Chris Squire
Fish Out of Water


4.5
superb

Review

by Recud USER (3 Reviews)
August 27th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very solid album. Colourful and even beautiful at times.

Chris Squire's 'Fish Out of Water' borrows its tone from Yes' heyday, and that's not a surprise bearing in mind that Squire's bass and vocals were such a key part of Yes' sound. Despite the echoes of 'Fragile' and 'Relayer', what we have on our hands with this album is a lush, musically dense and creative piece of work that barely has a dull moment.

The album kicks off with 'Hold Out Your Hand' which segues into the second track 'You By My Side'. Both songs demonstrate the key difference between Squire and Yes: Yes' lyrics were cryptic and fantasy based, Squire's are more personal and focus on more basic, non-progressive subject matters, something as basic as love on 'You By My Side':

'You know I love you, I can't be without you. When I'm alone, I still feel this way about you.'

Musically, Yes always created vast musical landscapes and had very little time for something as pop-based as 'You By My Side'. The song does have it's roots in pop but the arrangements really do enhance the experience for the listener, and are kind of progressive. A track like 'You By My Side' is progressive rock at its most accessible because it doesn't become excessive or pompous, it's just a standard love song blown up a bit. My point is that the songs on this album are not as anal as Yes', they sound more relaxed, therefore, more accessible in such a genre as prog rock.

When I compare Yes to Chris Squire, I am really saying that Squire finds a good balance of rock and progressive rock. However, this does not mean that this album isn't flawed; it is. Pretty much my only problem with 'Fish Out of Water' is that some of the compositions are simply too long. I'm not saying they're too long in the sense that we need to go back to the 3-minute-pop-song format, I'm saying they're too long because the instrumental sections drone on. A good portion of 'Safe (Canon Song)' is filler. And where does that filler lie? In the instrumentals. After you're done with the three verses, which are finished quite early on in the song, it needs to occupy another ten minutes, and so you see the problem. If Squire had written another song that's about 5 minutes long, you wouldn't need to have had that extra 5 minutes on 'Safe'. If you're going to write a 15-minute-long song, make sure you have 15 minutes' worth of material. Despite this, the closing track is a relatively strong number but my least favourite on the album by far.

'Silently Falling' and 'Lucky Seven' are both very enjoyable numbers, the latter of which is probably the most jazz-orientated number thanks to Patrick Moraz' keyboard and piano work and sublime sax playing from Mel Collins. Of course, both tracks feature a strong use of Chris Squire's immaculate bass playing and strong, tenor vocals.

To conclude, if you are a fan of Yes, progressive rock, or just straightforward pop, give this album a listen. It's unique, incredibly creative and a great gateway to the rest of the prog world. 4.5/5


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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2013


9602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Props for reviewing this one. Album's great but seriously lacking compared to Yes classics.

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Friday13th
August 27th 2013


5476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd. I heard "Silently Falling" on Pandora, and I'll have to check the rest out. Sounds like it's to Yes what Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte is to Genesis.

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osmark86
January 27th 2014


5331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd. great album that seems to be rather overlooked on this site.

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froghawk
July 7th 2014


175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't agree manosg, I think this is better than Tales from Topographic Oceans or almost any album Yes released after it

(though Going for the One and Drama are roughly on par with this). It's easily the best of the post-Relayer solo albums by

the band members, as well - it's a shame that Squire never released another one. Additionally, I think this album

integrates the orchestra far better than either Time and a Word or Magnification (or YesSymphonic), and is definitely the

best Yes-related record with orchestra.

Friday13th
February 3rd 2015


5476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review again. Listening on vinyl and "Silently Falling" and Lucky Seven" are killer.

Jethro42
February 3rd 2015


14189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Yeah agreed, Lucky Seven particularly, with its evident signature sound of Bruford's snare. And that sax! Also the very Yes sounding;

Hollllld Outttt Yourrrr Hannnnnd

KILL
August 25th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god this is so fuckin good

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zakalwe
August 25th 2015


18595 Comments


Isn't this fella featured on this months edition of prog rock mag or whatever it's called? You know the one that gets put on the counter at WH Smiths by a bloke who looks like he's diddled himself into his own stained anorak.

KILL
August 25th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea hes brown bread so now everyone licks his hoop even harder but its well deserved

jmnewcomer18
August 25th 2015


3819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lucky seven alone bumps this to a 4

zakalwe
August 25th 2015


18595 Comments


A well deserved hoop licking. I'll give it a go, then give the album a spin :D

KILL
August 25th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wouldnt recommend it these days bro might catch myiasis

KILL
September 13th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

honestly prefer this to relayer am i crazy

KILL
September 18th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u no i luvs ya

zakalwe
September 18th 2015


18595 Comments


I gave it a whirl it's great

KILL
September 18th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice one zak can always count on you



cant be withow cha

TheCrocodile
September 18th 2015


2344 Comments


Might check. RIP.

KILL
October 8th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

silently falling is the best jam

KILL
October 16th 2015


78265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the coolest bass lines ever all right here

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2015


14833 Comments


I need to jam this, Yes is one of the best progressive rock bands of all time and has some of the best basslines in rock music.

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