Neither Fish Nor Flesh

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Neither Fish Nor Flesh
Studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby
Released October 1989
Genre R&B
Length 51:24
Label Columbia
Producer Terence Trent D'Arby
Terence Trent D'Arby chronology
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Neither Fish Nor Flesh
Symphony or Damn
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favourable)[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Neither Fish Nor Flesh (A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) is the second album by the U.S. singer Terence Trent D'Arby, released in 1989 on Columbia Records. Following his highly successful 1987 debut album Introducing The Hardline..., the album was highly anticipated but was panned by many critics at the time as being overly indulgent, scattered with pretentious song titles, and unfocused. Trouser Press wrote that "individually, most of the tracks have virtues; collectively, they add up to the most unfocused record in the history of western civilization. Weirdly intriguing but not at all good." Rolling Stone critic Mark Coleman said of D'Arby's effort "fails to establish him as a visionary pop godhead. It does, however, demonstrate convincingly that he’s far more than a mere legend in his own mind."

On the album commentary on his website, D'Arby (now known as Sananda Maitreya) claimed that the album's lack of commercial impact was due to his record company's "wholesale rejection of it" as well being hindered by German record producer Frank Farian who decided to release an album of his performances with funk band The Touch (from 1984) in Germany just weeks before Neither Fish Nor Flesh was due for release. Maitreya states that Neither Fish Nor Flesh was "the project that literally killed ‘TTD’, and from whose molten ashes, began the life of Sananda". [5]

Despite not reaching the heights of his first album, Neither Fish Nor Flesh peaked at no. 12 in the UK, and was certified Gold for sales of over 100,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Terence Trent D'Arby.

  1. "Declaration: Neither Fish Nor Flesh" – 1:44
  2. "I Have Faith in These Desolate Times" – 4:14
  3. "It Feels So Good to Love Someone Like You" – 3:38
  4. "To Know Someone Deeply Is to Know Someone Softly" – 4:27
  5. "I'll Be Alright" – 5:57
  6. "Billy Don't Fall" – 4:21
  7. "This Side of Love" – 4:59
  8. "Attracted to You" – 4:01
  9. "Roly Poly" – 3:54
  10. "You Will Pay Tomorrow" – 4:54
  11. "I Don't Want to Bring Your Gods Down" – 6:19
  12. "...And I Need to Be With Someone Tonight" – 3:04


  • Terence Trent D'Arby - vocals, kazoo, saxophone, Fender Rhodes, sitar, scratching, timpani, guitar, drums, percussion, piano, organ
  • Jack Bayle - trombone
  • Pete Glenister - guitar
  • Mike Timothy - bass
  • Neil Martin - viola
  • Simon Clarke - alto saxophone
  • Incredible E.G. O'Reilly - handclapping
  • Pete Wingfield - piano
  • Dave White - clarinet
  • Eoghan O'Neill - bass
  • Alan Smale - violin
  • Mike Timothy - recorder
  • Richard Addison - clarinet
  • Bob Andrews - Hammond organ
  • Ben Cruft - violin
  • Mike Timothy - piano
  • Wilfred Gibson - violin
  • Stephen McDonnell - trumpet
  • Kick Horns - horns
  • Roger Chase - viola
  • Roddy Lorimer - trumpet
  • Dick Pearce - trumpet
  • Michael Jeans - oboe
  • Christian Marsac - saxophone
  • Mike Timothy - Fender Rhodes
  • Geoff Dunn - drums
  • Carl Geraghty - saxophone
  • Gavyn Wright - violin
  • Martin Loveday - cello
  • Conor Brady - guitar
  • Tim Sanders - tenor saxophone
  • Cass Lewis - bass
  • Richie Buckley - tenor saxophone
  • Paul Spong - trumpet
  • Christian Marsac - guitar
  • Mike Timothy - Hammond organ
  • Tony Molloy - bass
  • Helen Davies - harp
  • John Heley - cello
  • Chris Wellington - viola

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