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3 stars People say this is Marillion's masterpiece. I wouldn't say that it's a bad album but i feel it is quite inferior to Fugazi and the Script. The main problem here is the excess of short songs. I'm not one of those who thinks that having long songs makes an album better (or worst fot that matter) so i'll explain my previous statement: I think that the two previous albums, despite not having really long songs (the only really long Marillion song I know of is the unreleased Grendel), have pieces with enough length to develop very interesting musical ideas. And that is not the case in Misplaced Childhood (with some exceptions of course, like "Heart Of Lothian", a very interesting song IMO).

Another flaw of this album (and, again, this could by some be considered a positive quality) is the presence of songs that clearly were composed to appeal to other publics but don't really fit in a prog album. I'm talking about Kayleigh and Lavender of course. Both songs are catchy and interesting in the beginning but that initial quality seems to fade after a few listens. But I'm not really criticising their inclusion, since they helped Marillion to get to a wider public....

To end this review I would like just to add that I really love how the album begins (I'm talking about "Pseudo Silk Kimono"). I still don't know why, but all times that I play Misplaced Childhood, it really seems to me a very good start (very Fish-Marillion-Like also)....

And so it's 3 stars. Add an extra one if you're a Marillion fan, particularly if you're a fan from this era of the band.

Floyd1990 | 3/5 |


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