Exposé Online banner

Fish — Sunsets on Empire
(Dick Bros DDICK25, 1997, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1997-10-01

Sunsets on Empire Cover art

Fish’s fourth studio solo album is out (as an import, domestically available sometime in July along with the new Marillion as well) and this is the one he has promised his fans for a long time now. The key to the success of this album, though, is not a rekindled flame in Mr. Dick’s heart, but rather the leadership of Porcupine Tree’s wizard Steve Wilson, who produced and arranged the album. Wilson also wrote more than half of the ten tunes, as well as playing guitars and keyboards on all of them. That’s a serious contribution. The result? Well, after about 30 seconds of the opener “The Perception of Johnny Punter,” you’ll soon find this album has more balls than anything Fish has released to date. Other guitarists Frank Usher and Robin Boult are back as well. There is very little keyboard actually, this is guitar-driven stuff. Fish’s voice has not deteriorated a single bit; he sounds great. Lyrically, he’s a little more direct and less flowery than before, but that’s been the trend on all his solo stuff. Sure, there are more than a handful of duff tracks, but that’s always been the case. Recommended to long-time fans for sure, and for those who have written Fish off, well, write a thank-you letter to Steve Wilson.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 13, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Steven Wilson / I.E.M., Fish (Derek William Dick)

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Blue Cranes - Observatories – Blue Cranes are from Portland, Oregon; led by two saxophones, one alto and one tenor. The band has a remarkable style, having heard Monk and Zorn but wanting to play straightforward rock melodies....  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues