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Marillion - F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) CD (album) cover





3.65 | 351 ratings

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3 stars Is it sacrilege to prod prog icons with a quizzical stick? Given the sheer quantity and quality of their output over the years - (Fish? Hogarth? Still? After all this time? Who really cares any more?) - it goes without saying that Marillion are tantamount to untouchable. They have given me countless hours of great listening pleasure. But, on the evidence of FEAR, it seems they may now be running on empty. I wasn't over-struck by "Sounds that can't be made" but at least it contained some grand epics that kept it afloat. FEAR takes us a step backward, and downwards. It's just a listless, plaintive elegy for The Unfairness of It All, tapping into the rich nostalgia seam already comprehensively mined by Big Big Train (another band going off the boil, by the way) but comes up with nothing new. I read the eulogies from all and sundry and must bow to other people's judgement, but I have to say that very little in FEAR made me pause, heartfelt lyrics included. I waited for the key moments, but, El Dorado II aside, I waited in vain. Not a record to listen to in future, I'm afraid. Three stars is being over-generous, but I'm a generous soul.
tbstars1 | 3/5 |


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