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NewEARS Album Of The Month

FISH - Weltschmerz

"Time gentlemen, please: prog’s great warrior-poet Fish bows out with a career-capping masterpiece.

It’s been five years since Fish announced that his next album – this one – would be his last. At times it looked like he’d never even make it this far. The catalogue of woes which have plagued the big man since 2013’s A Feast Of Consequences are enough to fill an entire volume of his oft-mooted autobiography: ailed romances and family bereavements, hand surgery, spinal operations, writer’s block, two bouts of sepsis, one near-death experience and a full-blown global pandemic.

All that bedevilment could have scuppered Weltschmerz a long time ago. Instead, it’s conspired to produce the best album of his solo career, one that is lush and expansive yet intimate and personal, sometimes angry, sometimes dejected, but never anything less than magnetic.

Fish has said that Weltschmerz is an album informed by “the pain of the world”, as the rough English translation of the title suggests. In fact there’s so much pain of the personal, political and societal varieties going on that it’s impossible to cram it onto a single album, hence its 10 songs are spread over two discs. But neither an epic running time nor existential heaviness weigh it down: Weltschmerz is leaner than any 85-minute album has a right to be." DE-PM

Essential Track: "The album’s 17-minute centrepiece, Rose Of Damascus, ties together geo-political upheaval, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, immigration and Fish’s newfound passion for horticulture (at least half of the album’s songs reference flowers or gardening). It’s a grand suite of a song, built on shifting musical and emotional sands, but it’s a world away from the bloated self-regard that sometimes comes with the territory." DE-PM

Read the full reviews on Prog Magazine and Prog Archives.

Listen to samples and buy the CD directly from Fish Music.

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New England Events

  • 2020-11-13
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    Reschuled to May 21, 2021

  • 2020-11-17
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    Rescheduled to May 23, 2021

  • 2020-11-20
    The Musical Box - A Genesis Extravaganza Volume 2 at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM

  • 2020-11-29
    The Wizards of Winter at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 07:00 PM

  • 2020-12-09
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 05:00 PM

  • 2020-12-09
    Geoff Tate Empire 30th Anniversary Tour at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM

  • 2020-12-27
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at The Cabot Theatre - Beverly, MA at 07:00 PM

  • 2021-01-09
    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM

  • 2021-02-05
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
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  • 2021-02-06
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd: Unplugged at TCAN (The Center for Arts Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
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  • 2021-02-07
    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
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    Todd Rundgren – The Individualist, A True Star at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
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    THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2021-04-21
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
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  • 2021-04-22
    Martin Barre performs classic Jethro Tull at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
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