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BRAVE

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.98 | 728 ratings

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2 stars Severnth sojourn

Often cited by fans as post Fish era Marillion's finest hour (and a bit), this concept album certainly finds the band in a confident, if somewhat depressive mood.

This is not an easy album to get into. Unlike most of their albums, there's nothing which is instantly accessible. The pace of the album rarely changes although the 5 part "Goodbye to all that" does manage to get going now and then, and "Paper lies", the eighth track, finally finds the band waking up, even if it is all too briefly.

The closest the band comes to obvious accessibility is on the delicate "Hollow man", which became an inappropriate (for Marillion) single.

I do enjoy the music of Marillion immensely, but with "Brave", I really can't see what all the fuss is about. It's a doomy, depressing work about a young girl who commits suicide (or does she?), by jumping off the Severn bridge (which links Wales with England).

The album is similar in many ways to Pink Floyd's "The final cut". There are far better Marillion releases than this.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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