BAND/AUTHOR:

FISH

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
WELTSCHMERZ (2020)
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK

""Weltschmerz" is the final farewell gift from the former Marillion singer."
TONYB - 16.10.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (1) comment(s)
4/5
Announced several years ago and postponed several times for various reasons, the latest one linked to the Covid-19 crisis, "Weltschmerz" will be the last production by Fish, an artist who is so charismatic in every way, and whose musical career, which started with a fanfare in Marillion at the beginning of the 80s, will end 4 decades later after marrying the contours of a rollercoaster in his solo part.

It is thus a septennat that separates the release of Weltschmerz from the excellent "Feast of Consequences", 7 long years that will have allowed Fish to refine this double album, for which he drew his inspiration both from his personal story (long agony of his mother, septicaemia, which brought him close to death ...) but also in the dramatic events that have shaken the world in recent times, from the attacks on the Bataclan to the Covid-19 crisis, not forgetting the refugees in the Mediterranean and the Brexit. A vast programme to offer us 10 highly autobiographical titles around a recurring theme, The Pain of the World (literal translation by Weltschmerz).

Musically speaking, "Weltschmerz" starts with 'Grace of God', an 8-minute track that will slowly build up in power against a background of symphonic arrangements, and carried by numerous choirs in its second part. Unfortunately, while the instrumentalists and choristers put their hearts into this final outburst, Fish's voice remains somewhat subdued, lacking a bit of fishing.
And this relative lack of vigour, relative to the artist's recognised interpretative qualities, will be felt throughout the album, which continues with direct and effective tracks such as 'Man With a Stick' or the aptly named 'This Party's Over' and its flute opening, which echoes the folksy aspects of the first album, and three epics.
While 'Rose of Damascus' and, to a lesser degree, 'Little Man You Know' are a bit long, despite a remarkable saxophone intervention by David Jackson, 'Waverley Steps' is the highlight of the album, and probably even of Fish's entire solo discography. Admirably mixing an initial sensitivity with an acceleration of the rhythm, horn interventions and a beautiful instrumental finale where guitar and keyboard marry marvelously in simple but effective solos, this 13 minutes piece is pure joy and would justify by itself the purchase of the album for the most reluctant !

After this so beautiful slap, the title track comes to conclude in a percussive way what will be the last album of the fish who piloted for a while the revival of progressive rock ... and there, I think unfortunately that there is a casting error. Of course, 'Weltschmerz' is a very good song, with a chorus that clicks between the ears. But why, why didn't Fish put the most moving track of his career in the last position of his last record, the one where everybody could see him crying during the recording of the video, I named the disturbing 'Garden of Remembrance'?

Mystery, just as it will remain mysterious this Derek William Dick, a complex character par excellence, who will leave quite a few shadows around him. Nevertheless, he leaves us a solo work of overall quality, with its ups and downs, but which will in any case leave an indelible trace in the history of progressive rock.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/derek.dick/



SIMILAR BANDS:
STEVE THORNE, PARADE, JOHN WESLEY, MARILLION, IXION, PETER PAN, CARPTREE, ALIAS EYE

TRACK LISTING:
01. Grace of God (08:19)
02. Man with a Stick (06:27)
03. Walking on Eggshells (07:18)
04. This Party's Over (04:22)
05. Rose of Damascus (15:45)
06. Garden of Remembrance (06:07)
07. C Song (The Trondheim Waltz) (04:41)
08. Little Man What Now? (10:54)
09. Waverley Steps (End of the Line) (13:45)
10. Weltschmerz (06:51)


LINEUP:
Robin Boult: Guitares
Dave Stewart: Batterie
Fish: Chant
Foss Paterson: Claviers
Mikey Owers: Cor
Steve Vantsis: Basse / Claviers
Craig Blundell: Batterie / Invité
David Jackson: Invité / Saxophone
Doris Brendel: Invité / Choeurs
John Mitchell: Guitares / Invité
Liam Homes: Claviers / Invité
Scottish Chambers Orchestra: Invité / Cordes


TAGS:
90's, Neo, Dark, Deep voice, Chorus
 
 
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TORPEDO - 16/10/2020 08:27:26
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Un très bon album de Fish qui souffle le chaud et le froid mais avec une telle densité on pouvait s'y attendre. Dommage que ce soit le dernier :(
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