New Music Express
April 08, 1995
1994 live line-up stumbled through a series of tunes and such under Butcher's direction, aided and abetted by a number of the usual suspects;
on saxes, that sort of thing.
Coming as he did in the wake of the post-punk world and
before the havoc that
dance culture wreaked, Pat Fish/The Jazz Butcher was the
product of a difficult
epoch in British music. Now working as The Jazz Butcher
' is his tenth album and could be seen as an
attempt to justify the
relevance of that era. So, the second track, '
still laments the
'80s blight of privatisation but the target in the '90s is a
attempting to dismantle Clause IV.
Politics aside, Pat Fish sticks to his '80s musical
guns too, as memories
of Lloyd Cole, Scritti Politti and The Go-Betweens flood
diverse as 'Illuminate' is, it has none of the pan-cultural
appeal that lies at
the heart of '90s eclecticism.
Instead, Pat Fishpersists in what he's good at:
crafting an album of
fragile pop songs best suited to those with fond memories of
their '80s glory
days. But, for all its merits, 'Illuminate' doesn't shed
fresh light on
arguments over whether or not The Jazz Butcher was
(5/10) Neil Spence.
What are you thinking? I think Illuminate is one of Pat's greatest works. The Jazz Butcher has never "fit in" or conformed to what ever horrible musical trend is numbing the minds and ears of pop society. Instead he the balls to just put out good music.
Tom and New York
10Jan2009 6:57 AM
What was Pat thinking? This album is not his best work. David J as producer? Who knows? This album should never of seen the light of day. Thank God Pat got back together with Max and started to come out with great songs once again.
2Jul2003 4:32 PM