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Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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MARILLION, taking their name from Tolkien's "The Silmarillion", are the well known band that invented the "New Wave of Progressive Rock". Their sound is similar to GENESIS '72 to '82 or thereabouts, with PINK FLOYD and YES influences. The line-up, by this time, comprised Fish (his real name, Derek Dick, was worse; vocals), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Steve Rothery (guitar), Ian Mosley (drums) and Peter Trewavas (bass).

MARILLION - FISH (1982 - 1988)
The music is directed around the poetic and sometimes fantasy lyrics of the lead singer Fish, who sounds very much like Peter Gabriel. The band got their best successes, both artistically, progressively and commercially. "Script For A Jester's Tear" showed influences from many of the great 70's progressive bands. The second studio album "Fugazi" followed in the next year. The third studio album, "Misplaced Chilhood", was a true concept album and placed MARILLION among the greats. MARILLION's fourth album "Clutching At Straws" was to be "old" MARILLION's farewell to the world. The album, dealing with the problems of drug addiction and alcoholism, was the final album to be made with Fish as front man and lyricist. Fish left the band in 1988 to pursue a solo career.

MARILLION - HOGARTH (1989 - today)
Their new sound seems more geared for radio play, although they still have an air of depression in the music. "Season's End" was issued in 1989 with a new singer, a lot less inspired by Peter Gabriel, Steve HOGARTH. Their album "Brave", considered one of the modern masterpieces of progressive rock, is a concept piece about a young girl that contemplates suicide on a bridge. This daring concept album is a spectacular exercise in multi-layered music.

Personnally, I enjoy both styles, although I prefered the old art rock style of Fish. Still, with Hogarth, MARILLION has progressed to a higher level making it one of the top bands from the mid eighties till now...

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Misplaced Childhood (Explicit)(Deluxe Edition)(4CD w+Blu-Ray)Misplaced Childhood (Explicit)(Deluxe Edition)(4CD w+Blu-Ray)
Rhino/Parlophone 2017
Audio CD$43.14
Clutching at StrawsClutching at Straws
Import
101 DISTRIBUTION 2001
Audio CD$5.45
$5.86 (used)
FugaziFugazi
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered · Special Edition
Caroline 1998
Audio CD$9.06
$12.00 (used)
Best.live (2CD Set - Media Book)Best.live (2CD Set - Media Book)
MADFISH 2017
Audio CD$13.31
$13.31 (used)
Marbles In The Park [Blu-ray]Marbles In The Park [Blu-ray]
Widescreen
EARMUSIC 2017
Blu-ray$16.69
$16.78 (used)
Sounds Can't Be Made [2 CD][Special Edition]Sounds Can't Be Made [2 CD][Special Edition]
Special Edition
Eagle Records 2014
Audio CD$16.24
$11.99 (used)
At High Voltage 2010At High Voltage 2010
Four Worlds Media 2015
Audio CD$9.86
$22.26 (used)
Script For a Jester's TearScript For a Jester's Tear
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered · Special Edition
Caroline 2008
Audio CD$16.27
$10.33 (used)
Live from LoreleyLive from Loreley
Import
Parlophone 2004
Audio CD$8.69
$4.83 (used)
Seasons EndSeasons End
Import
EMI Import 2012
Vinyl$15.40
$19.67 (used)
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MARILLION discography


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MARILLION top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 1802 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear
1983
3.98 | 1202 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.24 | 1890 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.14 | 1174 ratings
Clutching At Straws
1987
3.76 | 780 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.11 | 585 ratings
Holidays In Eden
1991
3.97 | 931 ratings
Brave
1994
3.78 | 631 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.41 | 512 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.67 | 464 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.12 | 430 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.37 | 494 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.09 | 980 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.04 | 479 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.34 | 522 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.78 | 318 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.56 | 555 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.68 | 241 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016

MARILLION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 288 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.84 | 290 ratings
The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra
1988
2.34 | 25 ratings
Live at the Borderline
1992
3.35 | 27 ratings
Live in Glasgow
1993
3.57 | 45 ratings
Live in Caracas
1993
4.11 | 83 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.43 | 136 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.56 | 56 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.69 | 34 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.28 | 23 ratings
Marillionrochester
1998
3.18 | 32 ratings
Zodiac
1999
3.70 | 72 ratings
Anorak in the UK Live
2002
4.10 | 42 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2003
3.50 | 13 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.53 | 43 ratings
Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983 - 1988
2004
4.18 | 93 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
3.97 | 47 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.50 | 34 ratings
Popular Music
2005
3.48 | 12 ratings
Bootleg Bingo
2005
3.57 | 28 ratings
Smoke
2006
3.81 | 35 ratings
Mirrors
2006
4.00 | 47 ratings
Family
2007
3.63 | 35 ratings
Friends
2007
3.82 | 25 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.50 | 91 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.47 | 93 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.29 | 90 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
3.71 | 22 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.65 | 24 ratings
High Voltage
2010
3.79 | 42 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.66 | 40 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.03 | 37 ratings
size matters
2010
3.88 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.88 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.78 | 22 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.75 | 21 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
3.91 | 44 ratings
Live From Cadogan Hall
2011
3.81 | 18 ratings
Afraid of Sunlight Live
2011
3.60 | 16 ratings
This Strange Engine Live
2011
3.71 | 19 ratings
Seasons End Live
2011
3.78 | 21 ratings
A-Z Live 2011
2012
3.91 | 36 ratings
Sounds Live
2012
3.76 | 19 ratings
The Glow Must Go On
2012
3.61 | 22 ratings
Clocks Already Ticking
2013
3.91 | 27 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.50 | 8 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
4.55 | 20 ratings
Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
3.75 | 4 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
4.38 | 8 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
4.67 | 9 ratings
Marbles In The Park
2016
4.30 | 10 ratings
Singles Night
2016

MARILLION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.36 | 156 ratings
Recital Of The Script
1983
3.37 | 30 ratings
Video
1984
2.57 | 27 ratings
1982-86 The Videos
1986
3.70 | 30 ratings
A Singles Collection
1992
4.76 | 54 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2002
2.81 | 14 ratings
Shot In The Dark
2002
4.75 | 12 ratings
A Piss-up in a Brewery
2002
3.16 | 41 ratings
The EMI Singles Collection
2002
3.70 | 55 ratings
From Stoke Row To Ipanema - A Year In The Life (DVD)
2003
3.95 | 20 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.20 | 16 ratings
Before First Light (Afraid of Sunlight Live 2003)
2003
4.45 | 135 ratings
Live from Loreley
2004
3.81 | 64 ratings
Marbles On The Road
2004
2.75 | 46 ratings
Brave - The Film
2004
4.13 | 25 ratings
Wish You Were Here
2005
4.29 | 7 ratings
Colours And Sound
2006
4.20 | 53 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.29 | 19 ratings
Bootleg Butlins
2007
3.78 | 9 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
3.58 | 14 ratings
Something Else
2007
4.45 | 11 ratings
This Strange Convention
2009
4.75 | 4 ratings
M Tube: An Introduction To Marillion On DVD
2010
4.48 | 52 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.15 | 45 ratings
Live At Cadogan Hall
2011
4.65 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal
2011
4.44 | 22 ratings
Holidays In Zelande
2012
3.97 | 24 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.29 | 14 ratings
Breaking Records
2015
4.14 | 10 ratings
Out Of The Box
2016
4.60 | 5 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016

MARILLION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.44 | 184 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.92 | 65 ratings
A Singles Collection - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
1992
1.60 | 10 ratings
Marillion Music Collection
1993
4.19 | 13 ratings
The Originals
1995
2.99 | 38 ratings
Kayleigh
1996
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Best of Marillion
1996
3.30 | 43 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds (2 cd boxset)
1997
4.05 | 75 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.14 | 9 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.20 | 59 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.46 | 41 ratings
The singles '82 - 88'
2000
3.29 | 8 ratings
Refracted! - From dusk 'till dot, Volume 1
2001
3.71 | 7 ratings
Another DAT at the Office
2001
3.33 | 9 ratings
Fall Out
2002
3.20 | 16 ratings
marillion.co.uk
2002
3.15 | 8 ratings
AWOL: A Marillion Solo Projects Sampler
2002
3.48 | 26 ratings
The singles '89- 95'
2002
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Best Of Marillion (EMI Compilation)
2003
4.20 | 5 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
2003
3.27 | 11 ratings
marillion.co.uk (2005 Version)
2005
4.33 | 3 ratings
Classics
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Keep The Noise Down
2010
4.83 | 6 ratings
Misplaced Childhood / Script For A Jester's Tear
2011
4.50 | 4 ratings
4 Albums
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits On CD & DVD
2012
4.31 | 16 ratings
Marillion.Best.Live
2012
3.83 | 6 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made Special Edition
2013
2.38 | 7 ratings
Best Sounds
2014
4.31 | 23 ratings
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
3.10 | 10 ratings
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts
2014

MARILLION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.90 | 105 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
4.08 | 40 ratings
Garden Party
1983
4.17 | 39 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
4.00 | 35 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.68 | 50 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.34 | 50 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.58 | 51 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.52 | 50 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.58 | 62 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
4.06 | 9 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
4.13 | 23 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.02 | 33 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.77 | 30 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
3.97 | 31 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
2.95 | 19 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.15 | 20 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.71 | 17 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.26 | 23 ratings
Easter
1989
3.50 | 18 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.20 | 16 ratings
No One Can
1991
3.13 | 8 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain And Heaven)
1991
3.00 | 8 ratings
Dry Land
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
No One Can
1992
3.56 | 18 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.41 | 20 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.90 | 10 ratings
No One Can
1992
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.00 | 3 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
4.00 | 3 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.63 | 16 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.71 | 15 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.18 | 19 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.00 | 13 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.82 | 11 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
2.91 | 16 ratings
These Chains (Single)
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Marillion & the Web Christmas 1998
1998
3.25 | 8 ratings
Marillion.Christmas
1999
2.77 | 14 ratings
Marillion.co.uk
2000
3.75 | 8 ratings
Crash Course - An Introduction to Marillion
2001
2.71 | 14 ratings
A Verry Barry Christmas
2001
4.18 | 11 ratings
Between You And Me / Map Of The World
2001
3.84 | 15 ratings
Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery
2001
3.22 | 4 ratings
Front Row Club Issue 7
2002
4.13 | 6 ratings
Le Spectrum, Montréal, Canada, 6 September 1997 (Front Row Club 008)
2002
3.67 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2002: Santa And His Elvis
2002
4.06 | 8 ratings
Say Cheese, Christmas With Marillion
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
View From The Balcony (A Front Row Club Sampler)
2003
3.04 | 8 ratings
Christmas 2004: Baubles
2004
2.12 | 11 ratings
Remixomatosis
2004
2.08 | 10 ratings
A Handful Of Marbles
2005
4.33 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2005 : Merry Xmas To Our Flock
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2006: The Jingle Book
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Unzipped - The Making Of Anoraknophobia
2006
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2007: Somewhere Elf
2007
2.60 | 11 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are
2007
3.11 | 10 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
4.00 | 6 ratings
ABC, Glasgow, Scotland. 9 November 2008
2008
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Basement, Newcastle, UK. 10 November 2008
2008
4.20 | 5 ratings
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. 11 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
LMUSU, Leeds, UK. 13 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Academy, Manchester, UK. 14 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Opera House, Bournemouth, UK. 15 November 2008
2008
4.11 | 10 ratings
The Forum, London, UK. 19 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
JBs, Dudley, UK. 17 November 2008
2008
4.33 | 3 ratings
Rock City, Nottingham, UK. 18 November 2008
2008
2.42 | 3 ratings
De Waerdse Temple, Heerhugowaard, Netherlands. 21 November
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
013, Tilburg, Netherlands. 23 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 24 November 2008
2008
4.27 | 6 ratings
E-Werk, Cologne, Germany. 26 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Le Splendid, Lille, France. 27 November 2008
2008
3.50 | 8 ratings
Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz
2008
4.04 | 5 ratings
Happiness on the Road - Concorde 2 Brighton - 28 January 2009
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2009: Snow De Cologne
2009
3.00 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2010: Ding, Dong Loreley On High...
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2011: Live At The German Space Day 2004
2011
3.33 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2012: Sleighed Again
2012
4.60 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 12 June 2012
2012
4.40 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 13 June 2012
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2013
4.00 | 10 ratings
The Carol Of The Bells
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2013: Proggin' Around The Christmas Tree
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2014: Chile For The Time Of Year
2014

MARILLION Reviews


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 Fugazi by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.98 | 1202 ratings

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Fugazi
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 129

'Fugazi' is the second studio album of Marillion and was released in 1984. In relation to their debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear', 'Fugazi' shows some musical differences. Marillion streamlined the intricacies of group's progressive rock leanings for a more straight ahead rock identity. Still, it remains clearly a Marillion's album. We even can say that, in a certain way, 'Fugazi' remarks Marillion's consistency on its musical direction solidifying the group.

The line up on the album is Derek Dick 'Fish' (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass) and Ian Mosley (drums). The album has also the participation of Linda Pyke (backing vocals). This was the first album with the presence of Mosley after the departure of their drummer Mick Pointer to form Arena. The album was produced under difficult circumstances, with the group employing and ejecting several drummers in quick sessions.

'Fugazi' has seven tracks. All songs were written by Fish, Rothery, Trewavas and Kelly, except 'Punch And Judy' that was also written by Jonathan Mover and 'Emerald Lies' and 'Fugazi' which were also written by Mosley. The first track 'Assassing' is a very good song to open the album and became one of the classic songs of the group. This is a very interesting song because it sounds at the same time quite different and yet familiar compared to the songs of their debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear'. It's a very energetic song with a touch of Islamic music, with a beautiful interlude, a good bass line and a very dynamic drumming. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the highlights of the album. The second track 'Punch And Judy' was the song chosen to be released as the first single of this album. The lyrics of the song are a very amusing subject on a married life and are about a marriage that gone bad. It's the shortest track on the album but is for me a very good song. This is a wonderful song although not very typical of their music until now. However, it features everything that's great in Marillion's songs, catchy riffs and melodies and their typical sound so characteristic of Fish's era. The third track 'Jigsaw' it's a bit slow rock song, very nice and I particularly like of it very much. This is probably a song partially obscured by the two previous songs. It's a song about everything in Marillion, their music, their audience and the accusation of being a Genesis' clone, what really bothered them. This is a very sensual song with beautiful lyrics that we want to sing as we take our morning shower and leaves us well prepared to begin our day's work. Definitely, I love this song. The fourth track 'Emerald Lies' is, in my humble opinion, a good song but it's also at the same time weaker than the previous songs. It doesn't represent a truly progression on their music and it even sounds a little bit na've in comparison with the other songs composed by them until now. However, it has a good bass line, great guitar melody, the vocal dynamics are very good and the lyrics are particularly simple and clever. So, it remains a good song. The fifth track 'She Chameleon' is the other weaker song on the album. It's a very simple song with depressing lyrics and with a very simple organ work, a tasteful guitar melody and some bombastic drums. This is still a very decent song but isn't as great as the others are and, in my humble opinion, this song and 'Emerald Lies' brought this album a little bit down. The sixth track 'Incubus' is fortunately the return of the band to the great songs. This is with 'Fugazi' one of the two epic tracks on the album. The theme of the song is about nightmares and has very good lyrics. It's a song with a very strong musical structure with a very melodic musical composition and different tempo. Its music moves dynamically all over the song with smooth musical transitions from one melody to another. This is really a brilliant song. The seventh and last track is the title track 'Fugazi'. This is another brilliant epic track. As with the previous debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear' where the last track 'Forgotten Sons' is considered by many, the best song on the album and one of the best musical compositions made by Marillion too, with this song is the same thing. I completely agree with those who saying that this is a great song. It's a fantastic song with great mood and a melody that changes all over the song. This is, in reality, the ending of a great musical journey made by the group and an incredible way to closing this magnificent album.

Conclusion: Perhaps 'Fugazi' is the weakest album of Marillion in Fish's era. But saying this, it seems like a sacrilege. In reality, Marillion has no weak albums in that period of time, and so, 'Fugazi' is still a great piece of music. As I wrote before and, in my humble opinion, the album has two songs with musical quality below of the others, 'Emerald Lies' and 'She Chameleon'. So, for that motif, 'Fugazi' can't be considered a masterpiece, as happened with their preceding album 'Script For A Jester's Tear' and their following album 'Misplaced Childhood'. But, 'Fugazi' remains without any doubt a great album. 'Fugazi' is an excellent album that can be recommended to all progressive rock fans. Just simply don't compare it too much to the previous one, because there's music here for every progressive rock fan to love.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Sounds That Can't Be Made by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.56 | 555 ratings

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Sounds That Can't Be Made
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the massively underrated Happiness is the Road, Marillion managed to release another solid album.

In terms of production, the band never sounded better because all instruments are clear and pristine. Maybe the Trewavas's bass could have had a bit more protagonism, but it's ok nevertheless. And It's incredible to check that after 25 years in Marillion, Steve Hogarth's voice is still in top form!

It's a pity that this guy has so an affected and studied pose on stage, because he has one of the best prog-rock voices in my humble opinion. But let's talk about the songs in Sounds That Can't be Made.

Gaza starts the album in an incredible way, achieving of the band's highlights. An impressive song with strong lyrics, heavy guitars and great progression. Together with acts like The Invisible Man and This Strange Engine, Gaza is without a doubt one of the best songs of Hogarth's era. Just a must hearing track for every prog lover.

Sadly Sounds taht Can't be Made can't maintain this quality level with its silly text and boring melodies. Just too repetitive and dull, except for the great guitars towards the end. Pour My Love is a song in the style of the worst tracks in Radiation and Marillion.com. Just forgettable and the lowest moment in the whole album. This trip-hop influences... Just lame.

Luckily the rythmic Power raises our souls with its beautiful keyboards and good Trewavas work, while Montreal is another highlight of the album despite its mundane lyrics. A gift for the fans showing the most variable and prog side of the band. Invisible Ink is a beautiful little song in the vein of the most intimate compositions of Happiness is the Road. Lovely despite (or thank to) it's simplicity.

Lucky Man is solid, but a bit repetitive for my taste despite the powerful Hogarth's singing. The Sky above the rain closes the album brilliantly, with its beautiful lyrics and increasing intensity. It's a song perfect and effective to be played live, but with a too much Hogarth's protagonism. Another little classic from this album!

Conclusion: Sounds that Can't be Made is clearly not one a peak in the band's history, but it's still a very solid release from a veteran band which refuses to live from the past and it's always exploring new paths to expand their music. This album is not so good and surpising like the previous Happiness is the Road, but easily surpases other Marillion's efforths. It has three wonderful songs (maybe four), and the rest is also pretty enjoyable if not memorable with the exception of the forgettable Pour My Love.

Good work, guys!

Best Tracks: Gaza, Montreal, The Sky above the Rain.

My rating: ***1/2, rounded down to three stars.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.22 | 1802 ratings

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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 128

"Script For A Jester's Tear" is the debut studio album of Marillion and was released in 1983. The album was released after their fantastic EP "Market Square Heroes" with also "Three Boats From The Candy" and on the B side with their great epic "Grendel". The line up on the album is Derek Dick "Fish" (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass) and Mick Pointer (drums). Beyond "Market Square Heroes", this is the only album to feature Pointer in the group. He left Marillion to found Arena where he is still their current drummer.

"Script For A Jester's Tear" has six tracks. All songs were written by Fish, Rothery, Trewavas, Pointer and Kelly, except "The Web" which was also written by Brian Jellyman and "He Knows You Know", "Garden Party" and "Forgotten Sons" which were also written by Jellyman and Diz Minnett. The first track is the title track "Script For A Jester's Tear". This is a fantastic song, is a brilliant opener and is also without any doubt a memorable musical moment on the album. It's clearly progressive rock music with a strong melody and sung wonderfully by the magnificent voice of Fish. It's a song that reminds us perfectly, the good old times of the progressive rock music, especially the masterpieces of Genesis in the vein of Gabriel's era. The second track "He Knows You Know" was the song chosen to be Marillion's second single and is a song that tells us about the abuse of drugs, and alludes particularly to intravenous drug use. This is the shortest song on the album but it's still a great track and represents also another great musical moment on the album. It's a very powerful song with powerful lyrics too. The song begins with the guitar followed by Fish's voice and soon the keyboards appear also and then, the song reaches its great musical climax when the drum section enters on the scene. The third track "The Web" is another great song with a beautiful composition and powerful lyrics and is very enjoyable to listen to. Probably it isn't as appealing as the other two previous songs, but it's without any doubt a song that fixes us firmly into the territory of the progressive rock music. This is a very melodic song and it has also a magnificent harmonic musical progression, making of it a truly progressive track. It has also magnificent individual musical performances, especially the fantastic guitar work of Rothery and the magnificent and bombastic keyboard work of Kelly. The fourth track "Garden Party" was another song chosen to be released as a single and it was their third single. This time, the song is a parody of social elitism and snobbery in our society and this is probably the least depressing song on the album. The lyrics are absolutely fantastic, very satiric, and it represents perhaps Fish's best lyrical performance on the entire album. This song reminds me strongly the very personal and unique style of Gabriel in the good old Genesis' times. This is also, in my humble opinion, another great track. The fifth track "Chelsea Monday" is another great song and represents another highest moment on the album. This is one of the simplest tracks on the album but it's still a very powerful song. It became one of the classic songs of the band and it remains, even today, as fresh as it was in those days. This always was one of my favourite songs of the group, very mellow with a very reach musical ambience and with also very deep lyrics that almost make us cry. The musical arrangement of this song is, for my taste, absolutely fantastic. The sixth and last track "Forgotten Sons" represents another highlight of the album and is without any doubt a perfect way to close this incredible musical work. This track represents for many of us the best musical moment on the album. The opening of this song is very powerful and reminds us a group of soldiers marching into their destination, the battlefield. It's also a song with very powerful lyrics and a clear political message. This is, in my humble opinion, one of their greatest pieces of music with absolutely fantastic individual musical performances, culminating with a great guitar solo. This is really a very powerful and overwhelming song, a great close for the album.

Conclusion: It's commonly accepted that "Script For A Jester's Tear" is with "Misplaced Childhood" probably the two best studio albums released by the group in the music era of Fish. It's also true that the opinion of which of these albums is the best, is divided. Both have their supporters. However, and in my humble opinion, "Misplaced Childhood" is a better album because is a more cohesive and well balanced musical work. Still, nobody can't deny the fundamental importance of "Script For A Jester's Tear", in those times, for progressive rock. In a certain way "Script For A Jester's Tear" was as important as "In The Court Of The Crimson King" of King Crimson was for the progressive rock music in the 70's. In the summer of 1982 the punk explosion was gone but remained some echoes, a parade of a new romantic musical movement. So, when the music world seemed to be at the mercy of the new romantics, "Script For A Jester's Tear" represents a landmark and a breath of fresh air that progressive rock music, so needed at the time. We can even say that since "Script For A Jester's Tear" the world of progressive rock has raised again and no longer was the same.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Seasons End by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.76 | 780 ratings

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Seasons End
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Orpheus-keys

4 stars Cast thy weary minds back to the depths of 1989. Tensions were rising, a new decade was blossoming and the glamorous aura of the 1980s was meeting its inevitable decline. In the world of alternative British music, - Madchester had reached its peak with major-selling groups like the Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets whereas groups like New Order and the Smiths had already become remnants of yesterday. A little further South, in the progressive rock world, was a group called Marillion, - a quintet whose reign amongst the sheltered bedrooms of rock fanatics had reached their ten-year anniversary. With albums such as 'Script for a Jester's Tear' and 'Misplaced Childhood', they had become household names in Britain by now, - largely due to original frontman Fish who marked his territory on the grounds of rock with his blending of fantastical lyricism, despondent imagery and stage theatricality. In 1988 Fish left the group and was soon replaced by Steve Hogarth. Short on press support but high on ambition and confidence, the group set out to record their fifth album with their new vocalist.

The album starts with the eight-minute opus 'King of Sunset Town' which is a sprawling and diverse piece of music and lyricism. Thematically similar to earlier works like 'The Web' with high connotations of dejection and moodiness is balanced nicely with segments of fantastical elevation. Keyboardist Mark Kelly is consistent as usual but is now taking full advantage of more modernized keyboard sounds, particularly during the intro section. Guitarist Steve Rothery also shines with usual displays of melodic nuances throughout the track. Indubitably a strong opener and the proggiest track on the album. 'Easter' is an electric- acoustic pop song which was released as a single after its release. The song begins as a gentle acoustic ballad before gradually building up tension into a climactic chorus, which is followed by an extended heartfelt guitar solo which is simulataneously passionate and sedative. The song closes with an upbeat reprise of the main theme with accompanying scat- singing. 'The Uninvited Guest' is another catchy pop song with hard rock elements similar to that of 'Incommunicado' from their previous album Clutching at Straws. 'Seasons End' is the representative track of the album; another eight-minute opus which is very slow throughout. First half of the song is very emotional and dramatic which is chock-full of crashing cymbals, guitar chords and cascading synth pads. The second half takes on a more quirky vibe with Mark Kelly taking centre-stage with polyrhythmic marimba-sounding swirls before the track gradually fades out and closes Side One.

Side Two opens with 'Holloway Girl' which is a fairly slow yet upbeat and catchy song which is led by a pervasive delayed guitar riff. 'Berlin' is the third-longest song on the album which retains true to the album's dramatic and ambient quality, - but not quite as breathtaking as Easter nor nowhere near as progressive and diverse as King of Sunset Town or Seasons End. 'After You' is a gorgeous ballad which is definitely one of my personal favourite for it showcases a sublime vocal performance by Hogarth and the lyrics are very sincere and sweet without sounding too saccharine or sappy. 'Hooks in You' was the leading single from the album and definitely the sole AOR-styled rocker on the album, - although in reflection it doesn't age too well in comparison with the rest of the album. 'The Space...' closes the album with a punch as it enriches the listener with its somber, reflective yet life-affirming quality. Rich in orchestral textures and layering, the six-minute slow epic ends with the universal lyric "Everybody lives and loves and laughs and cries and eats and sleeps and grows and dies.." giving the whole album a very earthy quality.

Overall; - a splendid release at a very difficult time for the group. Inevitably hesitant to stray too far away from their roots yet they clearly had an adamant desire to progress and evolve beyond the sprawling progressive-rock epics of the early 80s into a more balanced and streamlined group with ambient textures. A very solid record, a key release and an essential listen for even the most ardent Fish-era Marillion fanatic.

 Misplaced Childhood by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.24 | 1890 ratings

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Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Misplaced Childhood represents a significant moment in my music listening history. At the age of 14-15 I was listening to the vinyls of my elder sister and brother, Dire Straits being my first favourite band. There were a bunch of prog oriented early 80's albums too, by e.g. Asia, Saga, Rush, Yes and Jon Anderson that I found interesting. At the time I didn't yet buy vinyls myself, I used to tape music on cassettes. And then I saw this band on TV, it was some New Year's night concert featuring many artists - I don't remember who the others were. I do remember the line "do you remember" repeated several times, and the singer had some red paint on his face. I purchased Fugazi as my first vinyl and persuaded my friend to get Misplaced Childhood. So begun my most dedicated fandom period of my life, lasting for a couple of years.

Since it feels awkward for me to write a review for such heavily reviewed album, I first thought to write one for the 'Kayleigh' single. I'm getting tired of reviewing singles so much, so here's my very subjective view on this famous Neo Prog milestone. I bought it on CD several years later at the early 90's, but it isn't my favourite of the Fish era, that honour goes to Clutching at Straws. And up to this day my reception of Misplaced Childhood is somewhat ambivalent. Like many other prog listeners, I find it a bit cheesy as a whole, with the super-clean production, sugared synth carpets and sentimental guitar solos.

'Pseudo Silk Kimono' is irritatingly all cheesy synths, but it functions as a conceptual mood-setter, followed seamlessly by the radio-friendly song for lost love, 'Kayleigh' (which I have as a ringtone on my phone nowadays!), which is seamlessly followed by another radio-friendly love song, naively romantic 'Lavender'. What is this? A potpourri of pop songs? Luckily, 'Bitter Suite' and 'Heart of Lothian' are multi-part compositions with various moods. I love the quietest, more mystified parts ("A spider wanders aimlessly...", and later, "It's getting late for scribbling and scratching on the paper...") whereas 'Blue Angel' and 'Wide Boy' sections are really cheesy, especially for the guitar solos. On the next album there's a lot more diversity in guitar and keyboard sounds. Is Misplaced Childhood perhaps over-produced in a way, emphasizing the sentimental concept?

The album is practically two side-long, pauseless entities, and that's definitley one of its strengths. The second part (side of the vinyl) contains the ultimate highlight, but there are also songs that feel like fillers to me. 'Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)', terribly boring. 'Lords of the Backstage' is refreshingly bold and bright. 'Blind Curve' is a magnificent journey into deep, sore emotions, and finally there's new blood on guitar parts too. The melody in 'Mylo' is spellbinding, and the creepily quiet section 'Perimeter Walk' gives goose bimples. Unfortunately the 'Threshold' section returns to the cheesiness and the similarily wailing guitar solo by numbers heard on the first side. 'Childhoods End?' is a fine, sunny and powerful catharsis after all the dark emotions the concept album has gone through. The synth solo at its end sounds very Genesis-like. But for me 'White Feather' is a boring anti-climax.

This is definitely an important album, but the certain weaknesses and the overall cheesiness make me round my 3½ stars downwards. This is not to say I wouldn't understand five-star ratings perfectly well!

 F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.68 | 241 ratings

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by RedKnot

4 stars I find this album took ages to reveal it's secrets; but then Brave did something similar - having been a fan of early Marillion, I just wasn't sure. It ended up as a favourite and whilst FEAR doesn't quite get there yet, I feel it might yet.

The oddest aspect of the record is that it seems to be light on the big, anthemic hooks; and tends to be reflective. Not that it's not dynamic; and there are moments when it all kicks in that it has rather a lot of impact, but for a record with such an aggressive title and concept - that I wholeheartedly approve of - it's more brooding than outright angry and that's unexpected. Marillion can still turn up the heat (Gaza proving it), so it seems surprising to see the Rothery going for a more textural role than an in-your-face one. Mark Kelly is terrific throughout and manages to sound very fresh.

I think a bit more repetition might have made this an easier swallow - there's no choruses, in fact, there are lots of sections. Think the Misplaced Childhood structure without the chordal repetition between parts of side 1 and 2. It's perhaps fairer to think of FEAR as a politically charged Tales from Topographic Oceans. Its a meandering, long-form work created of many sections that work to a common end. The opening, El Dorado is very strong, with a Tull-like intro, segueing through a STCBM style part - The Gold - which culminates in a classic Rothery solo that could have come off of Marbles or Afraid of Sunlight. The rest of the track feels reminiscent of Ocean Cloud, with shorter vignettes making up the rest of the song. Notable is the lovely lyric at the end of Grandchildren of Apes; which is beautiful and optimistic.

White Paper and Living in FEAR are shorter tracks that carry the atmosphere between the three epic tracks. The Leavers has some lovely atmosphere but I tend to lose concentration a little during the song. It meanders a little too much. Some lovely keyboards. In the wake of the whole Brexit thing, it's somewhat switched lyrically - the 'leavers' being seeming more progressive people and the 'remainers' being those who wish to remain as they traditionally did. Nothing to do with Marillion, obviously, but heard post July 2016, it seems a bit skewed!

The New Kings does tend to be the saving grace; with the greater sense of urgency. After the whole 'We are the leavers/remainers' lyrics, one kind of wishes for something other than 'we are the new kings' - that said, it is a hook, I suppose. Small gripe, and not worth too much thought.

The piece has a lot of atmosphere and drama, with the greatest dynamic variation provided in a single epic on this record.

I had hoped for a true classic; and it might win me yet. I think a single LP with El Dorado on one side and The New Kings on the other may have been the album I hoped for. Less might have been more after all. Still, on what is presented here, it's good to see Marillion holding their long-form card aloft again and making purposeful music.

Not the best political LP this winter - that crown goes to Anubis' The Second Hand - but it's a very good record in its own right.

 Out Of The Box by MARILLION album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.14 | 10 ratings

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Out Of The Box
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars I don't know any Progressive Rock bands that have produced about 100th releases in their career. Marillion has done it with all their live releases but excluding the ep, singles, compilations. In this weekend shows, they played the complete "Anoraknophobia" in the disk 1 with some classics. It's a bit of a surprise to choose this one because it is not a "classic" album. There are some excellent songs like "Quartz", "This is the 21st Century" and "If My Heart were a Ball it Would roll..." But there is no better song than one of their most progressive rock and titled-track "This Strange Engine". The music of Marillion became more accessible with the departure of Fish and the songs have often the same progressions starting as a ballad to switch into a full rock mode in the second part, with a beautiful guitar solo from Steve Rothery. The songs in the Hogarth era will never have the same impact as the ones of the first periods, but the band still manage to put some quality music. The second disk is the main event not only because they played the complete and stronger album "Marbles", but because of the stunning visuals with projections, lasers, and light show. We have some great songs here like "Invisible Man", and "Oceans Cloud". The third disk is a set-list of many singles including 40 minutes of the Fish period. So, no surprise and no epics songs. Those songs were played in chronological order and it's a couple of songs from the "Brave" album that sound to me as good as the singles from the Fish era. So this is another triple set of good quality from the band, and if some of past Marillion videos requires only limited viewing, I will put this one a lot more in my player.
 F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.68 | 241 ratings

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars For their eighteenth studio album the original Neo-Progressive patriarchs followed an old-school musical tradition of putting social issues center stage, but without the oblique camouflage of "Close to the Edge" or "Selling England by the Pound" (two of the better-known '70s archetypes).

Marillion has always been more direct and unflinching in its encounters with Everyday Life (see: "Clutching at Straws", one of the higher-ranked albums in these Archives), and never more so than in this 67-minute criticism of The State of Things today. In classic Prog fashion the album opens quietly, with a gentle prologue invoking the poet William Blake ("the enchanted English walled garden", so forth). But the Dark Satanic Mills now threatening Blake's Anglo-Eden are geo-political, multi-corporate, and driven by insatiable, selfish policies of profit and greed.

This is one of those wordy albums that requires your undivided attention; otherwise it's a long haul across a very deep, evenly-graded rut. Not unlike a lot of Neo-Prog it draws musical and thematic inspiration from post-"Animals" PINK FLOYD, with far more unity of purpose than the Roger Waters-led group, but also with the same maudlin chords, the same sleepwalking tempos, and a similar, strident preoccupation with lyrical content over actual songwriting.

You might think all the moral outrage expressed in the text would extend to some equally indignant music. But this is the plushest hour of agit-prop you'll likely ever hear, full of the band's trademark soaring guitars and orchestral synths, arranged with little variation in tone or texture. The album was divided into three long suites, taking immediate aim at our reigning global oligarchy in the 17-minute mini-epic "El Dorado", rising to a climax of genuine strength and emotion in what has to be the highlight of the entire project.

The transitional anthem "Living in FEAR" is equally passionate. "What a waste of time", sings frontman Steve Hogarth, compiling a list of follies in a long history of misguided nationalism: the Great Wall of China; the Maginot Line; the Berlin Wall. It's too bad he didn't think to include the virtual wall of Ronald Reagan's SDI pipe dream. Or the Mexican border wall proposed by the newly inaugurated ersatz American president. Or even "The Wall" itself, erected and maintained by the band's role model Roger Waters: a real waste of time, for discriminating Progheads.

And then there's the odd subplot celebrating the transient lifestyle of the modern rock musician ("The Leavers"): the closest thing we have to a romantic gypsy subculture in a homogenized society and, according to Marillion, the best alternative to the grinding erosion of idealism around the world. It may be a wrongheaded misreading on my part, but I detect a whiff of elitism at odds with Progressive Rock's more egalitarian impulses: a sense that we schmucks can only hope to bask in their reflected glory during a concert event before regressing back to our humdrum lives.

The album never quite recovers from that misstep, and plods along under the burden of its convictions for another 45-minutes toward an unresolved ending, literally on a note of music hanging unfinished in mid-air, as if begging for a sequel. If true, let's hope the band rediscovers the collective fire that continues to motivate their better efforts. Or, failing that, at least remembers the immortal words falsely attributed to movie mogul Sam Goldwyn: "If you want to send a message, call Western Union."

 Brave - The Film by MARILLION album cover DVD/Video, 2004
2.75 | 46 ratings

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Brave - The Film
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars My two-star rating is in line with two preceding collab reviews. When it comes to the live material, I strongly prefer to have a DVD, ie. the live albums have always been of minor importance to me. But I also enjoy having non-live music DVD's that concentrate on the video stuff. However, this attempt at a coherent film approach on MARILLION's excellent concept album Brave (1994) is a notable disappointment. In advance I had three extracts of it on the EMI Singles Collection DVD, and I had no serious reason to think the whole movie wouldn't offer me an interesting, or maybe even - at least to some degree - impressive viewing experience. Now having seen the film just once, I bet it'll take a loooong time before I have any interest to return to it.

Easy Livin hits the nail by saying "Whether or not the film adds anything to the music is questionable". Opposite to him, I do appreciate the album quite a lot. At least I used to. Frankly I haven't listened to it that much in the last ten years. With this background, I lit several candles and prepared to return to my old favourite with the additional visual level. So wrong, so wrong. Instead I should have listened to the CD and let my inner visions pass by in the candle-lit room. (The story itself isn't that complicated that anyone couldn't form his/her own images.) First, I was painfully aware how this film is inferior sonically, compared to the original album. Second, the artistic level of the visual story-telling was pretty poor.

The DVD's back cover says "Brave - The Movie is a fifty-minute concept film directed by cult movie director Richard Stanley. It is Stanley's stark vision of a young life in the 90's inspired by Marillion's album of the same name, which centres around a teenage girl who is found wandering in a state of amnesia on the Severn Bridge, and her consequent search for her past." With such bold words, it's strange that not even the extras lay any light on Stanley. (His filmography includes music videos and horror films, nothing very well-known, I guess.) Seemingly he was just as uninspired as the band in making the film. The main chatracter is fairly well played by Josie Ayers, and it's really her dedicated presence that brings any life to the film.

The clumsy cut-and-paste sections that feature Marillion are luckily brief. At times the black & white cinematography looks good with all the symbolic elements (e.g. 'Hollow Man'), but most of the time the semi-coloured film looks rather dated and over- depressing. Here and there we hear the calm voice of the doctor who encourages the girl to remember what has happened. Even that totally unnecessary feature makes the film inferior to the album. Actually it was more interesting to see the band members chatting -- and in the end, jamming together -- in the 30-minute "Making of" documentary which isn't very suitable for repeated viewings either.

 F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2016
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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars A new renaissance for Marillion!

My relationship with Marillion has been an idle one for quite a few years now. I'm a big fan of the classic Fish era material and do enjoy the early Hogharth era releases up until Afraid Of Sunlight, yes that includes the somewhat controversial Holidays In Eden. After 1995 the band continued their cycle of album releases which to me sounded pretty bland and unfocused. The band did manage to get praise for the 2004 release Marbles but I'm still not entirely sure why it's such a popular release. Maybe it has to do with the band finally getting their first cohesive release in years? After two more releases Marillion finally hit rock bottom with the release of Less Is More, a studio album which consisted of new acoustic arrangements of some previously released tracks. To me it sounded like the band was no longer even trying to make any new creative choices and instead were just pandering to their existing fanbase.

Then something happened with the release of Sounds That Can't Be Made, which partly could be attributed to Steve Hogharth's strong lyrics that moved away from his otherwise very personal reflections and became more concerned with the world of today. I remember hearing Power for the first time at a concert and taken by the delivery and message of the new material. After listening to the entire Sounds That Can't Be Made I was definitely impressed by many of the compositions but there were still a few lesser tracks that dragged the overall experience for me.

Four years passed and a new Marillion album was beginning to make headlines. At first I was only barely enthusiastic about the news, writing off Sounds That Can't Be Made as a minor spark in the band's catalog and assuming that they'll get back to business as usual on F E A R... how wrong it was of me to assume this! After hearing the EP The New Kings, which predated the release by a few month, my mind definitely began to change since what I was hearing on this four part suite was a more aggressive and revitalized band. Musically the material is fueled by genius keyboard arrangements by Mark Kelly, which don't distract from the overall flow of the music while creating just enough groove for the other band members to contribute to. Steve Rothery performs some of his most memorable guitar work in years, which could be attributed to the new energy that he's received by working on his solo work with the Steve Rothery band. Ultimately it's Steve Hogharth's lyrics and vocal performance that completes the material and makes it some of the most memorable work from Marillion in decades!

The album consists of merely six compositions, three of which take up more than 75 % of the album time and thus are the backbone of this marvelous album. Of the three I probably enjoy El Dorado and The New Kings the most but The Leavers is not far behind the other two. These three compositions have an overall theme that reflects upon the current state of affairs in the world and taps in the dark side of the politics and world economy. The three remaining shorter songs are by no means lesser than the rest and manage to complete the transitions between the multi suite tracks. Living In F E A R is probably my least favorite composition on the album but it's mostly due to it's last 2 minutes which, in my opinion, could have been omitted from the track. White Paper is my favorite of the "shorter" tracks due to it's sleek progression, which almost makes it a multi suite in a mini format, and the strong melodic hooks in the vocal delivery. Tomorrow's New Country finishes off the album with an epilogue and makes me wonder whether this is the new direction that Marillion is planning to expand on in the future? I guess only time will tell.

To me F E A R is the best Marillion album since the 1987 release of Clutching At Straws but the journey here was long and quite a bumpy one. Please give this album at least three spins before making your judgment. For me it took more than 10 repeated listens for the tracks to settle into what I now consider an excellent release from one of the under-appreciated band's of modern progressive rock.

***** star songs: F E A R (4:07) The Grandchildren Of Apes (2:35) Vapour Trails In The Sky (4:49) White Paper (7:18) Fuck Everyone And Run (4:22) Russia's Locked Doors (6:24) Why Is Nothing Ever True? (3:24)

**** star songs: Long-Shadowed Sun (1:26) The Gold (6:13) Demolished Lives (2:23) Living In F E A R (6:25) Wake Up In Music (4:27) The Remainers (1:34) The Jumble Of Days (4:20) One Tonight (3:56) A Scary Sky (2:33) Tomorrow's New Country (1:47)

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