Pat Fish, better known as British thinking-person's popster The Jazz Butcher, is on a personal mission to bring literacy back to pop music. Over an uneasy nine-year, seven-album alliance with a sales-driven music industry, Fish has never taken the easy way out with a lyric. Condition Blue was inspired by a nervous breakdown Fish experienced toward the end of 1990. The album's barefaced and literal songs express Fish's observations as he worked to claw his way back to sanity. "She's a Yo-Yo" and "Shirley MacLaine" erupt in frenzied bursts of driving guitar and feedback. Over it all, The Jazz Butcher intones deep, resonant melodies, seemingly in calm control but always bordering the precipice that gapes just below the surface.
AllMusic Review by Roch Parisien