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1 stars So what's the big deal?

"Brave" was my first foray into the Hogarth-era of Marillion. Bear in mind I am a huge fan of the Fish-era Marillion. So much so that I intentionally avoided listening to any "H" Marillion for a long time. So today I decided to change that line of thought.

What better place to start than the "H" Marillion album which is most highly-rated at

It takes the album a while to 'get going' so to speak. And once it gets going it doesn't really go anywhere. I won't provide a track- by-track analysis because that is not necessary.

Hogarth is undoubtedly a more talented vocalist than Fish - but for some reason I find his vocals to lack the purity and passion of Fish. This was not the most disturbing element of "Brave", however.

From a purely instrumental angle, I do not see how this album can be considered prog. There are some moments of pure cheese ("Hard As Love", "The Lap of Luxury") which honestly approach the frightening doldrums of arena rock (Night Ranger and Journey come to mind).

Based on what I have heard on "Brave", someone such as myself, who cut his teeth on Fish-era Marillion, has no business listening to "H"-era Marillion.

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