Artist/ Band: Fish
Title: 13th Star
Label: Chocolate Frog Record Company
Year of Release: 2008
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The Review:

Ever since Fish’s debut album, “Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors“, he‘s had an amazing solo career. I will admit that after his second album, Internal Exile I did lose interest with his music. Then in 1997, I heard Sunsets On Empire and I still was lukewarm about the output of Fish so I wrote him off as an artist I was interested in. I just felt his music was lacking something. It wasn’t until 2008, that I had changed my mind. I heard Fish was releasing a new album and I felt a bit apprehensive about it. I was so glad I was wrong.

His new album, 13th Star had everything his debut had emotion and music wise but obviously in a more modernized fashion.. With 10 songs, all ranging from 4 to 6 minutes done in a modern sometimes heavy approach, Fish was exorcizing some ghosts. The attitude of the album is of a bitter nature being it comes after his break-up with Heather Findlay of Mostly Autumn.

While the album has a abrasive feel musically, almost cold and mechanical, it works to his advantage I think. I found each song, just as the debut, to be welcomed by my ears each time I spun the album. I consider 13th Star to be one of the best things to come out in 2008. If you felt abandoned or a similar feeling by Fish in recent years as I did, 13th Star will win you back without any doubt. I would recommend 13th Star highly.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 23rd, 2008


1. Circle Line
2. Square Go
3. Miles de Besos
4. Zoë 25
5. Arc of the Curve
6. Manchmal
7. Openwater
8. Dark Star
9. Where in the World
10. 13th Star

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