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3.45 | 189 ratings

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4 stars Aaah, Grendel.

Yes, the main reason I wanted this album was in fact, to listen to Grendel as much as I wanted to (with the legendary abundant drum fills of Mr. Pointer). I read somewhere some impolite reviews about the song, and all I can say is I don't know what they mean. Grendel is not a reminisce of Supper's Ready, far from it, so don't diss it! Despite the fact that Grendel is simpler and therefore easier to like, this song has such strong Camel/ Novalis/ early The Cure melodies, the 17 minutes flies without noticing. A definite classic in intensity and human message.

Okay, I find the rest from the range of good to average, with Three Boats down from the candy in mind as a good one. For the rest, we tend to swim in more commercial waters. One of the reasons that the North American single market is so low is perhaps because with singles, the material tends to be so poor compared to the original LP, and North Americans are not that the collector type? I am certainly not!

Thank heavens for Grendel, a song that shows that Marillion in it's early form was talking mean buisness. Watch the Recital of the Script version on DVD, Fish is giving one heck of a show I can tell ya!

We love you Fish, don't ever forget it.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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