What does it sound like?:
This 2003 album has been reissued as a deluxe three cd set as part of the ongoing series of reissues/remasters of the Fish back catalogue.
Chris Kimsey has remixed the original album, and although it was maybe a little underrated when it was first released, it does bear listening to again with a fresh perspective. Certainly songs like Shot The Craw, The Field, Innocent Party and Scattering Crows show Fish beginning to rediscover his mojo after a few difficult years. The ex Big Country pairing of Bruce Watson on guitar (and co author of some of these songs) and Mark Brzezicki on drums augment the regular band to give some added oomph to the recordings.
The second disc has three demos – shame there weren’t more available – and a selection of live recordings from his 2004 tour, while the third cd has a mixture of acoustic and electric live recordings assembled from shows in the 2004 – 2006 period. As ever, Fish gives his all in these emotional performances.
The set is in a hardback book style package, and has a 48 page booklet with lengthy track by track analysis by Fish and artwork and photographs by Mark Wilkinson.
What does it all *mean*?
Great value package – as are the other releases in this series – an essential purchase for the committed Fish fan!
Goes well with…
Other Fish/Fish era Marillion albums.
Might suit people who like…
Adventurous and thoughtful rock with a bit of prog influence.