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3.80 | 207 ratings

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4 stars Four stars.

For me one of the best works by Steven Wilson as a producer (I must confess I didn't like so much the work he made for 'Kallocain' by Paatos), maybe only surpassed by latest Porcupine Tree albums, Opeth's Blackwater Park, Deliverance and Damnation, and No-Man's 'Schoolyard Ghosts'.

Fish's mind looks totally refreshed by the presence of Wilson, who brought him new musical territories as well as provided new textures to his music, allowing him to explore new vocal posibilities while enhancing his theatrical facet.

I must admit in some moments it was like if I was listening to a reinvented Fish, or maybe an alter-ego of Marillion in the nineties if they were followed with Fish. The album includes many trip-hop elements (for example, the monster track 'What Colour is God?', one of my favourites of the album) as well as early seventies psychedelic rock influences ('The Perception of Johnny Punter', 'Jungle Ride' and 'Sunsets on Empire') or the funky-disco bizarre style of another brilliant master piece 'Worm in a Bottle', at the same time coexisting with absolutely modern rock symphonies like 'Brother 52' to end falling on an ethereal state of mind with the resigned yet optimistic epic lullaby 'Say it With Flowers'.

An almost perfect album if it wasn't for a couple of moments where Fish falls into repetition.

synesthetize | 4/5 |


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