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MY FAVOURITE WITH FISH - AMAZING LYRICS, GUITAR & BASS!!!
on 21 June 2008
Love this album - probably my joint favourite with Clutching At Straws.
I confess, I lost interest after Seasons End (although I think it's a decent album) & equally, I never bought any more of Fish's solo stuff after the excellent Vigil In The Wilderness Of Mirrors. Somehow, it just wasn't the same for both parties.
Fugazi, for me, is a seriously dark album. I've heard criticism of the production which baffles me. It's certainly better than Script For A Jesters Tear, with a more interesting mix than perhaps Misplaced Childhood. Each instrument is clear & sharp, and the album has a powerful, all encompassing sound. Particularly sharp are it's drum sounds and the bass tones (just listen to Assassing for it's sheer PUNCH!). There's loads of strange effects, and whispers/hidden lines as well, in the background - every time you'll hear something new.
Listen out for "I'm the irritating speck of dirt that came from absolutely nowhere."
Fish was never better lyrically than here, it's great wordplay albeit a little pretentious & this guy can really paint pictures and screw with your head. Also his voice is great here, aggressive on Assassing and melancholy and chilling on Emerald lies & Incubus (beautiful lyricism).
Love the cutting wit of Punch & Judy with it's honest appraisal of the trauma of divorce.
Mark Kelly's keyboards are top notch as is the effective, refreshingly simple at times, drumming. Peter Trewavas is one of the most underrated bassists ever; so many AWESOME bass lines! Very upfront in the mix, and as melodic as it is powerful! Really, really rate this guy as good as the likes of Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler or Steve Harris! Check out She Chameleon for it's hypnotic bass notes...
The real star here is Steve Rothery who delivers a spellbinding turn on guitar, whether it's shimmering acoustics, or the full on power of Assassing, this guy can play!!! And the beautiful solos on Jigsaw & Incubus are real tear jerkers, and easily within my Top 10 ever lead breaks. These 2 songs along with Emerald Lies and title track, Fugazi are my favs off the album.
Just a really, really GREAT Progressive Rock album - quintessentially English, but with firebrand lyrics from North Of The Border.
Nice cover arwork too, second only to Script For A Jesters Tear.
Essential Marillion , along with Script & Clutching...
The most unlikely people seem to like this stuff too, even members of US Thrash Metal band , Flotsam And Jetsam, credited this as an inspiration many years ago!