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3.50 | 121 ratings

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2 stars Dark, lascivious, sophisticated, 'chic' are a few words that come to mind when you hear this album, where snippets from old films pop up here and there, making the album sound 'oh so urbane'. FISH spews his venom with his legendary cynicism and successfully conveys the sophisticated Fellini aura. Even the musicianship (the strong point of the album) is flawless, managing to incorporate some psychedelia to the Fellini mystique. So why don't I like this album?

Basically, it is the music of "Fellini Days" that fails to move me. Impeccable musicianship can only dress up 3-chord tunes to a point. For example, the first track, a 9-minute laid-back tune with a hip-hop groove and slurring vocals conveys the right admosphere; but once you remove the 'special effects' (sounds of Federico Fellini's voice in the background, among others) what's left is very blah. The album also suffers from a couple of insipid "Obligatory Ballad"s (title of track 8, by the way). The only tracks that save the day are "Dancing in Fog", another hip-hop sound-alike with some neat arrangements, and the truly inspired closer "Clock Moves Sideways", a hypnotic scorcher with a strong flavour of Abbey Road's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". Let's face it: FISH is a unique and talented artist; the man's a genius, in my books. And I wish he had shown more musical originality with "Fellini Days" instead of indulging in some kind of lustful fantasy. Perhaps he'll snap out of it - the sooner, the better.

Hibou | 2/5 |


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