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SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.22 | 1390 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars While not quite the masterpiece many claim it to be, "Script" is still a solid album-- but really only when one considers that: this is the first piece of "progressive" music to come around for a while, and that it is from a band which is very much in its infancy. When compared to the band's later, Fish-era albums, "Script" can be seen for what it really is: experimentation, and an attempt to discover a unique sound.

That being said, it is still a great example of the times and of "neo-prog". Fish's vocals are reminiscent of Gabriel's, but lack control; fortunately, he is a passionate and emotive singer, and even though he sometimes sounds a little goofy, it doesn't detract from the music. The rest of the band itself plays well given their burgeoning style, but aren't as cohesive as they will be on later albums. Along with the dramatic title track, "Garden Party" stands out as the most interesting tune.

Marillion's early, melodramatic, and emotional album isn't perfect, but its probably the most accessible and enjoyable of the progressive revival.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |

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