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3.98 | 1338 ratings

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4 stars This one seems to get the short end of the stick, but it's my favorite from the band. Somewhat similar in scope as the first album. A bit heavier, some more meat lyrically but still retaining the trademark whimsical sound. Fish's voice is all over the place. He warbles, shrieks and pretty much bellows like a small child but for me it works on almost all the tracks, especially "Punch and Judy" with it's "Garden Party"-like psuedo Renaissance-style theatrics. "Assassing" drives straight to the gut with a steady beat and Fish's angry lyrics, bombastic keys really highlight this track. "Jigsaw" for me is the only dud, slow and meandering, it slows the album down to a crawl. The rest of the album is just fantastic with great keyboard runs for Kelly, excellent riffs by Rothery and awesome lyrics sung with major feeling, (especially "She Chameleon") by the one and only Fish. The album ends with a classic marching prog anthem, "Fugazi". A perfect neo-prog song if there ever was one. I believe things went downhill after this one, (of course, I'm not in the majority with that opinion). In my top 10 Neo albums of all time. 4.5 stars, just never felt their albums were 5 star material, but this one is oh so close.
NJprogfan | 4/5 |


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