Old Haunts - Digging Deep - Chocolate Frogs - Waving At Stars - Raingods Dancing - By clicking on the button below you can write your own review about this album and give it a rating. This is not a comment and requires at least ten lines to explain why you liked or disliked the production.
Remco: The musical journey has taken us back to Misplaced Childhood. Lyrically this could very well be the answer to the negative aspects of marriage which are so present in the earlier songs.
Remco: The awakening. Has the feeling of the Clutching at Straws album. The weird thing is, after 25 minutes you would expect that you are relieved if the song ends, but this song ends too soon! The chorus that fades should have been repeated 2 or 3 times more, then the ending would have been complete.
But hey, how am I to judge such a fabulous masterpiece! Dirk: Fish at his best! Great song, great lyrics, great musicianship! The laid-back sounds in Old Haunts , the modern dance sounds in Digging Deep , the spoken words very atmospheric! Plague of Ghosts is a must have for Fish fans! I am looking forward to see the song in concert!! JJ: This composition it's certainly not a song is the best track of the album and is another highlight in Fish's long carier.
It starts very atmospheric, in a way that almost follows naturally from Rites of Passage. The high singing and the typical guitar reminds me of Yes Soon, Awaken. The second part features heavy electronic drumbeats. Diggin Deep , it's called and I even thought of Peter Gabriel at a moment. This composition is a musical journey that cannot really be compared to any 'classical' epic. Drumbeats, combined with acoustic guitars, spoken poetry, heavy guitars, in the vein of Goldfish and Clown , Scottish melodies and not to forget the wonderful "Raingods with Zippos" chorus near the end, it's all in the right place.
This is indeed a symphonic, progressive, but very nineties album. To write such a track with the risk of it being compared to anything from Grendel to Misplaced Childhood is a very brave thing and it was the right thing. It's as if there are actually two albums on it. The first one with half an hour of commercial sounding songs and the second one with much more experimental and more atmospheric songs on it.
Needless to say I like the second half better. To draw comparisons to earlier work: the first half is a cross between Suits and Sunsets on Empire while the second half is more like Vigil and Misplaced Childhood with a Porcupine Tree sauce. Lyrically it's a very strong album, probably his most personal ever. Many lyrics seem to deal with marriage and mainly the rut of many years of marriage. Ed: A highly recommended album. Although I wouldn't call this the best album since Vigil - it's too unbalanced to be so - Plague of Ghosts is certainly the best thing our Scottish friend has ever done.
Unfortunately the album feels like 'Plague of Ghosts plus 6 bonus tracks', of which some are good and some are just mediocre. I wouldn't mind having the epic twice as long and filling the whole album. Production very good, recording sublime! I think he should be very happy to be at RoadRunner records!
I hope he will sell enough copies of Raingods but if he doesn't do it this time he never will! JJ: To conclude: To me, Raingods.. From that point of view, Faith Healer and Mission Statement don't fit it, altough I'm convinced that both track would be great encores on a concert. But lucky me, there's a program-key on my player. After two beautiful ballads, a gem of song and the best epic Fish has written, I don't want any other album in my player until the candles that I lit are burnt out.
BJ: 8. Then a staccato could be trade mark Incommunicadoesque track 2 Mission Statement. I'm rambling, but a tad enlightened that I never found it as bad as I might have done. Music is something I tend not to take as seriously as I once did, which is a shame, but nonetheless, there were 3 possibly 4 tracks on this CD that struck home - thanks for that Fish, No, the lyrics don't spin on a dime like at the best of the Marillion days, but they're improving.
Best is the music which is solid throughout. Yes, I still wish he'd rescue Steve Rothery from drudging on with that stuff they call Marillion these days, as though the keyboards do well here, the guitar could use some more muscle and flair. Even so, it's a good album, hopefully showing things to come. You have to hear the entire album to appreciate it. For some reason, it has a certain cohesiveness. If you hear only certain tracks or skip around, it makes the listening exeperience worse.
Best moment, 'Tilted Cross', by far. Worst, toss-up between 'Mission Statment' and 'FaithHealer'. Need customer service?
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Not really a fan of ths one. Barely 3 stars for me. The only problem is when the music all instruments starts to roll together there sounds like a "disconnect" between nice piano introduction with some classical touch with the music that follows.
It's not just a matter of connecting notes that are not smooth but the song nuance is completely different. The piano introduction sounds like setting an overall tone about dark music but when the music enters in upbeat style with happy mood - so there is a flop in nuance that has previously been created by piano but it's not caught nicely with similar nuance of the following music.
It's not a bad song at all, but for sure there is a serious disconnect of the nuance. Unfortunately the music is quite boring for my ears. It continues with another light song with ballad style "Tilted Cross" with Nicola King as backing female vocal.
The arrangement is unplugged version, using mainly acoustic guitar. Steve Wilson contributes guitar work as well. It's an excellent track especially the guitar riffs, violin solo as well as Fish singing style. This track I usually selected for a program in local FM radio. I do enjoy the guitar riffs.
Even though the structure builds on repetitive notes, but it still an enjoyable track. The composition is strong and it backs the lyrics - which basically talks about a love story - really well. The basic rhythm section reminds me to Peter Gabriel's "Blood of Eden" even though it is different in melody. It shares the similar style with Blood of Eden but less melodic. Fish uses his usual words like "self-penned" he ever used with Marillion. The passage goes like this at the end: "In your self-penned dramas, where each stolen kiss just goes to prove that happy ending don't exist..
The ending part with piano an string orchestration is really great! The first sequel starts with an ambient mellow style while Fish is singing and the background music is spacey in nature dominated by keyboard sounds and effects.
I do enjoy this track. As usual, Fish gives his narration powerfully. The guitar solo is really fascinating especially with captivating arrangements: loop music and firm drumming as beat keeper. I like the howling guitar solo that starts at approx At appox the music moves in a new platform with better nuance - a bit of symphonic even though the beat is like a disco music.
It's really nice sequel! The song ends beautifully with an ambient break followed with Fish narrative that opens the third sequel "Chocolate Frogs". Well, it reminds me to the side A of Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" album. It's really nice having this ambient break. Fish then sings powerfully while the music is still in ambient mood depicting like he is in the cave or something like strange place.
It's really great nuance. At the end of this third sequel, another musical loop enters which bring to seamless opening of fourth sequel "Waving at Stars". It's another great musical piece centers around thematic singing of Fish.
The work of keyboard, piano and music loops have made the ambient richer and it's pleasurable to enjoy. It continues seamlessly with great piano work to fifth sequel "Raingod's Dancing". All transitions happen smoothly between sequels.
The electric guitar solo part is really stunning here. Overall, you might say this is weaker than its predecessor. But, the epic "Plague of Ghosts" is really a killer and it reminds me to the glory days of Marillion. In fact, I'd rather listening to this epic than any song of Marillion under Hogarth era! I mean it man.! Keep on proggin'..! The problem with a lot of lead singers when they go solo, or make solo albums, is that their output is dominated even more by vocals.
Because they will often not have the ability to play a musical instrument, they feel their voice has to be constantly heard, for it to be their album. In a band situation, the rest of the group will have their influence, and hopefully this leads to a balanced album with sometimes lengthy instrumental sections. Other band members such as guitarists, bassists, drummers etc.
For me, Fish's early solo output suffered in this way. With "Raingods with zippos" though, Fish seems to be prepared to make much more of a band album, and the result was probably his most progressive album yet. I have a few big gripes about this collection that kept me from making this a 5 Star. What happened with disc two? Where is "Familly Business"? I would have liked to see some rarities as well The entire "Plague of Ghosts" isn't necessary This IS a great release, but as a hard core fan I was hoping for more goodies.
Rocketeer on the other hand is much less impressive mainly due to Fish's difficulty to sing high pitch songs after his vocal chords problems at his last days with Marillion. A must buy though. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. This would appear to be an excellent alternative. Be well, Derek.
If you haven't got the individual albums then this compilation is an excellent collection of songs. I bought this as a replacement having lost my original copy and reckon if you like some of Fish's material this is a great way to delve into work. Worth the price just for the version of Caledonia!Raingods With Zippos - The Remasters: Deluxe Edition Originally released in , Raingods with Zippos features a variety of co-writers from Mickey Simmonds and Elisabeth Troy, Rick Astley, plus others Fish met during a writing retreat at Miles Copeland?s Chateau Marouatte.