Most of the tracks flowed seamlessly into the next one, thus creating one big piece of music. After this daring opening Patterson manages to squeak his way through the backing vocals of Jumpsuit City and Emperor's Song and screws up another Big Wedge.
After a fine Lady Let it Lie and a standard Vigil follows another medley. This one starts with a track which has only been played on one tour before; Shadowplay. The version played here is quite nice and powerful. Through a mediocre part of Fugazi we come to a good rendition of Slainte Mhath which ends with a reprise of Shadowplay. Although the medley wasn't finished here some maniac decided to fade out at this point and fade in on the second disc.
There was still space for more than 20 minutes of music on the first disc! After a short drum solo by Squeaky the band proceeds with Credo. Disc two, what can I say Kayleigh is fine but it's one of those tracks that has been played to death.
A minute version of Lucky sounds more promising than it actually is. Unfortunately this version is not one which includes Roadhouse Blues.
Instead it goes on forever with solo's by al musicians; some good some very uninspired. Lavender is a very nice extended version including Blue Angel and Boston Tea Party a version that builds towards a loud climax. This is not one of the best line-ups Fish has had. It probably isn't a big secret that I don't like Foss Patterson's playing. Furthermore, the constant howl of Frank Usher's guitar starts to get irritating after so many years. David Paton had sneeked out of the band and was temporarily replaced by Ewan Vernal ex Deacon Blue , who wasn't familiar enough with the material to really be let loose.
Krakow was his 6th gig. Robin and Squeaky are doing a good job but Fish has some problems with the vocals. He doesn't talk much between tracks. Seemingly some 'patching up' was done in the studio to improve the recording.
The booklet contains pictures and liner notes with typing errors but can anybody explain me why Pipeline has the tag ' live ' behind it while the other tracks don't? Conclusion: 6. After toying with wild plans like a complete album of dance songs thank God that never happened he decided to go for a combination of rock music with dance influences and the 'grooves' he had experimented with on earlier albums.
Steve in his turn had been a Marillion fan in the eighties so it didn't take much to get these two together. Sunsets on Empire was arranged, produced and co-written 6 out of 11 songs by Steve. You can definitely tell on certain tracks. Steve also played a lot of the music on the album: lead guitar on two songs, rhythm guitar on four, slide guitar on one and keyboard on all songs except Worm in a Bottle.
He also took care of the samples and loops for some songs. The rest of the band consisted of Foss Patterson actually playing very well on this album , Ewan Vernal on bass, Dave 'Sqeaky' Stewart drums and Robin Boult on guitars. Frank Usher is also present on most songs, but far less prominent than in the past; he only plays lead guitar on 4 songs. Besides these familiar names, there are another bunch of other musicians playing percussion, cello, violins, french horn, harmonica and doing backing vocals on the album, turning it into a very versatile recording.
The Perception of Johnny Pointer starts with a guitar riff which forms the basis for the whole track. After a lyrically daring opening the rest of the band kicks in to perform one of those venemous tracks Fish is in famous for.
In the middle there's an intermezzo where the music quiets down and Fish tells a story about his experiences in Bosnia. The track also features good female backing vocals and a roaring guitar solo by Steve Wilson. A great change from the normal howling Usher solo's! At the end the electrical violence dies down and the song ends with cello and violin. As far as I'm concerned this is one of the best songs Fish has made since the Vigil album.
Goldfish and Clowns is another wonderful track which starts very quietly with a single repeated piano note and guitars. When the rhythm section joins, another powerful song with emotional vocals follows. Change of Heart is a simple semi- acoustic track. Not one of the highlights but a very nice tune nevertheless. What Colour is God?
It features percussion with an Eastern feel, samples of religious speakers, drum loops and a pumping bass line. There's even a bit where Fish goes into a rap! It's still got a lot of anger and power though. Tara is the only song on the album I dislike. As a matter of fact, I skip it all the time. It's a sentimental song about Fish' daughter.
Nothing wrong with that if they would have turned it into a ballad like Gentleman's Excuse Me. Instead they made this song so sweet and soft with a jazzy feel Foss co-wrote it , female backing vocals and violins that it is completely out of place on the album.
It also has Fish trying to go for vocal altitudes he no longer is able to reach. Jungle Ride is a track which lots of acoustic guitars, percussion and mainly spoken lyrics. It's a fantastic song although I can't get used to the duet with the female backing vocalist in the refrain. Therefore I prefer the live version see Tales from the Bus above the studio version. Whereas that version has more anger in the vocals, the album version sounds more mysterious.
The track also features violin and harmonica. Worm in a Bottle is another 'groove' song with a simple but effective bass and drum line and a slightly minimalistic feel. The guitar effects and Hammond Organ add to the atmosphere of the song which gives you the feeling of being in a seedy bar.
Great stuff! Brother 52 is a song in which Fish finally succeeds in combining dance rhythms with rock music. It features a fine bass line, Hammond, ripping guitar and energetic violin solo's and the voice of a friend over the telephone, telling the tragical story of 'Brother 52'. It might sound a bit strange for a Fish song, but isn't that far from tunes like Big Wedge. The title track of the album, Sunsets on Empire , is track which would not have been out of place on a Roger Waters ballad with piano or older Pink Floyd album.
The track slowly builds to a climax with a female vocalist trying to create a new Great Gig in the Sky. There's no real guitar solo but lots of rhythm and slide guitar.
The song ends rather strangely with a menacing piano melody. Say it with Flowers is a simple track with just vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards. Lots of people don't like this song but I can't find anything wrong with it. Certainly it's not a highlight, but it's not as bad as some people think either. Maybe it's because I've been in a long lasting relation myself which had its ups and downs and I therefore can relate to the lyrics better than others?
After all, the strength of this song is in the lyrics, not in the music. As with What Colour is God? I never really got into this tune. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. A Gentleman's Excuse Me. Powered by CITE.
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