(All Album Reviews by jethro fish)
I remember when I bought this album back in 1991 and first hearing the opening track "Shadowplay". I can't explain the joy I was feeling. The Fish was back! This was great!!! As I continued listening to the album I got more and more discouraged. It wasn't until I reached the final two tracks that I got my hopes up a bit again.
This is, as was the problem with "Vigil...", a very uneven album. It has its highs and its lows. Fish was at this point in time having big problems with his record company EMI and this is reflected in "Tongues". They parted ways after the following release Songs from the Mirror (cover-album).
This was the last album by Fish that contained a few tracks that appeal to me (the latter ones only containing the odd number to my liking). Don't get me wrong, Fish is still a tremendous lyricist and singer but his music just doesn't do anything for me anymore. In spite of this, I keep buying every album hoping that someday the Scottish hero will come to his senses and create magic again (nostalgic, me?!?).
Recommended tracks on this one are the opener "Shadowplay" which is the best song Fish ever recorded as a solo-artist (actually it would easily make it on to a Fish-led Marillion album as well, IMHO), "Credo", "Tongues" and the title track (marvelous folky song).
My rating: 3 out of 5