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4.24 | 1999 ratings

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4 stars The third Marillion studio release. Could it match the first two for musical brilliance?

Starts of very dramatically with "Pseudo Silk Kimono" and then leads into the pleasantly poppy "Kayleigh" which is probably Marillion's most recognisable track relating to the general public out there.

"Lavender" is a beautiful short track still in the "pop" vein but melodically brilliant. A child's nursery rhyme put to music.

"Bitter Suite" - starts off ominously leading into spoken lyrics by Fish before the main body of the tracks steps in. I love how the strains of "Lavender" are repeated in this track bringing in a coherence and continuity to the work. This is a giant of a track, very very emotive. Marillion have matured musically and that is very apparant throughout this work.

"Heart of Lothian" - Upbeat track to start that counterpoints the previous track in mood. "And the man in the mirror has sad eyes".

"Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)" - Faster, almost heavy rock short track.

"Lords of the Backstage" - The album continues in a faster tempo vein.

"Blind Curve" - The mood of the album changes once again with this slower track - back into the melancholy. This is beautiful stuff. Rothery's lead soars, punctuating the mood set by Fish. The track flows through different moods. Just over halfway in it becomes ominous (like thunderclouds appearing on the horison) before heading into a musical jam which ends the track in an upbeat fashion with some Fish vocal histrionics and a return to one of the flowing themes.

"Childhoods End?" - Perfectly counterpoints the previous track. The musical sun peaks through the thunderheads above.

"White Feather" - An ending to a very good concept album.

Marillion have matured musically and this album is a work of art however it doesn't grab me by my cheeks and shake my head vigorously as did the first two Marillion albums. I acknowledge the artistic merit here however and I do like the album and accordingly I rate this with 4 stars.

sukmytoe | 4/5 |


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