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As warm as a hug with your granny under a tartan travel rug whilst eating toffee.,
This review is from: A Feast of Consequences (Audio CD)
Fish has delivered an excellent 60 minute plus CD with a wide variety of styles, subjects and musical bravery. I bought 'Feast' from his website yonks ago and I'm really pleased this has finally become available on Amazon because the whole thing is crying out to be heard. It is a step forward from '13th Star' which closed out the last decade because every song on here is atmospheric and enjoyable.
Many of the key players from that CD return in particular Steve Vantsis who co-wrote much of the material. `Feast' will appeal to any lover of good music. I can see echoes of Crosby/Stills/Nash, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn as well as 'prog' or whatever it calls itself these days.
Perfume River: 10 minute song with long build up with Scottish type motif. Lovely acoustic section and strong chorus. Warm atmospheric start.
All Loved Up: Possibly the most commercial track here. Riffing type Fugazi chords crashing through a 3 minute single. Reminiscent of 'Punch and Judy' but dated 30 years.
Blind to the Beautiful: Yes, it's my favourite song. This is the Crosby/Stills/Nash one that is so warm it wants to hug you. It also reminds me on early Faces songs (Debris?). Lyric about protecting the environment and I played it at my school the other week to moderate applause!
Feast Of Consequences: Another of my favourites, about everything running out including ourselves. Great riff, its up-tempo and the lyrics are chilling. Great guitar solo.
Other side of me: Another CSN song crossed with Joni Mitchell. Fish's words are becoming very evocative and stark just like Joni was around Hejira. This is a beautiful ballad that has a lovely melody and chorus.
Feast also contains the 'High Wood' suite set during the First World War and this takes up 5 songs and around another 30 minutes.
There is another one tucked at the end called 'The Great Unraveling' which reminds me of 'Stupid Dream' era Steven Wilson (Stop Swimming). I great way to end this CD in hopelessness.
This CD deserves 6 stars to be honest. Yes I do love Fish so I am biased. But this CD contains elements of the best of 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and is also BANG up to date. This is as warm as a hug with your granny under a tartan travel rug whilst eating toffee. Faces, Fleetwood Mac, Porcupine Tree, early Marillion (of course), Rod Stewart, CSN, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Joni. Mix it all up= Hello Fish!
Miss this at your peril.