The bitter suite from Perry Rose
"The Triumphant March of the Lonesome Goldfish" is an explosive album with dark corners and quirky bursts of day-glo sunshine.
Close to the bone, yet at times as soft as a baby, "The Triumphant March of the Lonesome Goldfish" is quite simply a remarkable bitter-sweet album.
It confirms the man's transition from gentle folkie to urban columnist. Rose has delivered the album that brings together all his contradictions: the candy vocalising and desperate cries, the bursts of power and bowed head, the double nationality.
Is it a coincidence that for the first time, Perry co-produced the album with long-time collaborator Christian Martin in the Attic Studios? Perhaps. But it is clear that it enabled him to have a tighter hold on the direction, giving sharper focus to the memories, stream-of-consciousness, off-hand humour and irony that it contains.
Label : Go 4 It
Release date : 1998
Genres : Pop, Celtic
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This time, Perry is rising above the watermark, offering a more personal vision of where he has been and what he has seen. He flips open his diary, and amongst the souvenirs that fall out are his daughter Jody, scraps of lyrics from fellow Irishman Michael Leahy and tapes of conversations from a pub in Dublin.
This is also Perry's first recording with his own 4-piece band, The High Wires. The result is a more direct sound and sheets of acoustic and electric guitar that flap in the wind.
The first single "Time" is a burst of post-REM energy behind a glorious melody. "Lazy Day" features Merseyside harmonies on a park bench. "Wake Up" speaks for itself. "Sister" opens quietly before veering towards a darker, more violent climax. "6.3.5" tumbles into Dublin and back out again in a surreal haze.
But no album of Perry is complete without a few raw nerves being touched: "I've Been Waiting", a tale of hunger, and "I Don't Want to (Be Alone Anymore)". The green flag is hoisted on "Lords & Thieves" and the hysterical "Triumphant March".
Perry Rose : Lead and backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, accordion, keyboards and bodhrán
Eric Drabs : electric guitars, backing vocals, keyboards
Nils Decaster : Violin, lapsteel, bouzouki, mandoline, backing vocals
Didier "Dadier"Fontaine : Drums, percussions
Thierry "Lucky" Rombaux : Bass
Josephine Draycott : Vocal on « I don't want to », « I've been searching »
Jan Kuijken: Cello on « I don't want to »
Jody Rose: Vocal on « Sister »
Axel Lauwereys: Vocal on « Sister « Sister »
|01 ||I've Been Searching||4'58'' |
|02 ||Time ||3'59''||Ecouter/Listen|
|03 ||Sister ||4'48'' |
|Where's The Way Out||5'06'' |
|The Triumphant March |
|I Don't want to (be alone anymore) |
|Hard Times||3'36'' |
|Don't Even Begin||3'21'' |
|Lords & Thieves |
|Wake Up||3'32'' |
|Forget You |
|Lazy Day |