Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues - 1988

Mike Scott had been pursuing his grandiose "big music" since he founded the Waterboys, so it came as a shock when he scaled back the group's sound for the Irish and English folk of Fisherman's Blues. Although the arena-rock influences have been toned down, Scott's vision is no less sweeping or romantic, making even the simplest songs on Fisherman's Blues feel like epics. Nevertheless, the album is the Waterboys' warmest and most rewarding record, boasting a handful of fine songs ("And a Bang on the Ear," the ominous "We Will Not Be Lovers," "Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?," and the title track), as well as a surprisingly successful cover of Van Morrison's breathtaking "Sweet Thing." -AMG

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Anonymous said...

Welcome back my friend.

Todd said...

I'm so glad you're back! (A bunch of my favorite blogs have been calling it quits lately,,,)

Anonymous said...

Nice to have you back!!

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