Terence Trent D’Arby: Neither Fish nor Flesh (1989)

TTD neither fish nor fleshBy Scott Goldfine

Terence Trent D’Arby, the eclectic artist who became a critical darling and a commercial boon two years ago, delivers what is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the season. This curiously titled (meaning defying categorization) 12-track effort is the follow-up to his platinum debut, “The Hardline …” There was surely a lot of pressure to surpass the quality of that LP, especially considering the brash boasting D’Arby had spouted. Fortunately (for him and us), this disc is without question a quantum leap over that one. D’Arby — who sings and plays several instruments ― has written, produced and arranged a work that refreshes not only with its contrasting sounds, but in its provocative lyrics as well.

Drawing from countless diverse influences, especially Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Prince, TTD sings about affairs of the heart (“…And I Need to Be With Someone Tonight,” “This Side of Love” and “To Know Someone Deeply Is to Know Someone Softly”), social ills (“I’ll Have Faith in These Desolate Times”), repentance (“You Will Pay Tomorrow”) and homosexuality (“Billy Don’t Fall”). The music ranges from the lush orchestration of “It Feels So Good to Love Someone Like You” to the rocking swagger of “Billy …” to the funk minimalism of “Roly Poly.”

The lovely “To Know Someone Deeply…,” the rocking rhythm of “This Side…” and the Funkadelic-inspired shuffle of “Attracted to You” are probably the best single choices. However, the bluesy “I Don’t Want to Bring Your Gods Down” and the James Brown ode, “You Will Pay…” are not to be overlooked. “Neither Fish Nor Flesh” is a complex and extremely ambitious work that takes some time to fully digest. But with it, D’Arby has validated himself as one of the pop scene’s most captivating performers — and just maybe he’ll eventually live up to his own larger-than-life boasts.


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Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.