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5 stars It is commonly observed that Fugazi is the low point of Marillion's Fish-era, and I find it essential to express my different feelings about this gem.

First of all, among the four Fish-era albums, Fugazi is without a doubt the album which takes the longest to grow before its full appreciation comes within reach. Its music is harder than Script, darker than Misplaced, and less atmospheric than Clutching. There was a time where I also felt it was a notch below these three other masterpieces. Once matured though, I now see Fugazi as an integral and indivisible part of the whole Marillion gloomy poetic magic during its early days with Fish.

Fugazi features no catchy melodies, save perhaps the very finale. It although features perhaps one of the best guitar solos in music history (on the sixth track 'Incubus') as well as perhaps the deepest and best lyrics of Fish, who already is arguably one of the best lyricists that music has ever offered.

Fugazi is a process of discovery. Each listening uncovers previously hidden layers of music and new angles under which each song can be regarded. As a previous reviewer said, the album's complexity lies not in numbers. It rather lies in the intricate compositions, which may appear either elementary or unsolvable at first glance, but whose solutions gradually appear and make grandiose sense as time and patience goes by. The transitions between the various movements within the songs, such as in Emerald Lies or Incubus, are simply mesmerizing.

Alas, unlike the other three albums, Fugazi starts with its weakest part. Assassing has a great opening but then turns into a bit repetitive structure and overdone vocals. But nevermind, it's just an entrée, as what follows is quite a feast of pure originality and moving (depressing) tunes.

A masterpiece that will one day have its rightful place in the history books.

SentimentalMercenary | 5/5 |


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