall party
Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Brian Fife and Band held a release party for their latest CD, "So Nice To Be With You," recently at Cutting Hall in Palatine. A full house embraced the music, danced, and then headed to the lobby for autographs and snacks.

The concert featured Fife's faithful musical entourage, as well as newcomer Brian Peters - "child prodigy," as Fife introduced him. Sporting a Valentine-red derby hat and guitar, Peters mesmerized the audience with his solos and playful persona.

Though singer/songwriter Fife, of Elk Grove Village, originally intended to record a CD similar to his first one, "Strength of Soul," his new album ended uphaving an edgier sound that incorporated vintage synthesizers and "crunchy" guitar.

Fife describes it as "reminiscent of the '80s with a touch of Beatles flavor."

The subjects of his lyrics varied widely, including the last player chosen in +the NFL draft in the song "Mr. Irrelevant" to a Polish resort town called Hel in "Ferry Ride to Hel."

His producer, Joe Dilillo of Solid Sound Studio in Hoffman Estates, and fellow musicians stretched Fife's musical boundaries in ways Fife said he only could have dreamed about.

"I poured my heart and soul into this project as I have done in the past," Fife said. "I think the songs are the most catchy and infectious songs I have ever written." Fife writes all his own music and lyrics and plays piano at area churches.
 

Sept 2002: Brian co-produces benefit CD for the homeless - www.journeysofhope.org

I wanted to let you know about an EXCITING new CD that has just been released called "Journeys of Hope" that I have been blessed to be a part of. It is a benefit CD for the homeless and features 13 relaxing and reflective instrumental tracks by a variety of talented recording artists from across the country. Instruments featured include flute, guitar, piano, tin whistle and hammered dulcimer, and the CD covers a broad range of styles, from jazz to Celtic folk to classical. It is perfect for chill-down times or for helping you get through rush hour traffic jams. I contributed a solo piano track and I am also featured on a track by tin whistle player Gerry Aylward. I was asked to co-produce the CD with my friend Lorenzo DeLeon, a fine guitarist who is on the board of directors for "Journeys from PADS to HOPE", an organization devoted to the homeless population of Chicago's northwest suburbs. All of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to this fine organization ! that has not only provided shelter to so many homeless, but has helped many to get a leg up and find permanent housing.

If you are interested in purchasing the CD, you can check it out at www.journeysofhope.org. You have the option of ordering the CD online or printing out a mail-order form. It's a cool CD and a great cause! I have been thrilled to be a part of it. Regarding Brian Fife and Band, I am continuing to write new music and hope to record another CD in the near future. I will keep you posted on any upcoming shows or recordings. Thanks for your continued support.

Brian Fife
 

GrapeVine  Jan 2001.   (No longer on-line)

"What Fife has delivered on Strength of Soul is not a collection of songs about faith, but a thematic cycle about living in the world informed by a deeply lived faith."

"Musically, Brian Fife's fine piano work is the backbone of all but one or two songs. The arrangements are intelligent and the musicanship professional."

"I highly recommend it." by Larry Nolte
 

Illinois Entertainer Online  Jan 2000.   Full article

In this diversity-obsessed pop-cultural moment, there's no reason that Brian Fife's Strength Of Soul, a well-crafted collection of contemporary Christian music, shouldn't find a home on the CD  players of those curious about what the upper tier of unsigned singer/songwriters is up to. The music hearkens back to early Bruce Hornsby, while the lyrics work variants of this stanza from "One Thing That I Know": "Pain became my greatest teacher, and all along/It was love bringing me through the fire/All other treasures they will burn into the ground/To have you, I'll give my life and  lay my body down."  by Arsenio Orteza
 

Daily Herald  July 24, 1999.  Full article

"A big reason for Fife's appeal is his unusually sincere and revealing lyrics, especially in this day and age of "chic" guardedness." "...Fife exudes an irresistible warmth and authenticity through his music..." by Collette Placek


 

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