MetalBite Review by Allan on 11/27/2002
From what I can gather of this rather obscure nineties act, Ship Of Fools
surfaced from the English “free festival” scene, which started in the seventies and continued even throughout the nineties. Bands like Mandragora
and Ozric Tentacles
, as well as Ship Of Fools
, supported this early scene. Before Ship Of Fools
disbanded, they left us with two albums, “Close Your Eyes”
and “Somewhere Out There”
. Peaceville Records is now releasing an album that compiles the best songs off those releases, remixed and all, titled “Let’s Get This Mother Outta Here”
One of the most notable things about Ship Of Fools
is that keyboardist Les Smith of Anathema
was in the band. It’s very obvious, seeing as keyboards and sound effects dominate every little bit of this album.
If you’re the type of listener that is easily annoyed by electronically dominated music, turn around, walk away, and cover your ears. Keyboards and effects are the base of Ship Of Fools
compositions, and they’re also the coating. Only somewhere in between the two will you find other instruments. If you can get past that, you’ll be able to realize that Ship Of Fools
carefully construct their music so that it flows throughout, seamlessly making its way from one segment to another.
Although the conventional rock instruments don’t cloud Ship Of Fools
music, make no mistake about it, they’re still very much part of the music. Drums, guitar, and even the occasional flute as well as other instruments are buried underneath the highly textured landscape of sound. As a listener, you’ve got to pay more attention to the music to get all the details.
While I generally don’t listen to music that is along the lines of Ship Of Fools
, I sincerely enjoyed the band. “Lets Get This Mother Outta Here”
should be an album that most people will be able to speak positively of, if not adore it.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10