Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Very few people are able to touch hearts in the way that Fish does, his career both with Marillion and as a solo artist strewn with songs that have spoken to the depths of the soul.
Whilst the output with his former band was impressive, it’s his work since leaving the fold that has arguably shone the brightest and when his first solo album contained such shattering songs like ‘Family Business’ and the shimmering ‘Cliche’ the sky was most certainly the limit.
The forthcoming ‘Weltschmertz’ will be his last goodbye to a forty year career in music and he may well be bowing out with his masterpiece, this new single from it being one of the finest things he’s ever created.
An intensely personal and moving exposition of the view of a fight to capture the hazy tendrils of love whilst the protagonists battle with Alzheimers, it will cut deep, the searing intensity and anguished beauty gripping you tightly.
Accompanied by a stunning video, the song is a unique viewpoint on a universal issue and is not just one of the most striking things you’ll see and hear this year but will stand as something that will touch many generations to come.
The perfect coupling of words and music, ‘Garden of Remembrance’ is a staggering work. Beyond sublime.
The 84-minute double album is available to preorder now from https://fishmusic.scot in multiple formats including double digipak CD with 16 page booklet and as a gatefold 180-gram double viny