By Sally A Schwartz
The Fairchilds' debut album, "Our Revolution" on indie label
Vertusent, came across my desk just a few short weeks ago. The
effort is the lovechild of French artist Cyril Niccolai.
Niccolai, whose looks are a cross between C.C. DeVille
and Sting, is not only a songwriter but also filled with
talent. He displays his strengths as vocalist and on keyboards
and acoustic guitar. The Fairchilds are rounded out by lead
guitarist Oliver Marlyison, rhythm guitarist Erick Sitbon,
bassist Hugo Cechosz and Philippe Entressangle on drums and
I would call "Our Revolution" modern renaissance for not only
its adult contemporary grooves, but its genre of far-ranging
appeal. My favorite song off the album is track three,
"Unbreakable," which was re-mastered for track 13 on the
effort. The tune comes at a time when many are questioning the
unfolding events around them. From loss of work and loss of
all that you have worked for to the loss of
relationships, this song brings out the will of survival in
all scenarios. The day that I received this CD and put it into
my own player, I was undergoing my own inner search for
strength and come to the realization that as long as I have
the will to survive, I too am "Unbreakable" and there is
hope. So, it would be a lie for me to say that this song
didnít strike a chord deep down within me.
Another song I really liked off the album was "Body of Lies."
For me, this song rang out about how the political and
corporate leaders of the world have the ability to deceive and
buy their way into our lives. Deceiving the general public and
making us believe that what they offer is better, that they
are working for us, but in the end they are only working to
better suit themselves.
Overall, I think this is a great CD. I can tell that much went
into its making and it brings out hope for a brighter future.
I have found that I have put it into my player more than once
for a listen and enjoy its contents greatly. I hope you the
reader will do the same.