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3.66 | 113 ratings

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3 stars I remember when Marillion were at their beginnings, neo-prog wasn't a genre and all the guys I knew were calling them a Genesis clone. That's why I've been shocked when I first listened to what appeared to me as a Marillion clone.

After more spins to this album one thing is clear: if you are looking for neo-prog this is your band. They sound very close to Marillion of the Fish era. The differences are mainly in the voice that's high-pitched and can remind more to Eloy (but without that strong German accent) and sometimes to Jon Anderson. The guitar, too, is not the same as Steve Rothery. What makes them so familiar is the keyboard sound that seems they have taken directly from Fugazi.

What's the good with them? Respect to the early Marillion, they have probably better melodies. And even with the sound similarities, they don't copy.

It's neo-prog, so finding reminds to other bands is not unusual. "No Place for Flowers" for example reminds to Yes in the first 2 minutes, after then keyboard and voice may be replaced by Kelly and Fish.

A good album, and a good band, for all the fans of neo-prog, with their roots in the 80s instead of the 70s.

Not essential, but this is my opinion about most of the neo-prog productions. If you like Script and Fugazi this album is for you.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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