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FUGAZI

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.95 | 862 ratings

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obiter
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4 stars What is there left to say about this great album?

Fish's lyrics are simply superb. His phrasing and vocal style are unique. If Script is the prog jewel, then this is at least a Marillion masterpiece. The Jester lies semi-naked, half-cut and exposed on the cover artwork. Is he in the incubus? A magpie and chameleon rest on the sofa.

Assassing is a tremendous punchy track. The Genesis gybes which followed Grendel are erased. This is a confident band carving a different if related path. Punch and Judy showcases Fish's stark and perceptive lyrics as he exposes the underbelly of a stagnating relationship.

Fugazi is another classic. Again Fish has faces the downward spiral of western lifestyle head on. This is a Cold War track and may seem out of place or exaggerated to the modern listener. while it's good it does not have the same resonance or power as Forgotten Sons from Script (like Johnny Was by Bob Marley although that one reached its heights when performed by Stiff Little Fingers).

Maybe that's a clue to the album. It's very good but not quite reaching the heights of Script.

obiter | 4/5 |

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