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3.12 | 197 ratings

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2 stars Fish out of his waters

Despite a couple of weak numbers, Fish's first solo album Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors was very good. This second effort is clearly not up to par with it. Still, there are some good moments here like the opener Shadowplay and the very folky title track, but also some rather mundane numbers in the middle of the album. Indeed, Internal Exile is strongest at its beginning and at its end, and less good as we move towards the middle. Tongues is also among the better songs. Credo I sometimes find quite tedious as Fish repeats the title a little bit too much. Just Good Friends, Favourite Stranger, Lucky and Dear Friend are not awful, but rather forgettable. Had he taken the best few tracks from this album and put them on Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors replacing the weakest few tracks from that album, he would have a really strong album. But as it stands, this album is not good enough overall.

I'm afraid that there is not very much more to say about this album apart from a comment on the excellent title track. This song is an up-tempo Folk song with a great accordion solo. For me this is the absolute highlight of the album, surprising and surprisingly good! I actually wish that Fish would have made a whole album in this style!

I recommend this to Fish's fans, but I cannot help thinking that it is slightly disappointing

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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