After virtually swearing to never record another album, Fisher is back with the intensely emotional and personal 'Water'. It chronicles the incidents in the last two years that have had profound impacts on them, such as Kathy's baptism, the death of her father, and the other ups and downs of life (the details of which are available on their podcast).
Even if you do not know all of the details behind each song, you can still enjoy the album. When I got the CD, it had been a while since I last heard the podcast and only remembered the absolute basics. I thought it was a wonderful album, but I listened to the podcast again and was struck by just how wonderful the album really was. The songs became that much more important. I could take in more fully the joy of Kathy's baptism and religious experiences, the pain of the death of her father and the resulting depression, and then the joy again from the subsequent upswing of life. You really go on the journey with them as they revisit the last few years.
I have several favorites from the album, but I think 'Victims of the Sky' is one that clearly stands out. It was written about the day Kathy learned that her father had died. Life had been going well and then the "sky fell in." Ron says on the podcast, "Later on when I was writing this track, 'victims of the sky' just kinda kept popping out as an idea, and I thought ultimately whether you believe in God, or that there is no God, or the Big Bang Theory, or whatever you believe in, it all originates from above us. It all originates from the sky, and sadly, we're all victims of that."
'Revival' was a very appropriate track with which to conclude the album. Kathy says it is about finding peace within the storms of life. We will always face trials and you have to find the silver lining, otherwise you will get lost. With time, they've been able to look back on these events and find the lessons available for them. Fortunately, they have shared these with us so that we can learn from them, too.
'Water' is one of Fisher's strongest albums. 'Uppers & Downers' is easily their best album, but 'Water' is right up there with it. We are really fortunate that Fisher reversed their decision to stop recording. It is hard to think that this album might never have been, considering its quality and its ability to affect the listener.