"I am a grey bearded warrior, a poet of no mean acclaim, My words are my weapons that I proffer with disdain, My melancholy aspect is something you can’t disregard, My motives you cannot question nor my strong sense of right and wrong." (From the song 'Weltschmerz')
"These songs are autobiographical. I’m involved in all of them and I didn’t realise that until I sang them in the studio. There’s a lot of self-examination going on here, and I learned a great deal about myself in the making of this album."
Fish is talking about his eleventh and final solo record, 'Weltschmerz', an extraordinary piece that brings down the curtain on this phase of the Scotsman’s long and successful career on September 25th, 2020.
The singer spent five years of his life in the assembling of 'Weltschmerz', the title means "a feeling of melancholy and world weariness" in German.
'Waverley Steps' (End Of the Line) is another that is like a mini opera at over 13 minutes. This track explodes into life just before the 3 minute mark and raises the tempo wonderfully. Another fabulous and well put together track.
'Weltschmerz' is the title track, but also the last track on the album. It is a fantastic tune and what a great way to bring to a close this last ever solo album from one of UK music's greatest lyricists of the last 40 years.
If this is to be the final solo project that Fish does then this is a wonderful swansong for sure.
'The Grace Of God' is a wonderful haunting and melodic opening track that is over 8 minutes long. Fish has lost none of his vocal qualities, that's for sure. This is a great start to the journey about to unfold. This is followed by 'Man With A Stick', and is a track that builds with a determined agenda that is just captivating and draws you in.
'Walking On Eggshells' is a lively and intoxicating track that again grabs you right from the first notes to the last, before 'This Party's Over', which has a familiar sound and tells an all too familiar story.
'Rose Of Damascus' is a very long track at over 15 minutes, and is like a rock opera. A wonderful piece of music and one you can definitely get lost in.
'Garden Of Remembrance' is a track that leaves you with a meloncholy feeling but is a beautifully put together song with haunting piano throughout, very stripped back and bare.
'C Song' (The Trondheim Waltz) is next, and as the name suggests is a flowing tune with a wonderfully floating and effortless vibe.
'Little Man What Now?' is a slower, more jazz blues infused journey with some wonderful lifts and falls both vocally and musically.
'Weltschmerz' is a truly wonderful collection of songs and is definitely an addition that you need to add to your collection. Released September 25th by Chocolate Frog Records.
Fish has had a wonderful career musically and if this is the last release then it is filled with everything good from this Scottish gentleman.
TFM gives 'Weltschmerz' 5/5, an absolute must have in your collection. Check it out via the following link and purchase there. https://fishmusic.scot/