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SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.22 | 1387 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear (1983)

Who said prog was emotionless?

This record has become a standard for the progressive scene. To some it is a representation for the comeback of the seventies mindset and a beginning for the neo- progressive genre. Marillion's sound was the product of the eighties studio rock sound and the seventies symphonic echoes played with modern keyboards/synthesizers and the recognizable ugly eighties drums. The vocals remind us of the dedicated theatrics of Gabriel, but lead-singer Fish gave theatrical vocals a totally new dimension. This new dimension would be essential for further development of the progressive genre, since it replaced some of the technical aspects of the music. There are no highly sophisticated parts or noodlings (as some might say) on this album, it's very functional and dry. The guitar-solo's of Rothery are good, but again very functional. Some rhythmic findings stand out as a very important contribution to the end-result of the music.

The albums itself offers six emotionally moving songs with a strong link to political and social situations. The title track is an epic type song with a strong emotional feel and great vocals. He Knows you know leans strongly on the atmospheres of the eighties symphonic sound. Other standout's are Garden Party with it's subtle vocals and Forgotten Sons with its great political involvement.

Conclusion. The sound of this record is not as attractive and dynamic as it's main influential seventies symphonic groups, but the new dimension of the important and dominant theatric vocals of Fish is a great finding. Furthermore Marillion founded a new base for further neo- progressive bands to develop in this specific decade and also the nineties renaissance of progressive music. This effect is actually a greater achievement then the album itself, though it stands out as a touching affair. Four stars! I do recommend to buy the live dvd from this album if you like this album. It shows the band playing very well and it makes it's musical vision much less abstract.

friso | 4/5 |

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