I'm a long time Fish fan, seen him a number of times live and have most of his albums. A few songs from 'Feast...' were previewed on the last tour and I wasn't overly enamoured with them at the time. Hearing this new CD in full has compounded my fears about the quality of the new material. I've listened to this a few times and unfortunately I have no interest in listening to it again. Of course Fish's music is about far more than catchy melodies, but this is a fundamental part of most good music and is something which is found in abundance in his earlier work. Here, however, it is not. Whilst the lyrics are no doubt very worthy and insightful etc etc, a lack of decent tunes to back them up makes this a dull, tedious listen. Lyrical concepts and ideas are a key feature of Fish's songs and it is this that makes him stand out from the crowd. Usually he supports his words with great tunes such as on past classics 'Vigil' and 'Credo', but here I cannot find anything which compares remotely favourably. At the time of writing there are a host of 5 star reviews on Amazon and just one guy who has put his head above the parapet and rated 'Feast...' with 1 star. This is what has prompted me to offer my view, simply in order to balance things up and warn potential buyers that this is definitely not the classic it is purported to be by numerous others. It could just be me, but I won't be listening to this collection again and I sincerely hope future tours don't draw from this album because I'm likely to fall asleep mid-gig.
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