Alright then - let's bring this to a close!
The top 3 Fish solo albums are... <opens envelope>
3rd - Raingods With Zippos
(79 points, Average score: 3.95 points)
I'm sure the immense popularity of Plague Of Ghosts
had a lot to do with this, but then again several of the other tracks acquitted themselves very well indeed in the song poll as well, so I think it would be a mistake to say that was the only reason that Raingods
remains so popular. A fitting verdict on one of Fish's most diverse and inventive albums...
2nd - 13th Star
(92 points, Average score: 4.6 points)
Although this category was quite well contested - with all but the bottom three albums having the lead at some point - two albums consistently scored very highly and soon pushed their way to the front, where they remained for the rest of the voting. The 'new boy' just narrowly misses out on the top spot here, but there's something ouroborous-like about the fact that Fish's debut solo release and his most recent offering are the two albums at the top of the poll - as you can see, there was very little in it:
1st - Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
(96 points, Average score: 4.57 points)
...so much so that 13th Star
actually had a slightly higher average score!
Still, what can you say? 19 years ago, Fish unleashed his first solo album, a tour de force offering from a writer who no longer had to bow to the democracy of a band set-up and could deliver his own vision without compromise. Clearly, his audience were delighted at the results - and they still are, all this time later. A perfect balance of balladry, epic progressive songcraft and tighter, more concise - dare I say commercial? - material, Vigil
was a huge fan favourite from the start, and has been knocking 'em down in the aisles ever since.
Here's to the view from the hill...
And there it is - the end of the poll results. Thanks once again to everyone who took part and made it possible - without votes this would all be a bit dull! I hope you enjoyed reading all this back, and who knows, perhaps it got you digging out the back catalogue again for a refresher course - that's what it's all about, in the end - the music!
Cheers all - I'll be back with a new Fish Xmas Poll in November 2011...