Internal Exile musters little of the former and walks a path that incorporates a more folky and Gaelic feel. Wandering this plateau means the more bizarre idiosyncrasies are left aside and the album treads towards a safer sphere where the 'serious writer' can work in a dignified if diluted style. Chris Kimsey's thoughtful production gives a definite edge but songs that roll on a low ebb have a habit of being easily forgotten.
Of the nine tracks on offer three have a folky feel with plenty of homeland references and lots of reminiscing about the wild days of old. On the more vigorous side, the opener Shadowplay has a bit of bite and second track Credo kicks along with an element of fire. The best track, however, is left until last and that's an excellent cover of the THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN classic Something In The Air.
Maybe that says it all. There's not a bad song on the album but the general lack of conviction always leaves me expecting more and wondering why FISH's new material falls short when held up to a really great number like the 1969 hit. Nice enough album for a winter evening by the fire, but I've a suspicion that life has become a little too easy for the big man. Grade B