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3.97 | 1001 ratings

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2 stars More of an exercise in hypnosis than an album. Possibly the most boring, unrewarding, tiresome album ever to be called a classic.

Once the closest thing to the "bad-boys" of prog, I always greatly appreciated Fish-era Marillion for their brutal portrayal of indulgences, unashamed poetry, and hugely colorful neo-prog sound. All that is gone with this album.

This is album is the auditory equivalent of being chloroformed. Instead of the Fish-era edginess, we get dialed back new-age music that tries to be mature or adult, but falls flat due to H's mediocre lyrics. You will actually have to twist your stereo's volume knob to the maximum just to hear most this album, only to have to race over and turn it down when the band actually plays a loud part. And these "loud" parts are not any less boring, because the band refuses to play anything above 60 beats per minute here and can't seem to write a hook to save their lives.

While early Marillion was classified by awesome new-age production, a crazy assortment of synthesizers, punchy bass and live-sounding drums, this album is classified by lacking all of those elements. The music here simply never does anything interesting. Slow, monotonous, washed out, quiet, while never actually being actively terrible. In fact, the only thing saving from a one-star review is that its to boring to even offend me. Just completely unstimulating.

Too slow and quiet to rock, too devoid of hooks to be memorable, too long to endure. The music here is not the least bit progressive or fun. At best it might make background music, if you can actually hear the blasted thing, quiet as it is. Not recommended for anything other than a sleeping aid.

However, if you're the kind of person who enjoys overlong, melancholy, unvarying drones of pure drabness (see: Night by GAZPACHO), you'll love this one!


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