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FISH OUT OF WATER

Chris Squire

 

Symphonic Prog

4.00 | 493 ratings

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koresea
4 stars if I had to say if someone will like this album I would tell them that "If you are a Yes fan, you will find it incredible, if you dislike the band then there not much to listen to here". As the other reviewers have said the style that Chris Squire adopts to his solo work is pretty much what he has done with yes before in his life, awesome music.

The album is made of three short songs and two long ones, it opens with the impressive radio-friendly "Hold Out Your Hand", this is the type of song that you can put in the car with someone who does not know prog-rock and there is still a good chance that he will appreciate it. As soon as the song starts we can already perceive that Chris does not disappoint in the bass lines who are strong and cool, he does the vocals for the album too and I must say that I'm very impressed by the way that he sings soo good without "trying too much".

Another thing that must be said about the songs here is that despite being a "solo record" Squire gives much space to the other musicians play and they are all very good, proving that he is not only a bass virtuoso but a great songwriter too.

The other two short songs are very pleasurable too, You By My Side are kinda like the sequel of Hold Out but are more slow-paced and relaxing and Lucky Seven is the "jazzier" song of the album, pretty good too.

The two long songs of the album are like a "two-edged knife" for me, by one side Silently Falling is the best song in the album starts very slow like "You by my side" but keeps going more faster and emotional until reaches its climax with Chris delivering awesome lyrics together with a beautiful piano and guitar. Safe (Canon Song) on the other side is the worst song of the album, in my opinion, it too long and repetitive, the instrumental keeps going but doesn't feel that is coming anywhere, I think is the only "bad" song on the LP.

"Fish out of water" is not a masterpiece, especially because Chris is not really "out of the water", showing us a type of songwriting already introduced in Yes, but this is as good as his contributions in Yes and will be appreciated by any fan of his works in the band. 4 Stars.

koresea | 4/5 |

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