Wish (Feargal Sharkey album)

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Wish
Feargalsharkey-wish.jpg
Studio album by
Released1988
RecordedA&M Studios, Hollywood, California
GenrePop
LabelVirgin
ProducerDanny Kortchmar
Feargal Sharkey chronology
Feargal Sharkey
(1985)
Wish
(1988)
Songs From The Mardi Gras
(1991)
Alternative Cover
US album cover.
US album cover.

Wish is the second solo album of former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey. Released in 1988, three years after his successful self-titled solo debut, the album was considered to be somewhat disappointing and was not as successful as its predecessor.

Background[edit]

Upon release, Sharkey told the Sunday Independent: "I've never devoted myself so much to an album before, so if it comes out, and nobody gives a damn about it, I would be extremely disappointed, to say the least."[1]

"Blue Days" was inspired by The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Sharkey told the Sunday Independent: "It's about my last return to Derry, and how soul-destroying I found it, seeing what living there has done to all my old friends."[2] He added to Record Mirror: "I wrote the song because I believe that at the end of the day, despite sectarian differences, nobody is happy with what's going on in Ireland." The title was inspired by Rev Ian Paisley's comment: "We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mists of an Irish republic."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Billboardfavourable[5]
Cash Boxfavourable[6]
Number One4/5 stars[7]
Stereo Reviewmixed[8]

Upon release, John Aizlewood of Number One said: "So why is our Fearg hitless? One things for sure, it can't be the music. Wish is a steady grower which creeps up on you like exams, only it's fun to listen to! And does that voice fair quiver? It does indeed. Nice one Fearg, ignore the barrackers."[9] Billboard described the album as an "even-better follow-up" to Sharkey's debut, and one that "should soon be sitting firmly at the top of the charts".[5] Cash Box described the album as "a slickly-crafted collection of pop numbers that should finally enable the artist the edge at Top 40 radio he deserves"[6]

Stereo Review commented: "The first solo album by Feargal Sharkey was so subtle and understated that much of it barely registered. This time around, he's made a record that cannot go unnoticed. With the help of producer Danny Kortchmar, whose guitar playing is the instrumental heart of the album, Sharkey takes a measured soul turn." The reviewer praised five of the album's tracks as "gems", but then added the rest of material "gets thin". They concluded: "Five out of the ten tracks are hardly memorable, but the good ones are very good".[8]

Track listing[edit]

A Side
No.TitleWritten byLength
1."Cold, Cold Streets"Danny Kortchmar, David Lasley and Feargal Sharkey5:16
2."More Love"Benmont Tench4:35
3."Full Confession"Danny Kortchmar, Feargal Sharkey and Tim Daly3:54
4."Please Don't Believe in Me"David A. Stewart, Feargal Sharkey and Tim Daly4:49
5."Out of My System"Eddie Chacon and Suzanne Valentine4:19
B Side
No.TitleWritten byLength
1."If This is Love"Feargal Sharkey, Maggie Lee and Tim Daly3:43
2."Strangest Girl in Paradise"Danny Kortchmar and Feargal Sharkey4:20
3."Blue Days"Danny Kortchmar, Feargal Sharkey and Waddy Wachtel4:09
4."Let Me Be"Feargal Sharkey and Mark Goldenberg3:13
5."Safe to Touch"Feargal Sharkey and Steve Jordan4:10

The CD release contains three changes to the track listing

CD release
No.TitleWritten byLength
6."Strangest Girl in Paradise"Danny Kortchmar and Feargal Sharkey4:20
7."Let Me Be"Feargal Sharkey and Mark Goldenberg3:13
9."If This is Love"Feargal Sharkey, Maggie Lee and Tim Daly3:43

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 66
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 22

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Richard Haughton - Photography
  • Gary Wathen - Art direction

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hand, Lise (24 January 1988). "Feargal the Fiery". Sunday Independent.
  2. ^ Hand, Lise (24 January 1988). "Feargal the Fiery". Sunday Independent.
  3. ^ Dickson, Ian (23 January 1988). "The return of the native". Record Mirror.
  4. ^ "Wish - Feargal Sharkey | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ a b Billboard magazine - April 16, 1988 - Album reviews - page 64
  6. ^ a b Cash Box newspaper - April 9, 1988 - Album Releases - page 9
  7. ^ Number One magazine - Albums - John Aizlewood - 9 April 1988 - page 48
  8. ^ a b "Stereo Review - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. ^ Number One magazine - Albums - John Aizlewood - 9 April 1988 - page 48
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 270. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - Wish". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.