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5 stars This is Fish. In the turmoil of screaming guitars, this is a new view of unplugged sessions. The man has a voice...the voice is a dream. The music is just backgroundfilling. Maybe this is a little harsh to the musicians, but the name Fish is on the cover, and he is the man on the foreground. I'm ashamed that it took me this long to listen to this masterpiece. But I will make it up and listen to it as often as I can.
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Posted Monday, November 28, 2005 | Review Permalink
2 stars This "Acoustic Sessions" album was recorded "Live" at the Funny Farm (in 94) and is effectively called "The Dick Bros Record Company".

It is a promotional offering, while the full blown acoustic album consists of a two CD set which is comprised of this one as well as a second part which was recorded in Krakow (October 95). The latter concert has been released under the form of dual DVD + CD (in.2005). As such, the double CD set will be issued in a remastered version in 2000.

This is for the history, but what do we get in here ? Well, there is not much to write home about this acoustic set. Of course, Fish is a great vocalist, but the minimalist environment of this album (although he I surrounded by his comrades) is not the one I like the most.

There are three songs coming out "Internal Exile", four from his new album (at the time) "Suits" and two genuine "Marillion" ones : Kayleigh and Sugar Mice. Nothing from his great debut album is featured, but since none of these acoustic versions do speak to me, there is no harm.

Two stars. For curious only.

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Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Acoustically arranged good old Fish

If somebody wants to go out on a street and play Fish songs with a bunch of friends (4 recommended), but lacks the equipment (e.g. effect-packed Fender Stratocasters, or a mellotron) - this CD is exactly what he needs.

Fish goes acoustic, alive and kicking. There's something fresh about those songs. They're old, but new. Perfectly chosen for the needs of such an album. However the 100% acoustic compatibility doesn't mean, the songs are good by default. The ones that suit acoustic sessions are the mediocre rather than the top of Fish's repertoire WITH some exceptions from the rule.

The acoustic Lucky gains an increased tempo (a really suitable change) - and stays that way when played at gigs. Internal Exile sounds slightly less folky, but then again the melody here is really pure (the original version gets smeary at some moments). Kayleigh is slower and calmer, more like a blues song, a remarkable re-arrangement. The biggest change was made to the ending of Sugar Mice - Fish screams out some of the verses and the bands enters a bumpy mood (Me, me, me - bump bump bump) at the very end. Kinda cool.

The other songs (five exactly) sound more or less the same.... just without the effects, overdrives and the synthesizers.

The album is too short, really - Suits (so - a studio album) are 20 minutes longer, and most of Fish's live records are 2CD! If you're looking for a long acoustic course, choose Communion instead or the Acoustic Sessions (remaster).

Best Song: Kayleigh & Lucky (tie) Worst Song: Jumpsuit City

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Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Review Permalink
RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars Fish is surely able to fit the stage with his vocals even with only acoustic instruments. Let's add the former Camel David Paton at the bass, that's effectively the instrument which gives a bit of deepness to the sound and the "right" Dave Stewart wasted at the percussions and the result can't be too bad.

It's a pity that Stewart is limited by the acoustic environment and can't play like in Arzachel, but the sons are well arranged and in some cases are quite better than the originals, in particular "Fortunes Of War" is one of them.

The bad is that the sequence of songs is quite "randomic" so that the album hasn't continuity. There's no crowd and this together with the acoustic thing make it sound like a collection of studio rehearsals, more a documentary than an album.

Of course some song are more reliable for this kind of arrangement and other less. A good one is Dear Friend, that has a country-folk mood, or Sugarmice, but songs like "Somebody Special" are not ideal.

In the end it's an album that's nice to hear as relaxing background. It's good in this sense, but nothing more than this. 3 stars are rounded up.

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Posted Monday, June 6, 2011 | Review Permalink

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