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4 stars The first six tracks, comprising some rather simplified ballads and a couple of rockers à la "Credo", aren't so memorable, except perhaps for the biting little stomper "Faith Healer". However, the magnificent suite "Plague of Ghosts" that makes up the second half is pure gold - hence the 4-star rating.

It starts with"Old Haunts", an eerie instrumental intro that mutates into "Digging Deep", a sizzling vocal tune with an infectious groove. "Chocolate Frogs" is an ominous hyatus full of foreboding sounds that slowly develop into the amazing "Waving at Stars" (my favourite) where FISH's cool, slurry Scottish brogue towers menacingly over an unlikely blend of techno beat and swirling staccatto organ notes - this creates a very intense atmosphere - a real pulse accelerator. The whole thing explodes into the theme song, "Raingods Dancing", a magnificent melodic piece with a floydian ring and prominant acoustic guitar. The album ends almost in an anti-climax with the less intense "Wake-Up Call", as if the whole experience were slowly receding in the background, allowing you to breathe easier now that the menace has moved on - somewhat like the sound of faraway thunder and the last drops of rain after the worst of the storm has gone.

FISH is what I like to call 'un fou génial', a genial madman. And this album proves it beautifully, showing beyond doubt how talented and unique he is.

Hibou | 4/5 |


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