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5 stars Script For A Jester's Tear

The absolute peak of 1980's Neo-prog. This album channels the beauty and instrumentation of Genesis (arguably their greatest influence), with the dark solos and atmosphere a Pink Floyd album might summon.

The songs are progressive, and lean towards the dark. They can be extremely pretty, and quite emotional. Fish is an amazing vocalist, and the band is in top form. The title track starts out somewhat like SEBTP did. Actually, I feel this is a darker version of that seminal album. Everything is evocative, and captivates beautifully. He Knows is the next track, and is quite haunting. Fish shines here. Lyrically, this album is amazing, and never ceases to astound. The Web and it's hypnotic orchestration. Featuring some very full sound. Garden Party tips the dark scales a bit, while retaining beauty. And Chelsea Monday is melancholic in its fascinating delivery.

You end off with Forgotten Sons, which is quite possibly the most powerful song on the album. Featuring blistering solos after a shocking mock prayer, screaming AMEN! With biting and angry lyrics. And the end which is glorious. I highly recommend this album to any progressive fan. It is hindered slightly by mediocre drumming, but still I feel it is deserving of Five Stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |


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