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4.16 | 1267 ratings

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4 stars The last Fish-era Marillion album is a strange end point as in many respects it represents a clear creative development from Misplaced Childhood and their earlier records - there is no sense here of a band running out of ideas. On the contrary, in the story of a rock star finding emotional emptiness in commercial success there are some neo-prog brilliant songs - notably That Time of the Night, Going Under, Just for the Record and, in particular, White Russian, arguably Marillion's most accomplished song.

The final third of the album (from Torch Song on) is perhaps less effective than the earlier parts, with the lyrics sliding dangerously towards self-pity at points, and the album is undoubtedly less cohesive than its predecessor. But this is still one of the very best neo-prog records.

The great sadness of this album is that one feels this line-up of musicians still has so much more great music to produce, if only they had given themselves a chance; but if there's a consolation it's that Fish-era Marillion never produced a bad album.

jmeadow | 4/5 |


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