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4 stars Fugazi contains some of Marillion's best songs, but it also contains one or two weaker moments, so that I find this album less successful as a whole than the other Fish-era Marillion releases.

Fugazi offers a clear sonic development from Script for a Jester's Tear; musically it is more, well, proggy, with greater use of melodic synths than the first album. Like the first album, the music is once again effectively combined with Fish's dramatic, often emotional vocals.

Fugazi opens with two classic Marillion songs, Assassing, and Punch and Judy, that were sufficiently accessible to cross over to achieve mainstream chart success. Fugazi also contains one of Marillion's most brilliant songs: the emotional epic Incubus. While the other tracks all have their moments, none seems quite fully realised and at times Fish's lyrics seem needlessly over-elaborate. The title track has truly brilliant moments, but the ending doesn't seem to quite convince.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent album that shows Marillion seeking to develop their sound rather than simply repeat the success of their debut.

jmeadow | 4/5 |


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