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  • Vinyl
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00FL3BKHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A must buy if you like older Marillion or any other Fish albums.
Wiseman
The "Big Wedge" referred to in the song title is indeed the U.S.A. "State Of Mind" features more political commentary.
Steven Sly
It's sheer emotion and passion that drives this special song and it's one my all-time favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Fish has the most powerful, emotional voice in rock music today. This album is striking in it's musical and lyrical scope. An attentive listener will be taken on an emotional roller coaster with the earnestness of Fish and the musical intensity of his outstanding band (led by Mickey Simmonds). Self-exploration (Vigil), Individualism (The Company; View from a Hill), Paranoia (State of Mind, Voyeur) are some of the themes explored in this album. There is a sense of freedom and release, as the ode to Marillion in the liner notes denotes, that is lacking in the prior Marillion albums. This is a man who has truly found his niche. American critics who hate and always will hate progressive rock can crawl into their elite, hipper-than-thou clubs, and talk about The Clash and R.E.M. all they want. This album is my favorite. Check it out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on February 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Fish, of course, is the former lead vocalist for Marillion. After the "Clutching At Straws" album and tour he decided to leave the band and strike out on his own. The result was this, his first solo album, released in 1990. Fish recruited some strong musicians to back him up including drummer Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and keys man Mickey Simmonds (Camel, Mastermind). The album came across as something quite different from his work with Marillion yet keeping many of the Fish trademarks that fans had come to love. "Vigil" is still one of his strongest solo ventures, and may even be his best. Fish has always been known for his lyrics, and this album is strong in that regard. The lyrics may be a bit more straight forward than in his Marillion days, but they still strike a chord with the listener with their incredible poetic skill. The album opens with the 8 minute plus "Vigil" which is probably one of Fish's best solo tunes. It builds from a quiet opening "just a voice in the crowd" to the rousing chorus. The next track "Big Wedge" was obviously made to be a single, and almost sounds like something Phil Collins might do. But...although musically similar to Collins the lyrics spit out Fish's views of the United States and their affect on the world. The "Big Wedge" referred to in the song title is indeed the U.S.A. "State Of Mind" features more political commentary. "The Company" has become one of Fish's theme songs. "A Gentleman's Excuse Me" is a great break up song as only Fish can write them. "The Voyeur" paints the picture of an individual addicted to TV. "Family Business" explores the subject of domestic abuse told from the perspective of a neighbor who knows it is going on, but is too scared to act.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loteq on August 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fish's first solo album was quite a success in Europe (UK charts #5, GER #6), much more than Marillion's comeback "Season's end", which was also released in 1989. "Vigil.." is an art-rock album, but not at the expense of losing the pop audience Marillion once had gained with "Misplaced childhood" and the hit single "Kayleigh". Fish's singing is also less dramatic and overdone than on Marillion's early records. The playful 8 1/2-minute title track is probably one of the greatest art-rock songs ever, it slowly builds intensity with eerie, soft synth sound before the other instruments come in. Finally, it explodes into a boombastic refrain which is simply overwhelming. The other compositions pale next to this song, yet there's a lot to discover here. There are several occasions where Fish augements the usual keyboard/guitar/drums arrangements with horns, strings, pipes, and whistles, sometimes evoking an atmosphere of wide-open landscapes. "Big wedge" reminds me of Phil Collins' more upbeat songs, and the ballads "The company" and "A gentleman's excuse me" are really beautiful. The last two songs, "View from a hill" - which is quite similar in structure to the title cut - and "Cliche", return to a more complex, rocky sound. This CD contains the song "The voyeur" in contrast to the original vinyl release, and there's also a remastered version in existence with several other extra tracks. Overall, a must-have for Marillion/Fish fans, and essentially the only Fish solo album you really need to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guylaine Le Ber on February 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There is some people on this earth I just like to listen. In the same room,I would just sit quietly not to miss words from them because I like the way they put everything together. Fish is one of them.

I thought that I didn't like his work since he broke up with Marillion but I was wrong. This album is superb. There is moments I like less musically "Big wegde","State of mind" but some songs are hard to top lyrically. "Cliché" is my favorite. I enjoy every words of it, the tone he gave it, the musical arrangements (georgous fretless bass that I always find very romantic, the guitar at 2:39min does not need lyrics and the backvocal lady just fit right in).

"Family business" is the one to make you think (what do you see? how your emotions face it? what are you planning to do?) it just re-enforce some values I praised.

"Vigil" and "Company are awesome with a real Marillion beginning that turns out into a celtic Scottish hymn.

Love it
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