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Fish, the original front man of the very successful '80s band Marillion went onto record several solo studio albums. The voice behind their massive hit Kayleigh, Fish has one of those distinctive voices that can not be missed and which is clearly represented here.
Internal Exile was his 2nd solo release and many say his best work to date. First released in 1991 he continued to have much success and from this album came no less than three singles. This 2012 re-mastered edition features three bonus 7" mixes.
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The biggest problem with this album is the sound quality. It has that muddy quality with no dynamic range, which was common in CDs through the mid 1990s. There were good sounding CDs during this time period, but most weren't. This CD is worse than most. Improved sound quality would make some of the lesser tracks more enjoyable. I would give this 3 stars for the music and am knocking it down a star for the sound quality.
When Fish was in Marillion the group sounded a lot like early Genesis, with Peter Gabriel, much of the time. Now, Fish going solo, he sounds more like Phil Collins led Genesis. That is not just an analogy. On a couple of songs we really does sound like Phil Collins.
There are some good songs, like the first two. But, there are others that are boring and border on being annoying (like the two Friend songs). I don't really like the jig, Internal Exile.
The album ends with Thunderclap Newman's Something in the Air. It starts out as an interesting take on the song, but he doesn't really pull it off in the end. His version is too soft, almost like a lounge singer version of the song....and the song loses its power.
Song Highlights include: Shadowplay, Credo, Just Good Friends, Lucky and Internal Exile.
Internal Exile continues Fish's tradition of great storytelling and is simply a great piece of progressive rock.
Internal Exile was Fish's second solo album, and it is a bit more mature then it's predecesser. He strteches out on the excellent opening track SHADOWPLAY and takes the listener on a good ride for the next 50 or so minutes.
I love FISH as a performer. He doesn't care about the trappings of the music biz. He does his own thing in his own time. Support this much maligned and underappreciated artist while serving yourself to an enjoyable musical experience.