Sunsets on Empire

Sunsets on Empire

by Fish

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Overview

Sunsets on Empire

Returning to a label following several years of releasing his material independently, Sunsets On Empire is Fish's third, full-length album of originals. Although failing to restore the ex-Marillion leader to the commercial heights achieved by his former band, it's a solid entry into his catalog. As usual, the subject matter balances the personal ("Goldfish & Clowns," "Change Of Heart") with songs addressing larger issues (the seething "The Perception Of Johnny Punter"). The most successful of the former is the dreamy "Tara" (about his daughter), while the percussive, Middle Eastern-flavored "Jungle Ride," detailing urban decay, and Hammond-driven "Brother 52," which examines paranoia about the government, fare best of the latter. Typical of Fish's work, there is a wonderful sense of musical dynamics on Sunsets On Empire and, as he's in fine voice here, it will surely please long-time fans. As for newcomers, their interest will probably be tempered by how much latitude they will allow for lyrics that sometimes are unfocused and overreaching.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1997
Label: Lightyear
UPC: 0085365419728
catalogNumber: 54197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fish   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lorna Bannon   Background Vocals
Robin Boult   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow
D.O.C.   Voices
Annie McCaig   Background Vocals
Foster Paterson   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Fraser Spiers   Harmonica
Dave Stewart   Drums
Frank Usher   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ewen Vernal   Bass
Chris Thomson   Background Vocals
Steven Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Sampling,Slide Guitar,Loops
Martyn Bennett   Violin
Kate Garrett   Background Vocals
Dave Haswell   Percussion
Brian Hale   Violin

Technical Credits

Foster Paterson   String Arrangements
David Newton   Composer
Mark Wilkinson   Art Direction
Steven Wilson   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Elliot Ness   Engineer
Avril Mackintosh   Producer

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