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4 stars To me this is an absolutely amazing album, but certainly not without it's faults. Fish's voice is truly refreshing after listening to so many bands who don't put enough stress on the vocals. The rest of the musicians seem to be there primarily to provide a backdrop to the vocals and lyrics, although the guitars and keys have there oportunities to unleash awesome solos from time to time.

The album starts very very quietly, as we are introduced to Marillion's music, in a truly dramatic fashion. Fish really soars here, alternating between the grand and the subtle. The title track really sets the tone for this album, with it's melancholic lyrics, beauty- laden melodies and a truly spine-tingling atmosphere.

'He Knows You know' is a more hard-hitting song, verging on hard rock. This one is full of hooks and it's obvious why it was chosen as a single (though you wouldn't guess it by the lyrics). 'The Web' is very good, but pales in comparison to such amazing company, such as the next track, 'Garden Party'. This song is truly glorious and almost makes one feel that one is at said party. I recomend you check out the video for this song as well, as it is very entertaining.

'Chelsea Monday' is a heart-wrenching ballad similar in nature to the title track but not as memorable. It's the grand finale where Marillion really pull everything together in the album's most epic track (although not the longest). We are treated to a whole new take on the vocals, which when layered in the way they are, they sound even more effective, especially in the haunting prayer section.

This is a very emotional album, and my first listen to this album gave the hairs on the back of my neck more exercise than they've had for years. Sometimes though, it can get a bit over the top, and when one is not in the mood, it can be particularly tedious. That said I love this album, and listen to it a LOT. 4 stars.

burtonrulez | 4/5 |


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