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4 stars Marillion's third studio effort that again meets the high expectations set from the first two releases.

Many consider Misplaced Childhood as Marillion's best studio effort and whilst it is of a very high standard it is really a vehicle for Fish to explore his Misplaced Childhood concept. The lyrics are great but as a very wordy album there are few extended instrumental breaks (or Fish sings over the top) and compared to Script and Fugazi most of the songs on Misplaced Childhood fit into a more conventional song structure.

Each of the songs merge into each other and the intensity of the CD builds with each song. The album starts with the slow Pseudo Silk Kimono followed by the commercially successful Kayleigh and Lavender. After these tracks, the album moves to a different level but it is really Fish's lyrics that do it, building to the climax of "Blind Curve". Fish creates intense and sometimes shocking imagery "I see children with vacant stares/Destined for rape in the alleyways" . Powerful stuff. But where Fish could have left this on a very dark note he finishes with "Childhoods End?" and "White Feather" which gives a positive outlook to the future.

Although musically not as adventurous as Script or Fugazi (although Rothery's guitar work is superb), this would be an excellent addition to any prog collection. Music 4 stars. Lyrics 5 stars. Overall 4.4 stars

KeepItDark | 4/5 |


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