So Intense is the only studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter Lisa Fischer, released on April 30, 1991. Of the ten tracks recorded for this album, "How Can I Ease the Pain", co-written by Fischer, was her biggest pop and R&B hit, reaching number 1 on the U.S. R&B chart, while peaking just outside the top ten of the pop charts, resting at number 11. The only other single to make any sort of impact was "Save Me", which, while failing to even dent the Billboard top 40 (reaching number 74), came close to repeating the success of "How Can I Ease the Pain" on the R&B chart, peaking at number 7. The last single, the title track, was also a moderate R&B hit, reaching the top 20 and peaking at number 15.
Tracks 1, 3 & 4 produced by Narada Michael Walden; assistant producers on track 1: Claytoven Richardson and Frank Martin; assistant producer on tracks 3 and 4: Louis Biancaniello. Recorded by Marc Rayburn and David Frazier. Mixed by David Frazier. Narada Michael Walden: Drums and percussion on all tracks; Claytoven Richardson and Frank Martin: Keyboards on track 1; Louis Biancaniello: Keyboards on tracks 1, 3 and 4; Ric Wilson: Guitars on track 1.
Tracks 2, 5, 6 and 8 produced by Luther Vandross. Tracks 2 and 6 recorded by Paul Brown and Stephen Harrison; tracks 5 and 8 recorded by Michael White, Deb Cornish & Ray Bardani. Mixed by Ray Bardani. John "Skip" Anderson: Keyboards, drums and percussion on tracks 2, 6 and 8; Buddy Williams: Drums and percussion on track 5; Marcus Miller: Synthesizers on tracks 5 and 8, electric bass on track 2; Georg Wadenius and Hiram Bullock: Guitars on track 5; Paul Jackson: Guitars on track 6; Dick Oatts: Saxophone on track 5; Nick Ashford: Vocal on track 5; Kevin Owens and Luther Vandross: Chorus vocals on tracks 2, 5 and 8; Eugene Van Buren: Chorus vocals on track 6; Brenda White-King, Cindy Mizelle and Paulette McWilliams: Chorus vocals on track 8.
Track 7 produced by Attala Zane Giles and Cornelius Mims. Recorded by Robert Macias. Mixed by Frank Clark. Attala Zane-Giles: Chorus vocals and all instruments.
Track 9 produced by Arif Mardin. Arranged by Steve Skinner. Recorded and mixed by Michael O'Reilly. Cindy Mizelle: Chorus vocals. Steve Skinner: All instruments.
Track 10 produced by Raymond Jones. Recorded and mixed by "Hill Swimmer", Randy Long and Roy Spong. Raymond Jones: Piano, sequencing; Abdou M'Boup, Carol Steele: Percussion.