Neither Fish nor Flesh

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Neither Fish nor Flesh
Neither Fish Nor Flesh.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1989
GenrePsychedelic pop, rock, R&B, funk
Length51:24
LabelColumbia
ProducerTerence Trent D'Arby
Terence Trent D'Arby chronology
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
(1987)
Neither Fish nor Flesh
(1989)
Symphony or Damn
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceA−[3]

Neither Fish nor Flesh (A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction) is the second album by American singer Terence Trent D'Arby, released in 1989 on Columbia Records. A follow-up to his debut Introducing the Hardline, the album was a commercial disappointment, spending only four weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and was largely dismissed by critics as self-indulgent and overreaching.[4]

Reception[edit]

In a review of Neither Fish nor Flesh for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said despite D'Arby's pretensions and awful lyrics on some songs, the psychedelic pop record's music "proves D'Arby a master of the black spectrum from the trad r&b of 'I'll Be Alright' to the reconstructed Prince-funk of 'This Side of Love'".[3] Rolling Stone critic Mark Coleman said 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."[2] AllMusic's Tom Demalon retrospectively called it "a sprawling, overly ambitious work that incorporates Middle Eastern flavorings and even more of a gospel influence into his gritty mix of rock, R&B, and funk", although he felt D'Arby's "pretensions run a bit wild".[1]

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 as being hindered by German record producer Frank Farian who decided to release an album of D'Arby's 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]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Terence Trent D'Arby (aka the Incredible E.G. O'Reilly, aka Ecneret Tnert Ybra'D) – vocals, kazoo (#10), Fender Rhodes piano (#9,11), sitar (#3), scratching (#3), keyboards (#3,4,7-9), clavinet (#6,8,10), timpani (#3), guitar (#1-2,6-8), drums (#4,6-9,11), cymbal (#3), percussion (#2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12), tambourine (#8,10,11), piano (#4,7,9), organ (#3,9), vibraphone (#4), handclaps (#5), marimba (#9), arrangements
  • Michael Timothy – bass guitar (#4), piano (#8,9,11), Hammond organ (#4,8,11), Fender Rhodes (#5), recorder (#9), score

with:

  • Richard Addison, clarinet (#9)
  • Bob Andrews, Hammond organ (#5)
  • Jack Bayle, trombone (#11)
  • Conor Brady, guitar (#4,6,11)
  • Bob Brimson, guitar (#1)
  • Richie Buckley, tenor saxophone (#8)
  • Roger Chase, viola (#10)
  • Simon Clarke, alto saxophone (#5)
  • Ben Cruft, violin (#10)
  • John Curran, saxophone (#11)
  • Helen Davies, koto water harp (#2)
  • Antonio Drennan, guitar (#1)
  • Geoff Dunn, drums (#5,10)
  • David Emanuel, viola (#7,9)
  • Carl Geraghty, saxophone (#11)
  • Wilfred Gibson, violin (#7,9)
  • Pete Glenister, guitar (#7-10)
  • John Heley, cello (#7)
  • David Maldwyn James, cello (#3)
  • Michael Jeans, oboe (#9)
  • Cass Lewis, bass guitar (#5,9-10)
  • Roddy Lorimer, trumpet (#5,10)
  • Martin Loveday, cello (#9-10)
  • Christian Marsac, guitar (#5), saxophone (#7)
  • Neil Martin, viola (#3,11)
  • Stephen McDonnell, trumpet (#11)
  • Tony Malloy, bass guitar (#8)
  • Padraig O'Connor, viola (#3,11)
  • Eoghan O'Neill, bass guitar (#6,7,11)
  • Dick Pearce, trumpet (#9)
  • Percy Robinson, pedal steel guitar (#3)
  • Tim Sanders, tenor saxophone (#5,10)
  • Geoff Scantlebury, sparkle sticks (#10)
  • Alan Smale, violin (#3,11)
  • Katherine Smale, violin (#3,11)
  • Paul Spong, trumpet (#5,10)
  • Chris Wellington, viola (#7)
  • David White, clarinet (#9)
  • Pete Wingfield, piano (#5)
  • Gavyn Wright, violin (#7,9-10)

Alan Smale & Katherine Smale are The Degani Ensemble

Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Paul Spong & Tim Sanders are The Kick Horns

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 40
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 28
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 32
New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 42
Norway Albums Chart[9] 16
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 47
Switzerland Albums Chart[11] 20
UK Albums Chart[12] 12
US Billboard 200[13] 61
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[14] 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b "Neither Fish nor Flesh : Terence Trent D'Arby : Review : Rolling Stone". 30 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Dec. 26, 1989". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (25 November 2002). "Sananda Maitreya (Terence Trent D'Arby)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ [1] Retrieved January 19, 2009
  6. ^ http://austriancharts.at/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Terence+Trent+D%27Arby
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Terence Trent D'Arby - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ Charts.nz
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "norwegiancharts.com - Discography Terence Trent D'Arby". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing The Hardline According To". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Terence Trent D'Arby - hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  12. ^ "TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby Neither Fish Nor Flesh Chart History". Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby Neither Fish Nor Flesh Chart History". Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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