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VIGIL IN A WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS

Fish

 

Neo-Prog

3.79 | 241 ratings

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KeepItDark
3 stars "Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors" is the first solo album by Fish, released in 1990 following his departure from Marillion in the late 1980's.

The album cover has artwork by Mark Wilkinson who was also responsible for the Fish-era Marillion covers. Unfortunately, a lot of the complex detail is lost at the CD scale.

There is no lyric sheet provided but the album information show that Fish and keyboardist Mickey Simmonds co-wrote most of the songs. In general, the songs do have an early Marillion feel but clearly moving in a different direction. I do feel that some of the songs could have been developed a bit more but the quality of the writing does suggest that Fish was contributing more to Marillion than lyrics .

A few of the tracks do not belong to Marillion, for example the crooner-song "A Gentleman's Excuse Me" which is a highlight but more MOR than prog,

This album can be compared to Gabriel's first after leaving Genesis. There are some strong tracks that could belong to the old band band but there are also some tracks which show a different direction. Fish also has a departing song "The Company" for his former Marillion band mates, but unlike Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill", he appears a bit more negative towards them.

Highlights are Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (8:46), The Company (4:07) and A Gentleman's Excuse Me (4:20)

This is a must have for Fish-era Marillion fans, for others it is a worthwhile purchase but not essential.

3 stars.

KeepItDark | 3/5 |

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