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4 stars The second Marillion album Fugazi represents a significant step forward from "A Script for a Jester's Tears" and shows that Marillion are not just "Genesis-wannabes" but have their own style.

Fugazi has a heavier sound compared to Script, and Ian Mosley's drumming is much stronger than Mick Pointer, who was sacked (or as Fish puts it - a victim of "Assassing") . The contrast in the drumming is similar to the difference that Phil Collins made to Genesis.

The Remastered CD includes a written narrative by Fish that also place the lyrics in context, and particularly helpful for She Chameleon which is a song about groupies.

The weakest song is "Punch and Judy", a forced attempt at a single that doesn't quite work. The last three tracks are particularly strong - She Chameleon (6:53) Incubus (8:30) and Fugazi (8:13) are amongst the best Marillion have done.

The ending part of Fugazi is particularly dynamic and demands to be repeated (like the closing section of the Musical Box by Genesis).

An essential addition to any prog music collection 4.4 stars

KeepItDark | 4/5 |


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