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5 stars If you only hear one of the so-called "neo-prog" albums this is the one you must hear. And, as a prog fan, you need to hear at least one and probably more.

It is a concept album. It is melodic. It has odd times. It has lots of keyboards. It has amazing lyrics. It has odd times. It has major chords and minor chords. The playing is fantastic.

And it had hits--the only reason that I think a lot of so-called "prog" folks look down on this album.

Bollocks. Listen to this one. Melody, lyrics, and musicianship all come together to give a listening experience that draws you in with one listen and keeps you listening for many, many years. That is a rare combination for a progressive band.

Just to get this off of my chest--by this album the "Genesis clone" thing is complete garbage. Fish has a vocal style much more in the vein of Peter Hammill than Peter Gabriel. The rest really doesn't resemble any period of Genesis at all unless you can't play a song in 13/8 without calling it a Genesis copy.

Absolutely essential for any progressive rock fan to hear. There are some very simple pop songs here (Kayleigh), an old nursery rhyme (Lavender), some mid-temp prog early power ballads (Heart Of Lothian), and straight up prog (Blind Curve). This is the perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts--listen top to bottom and (even if you cannot admit it) you will enjoy this disc.

Marillion hit gold here both with sales and artistic integrity. Check it out.

farmboy | 5/5 |


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