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FUGAZI

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

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Dark Nazgul
3 stars Incubus. Have you played this scene before?

With the second album, Marillon only partially confirm the expectations after the successful debut. Enthusiasm and spontaneity (sometimes even naive) so evident in the first album, and that was the strength of the band, disappears completely here. In fact, "Fugazi" is an album built with much more awareness, definitely more refined in production, but also tedious and even at times almost unbearable.

However ... it is essential! It is not a contradiction, since the album contains a song that is an immortal masterpiece.

The album is mediocre until the last two tracks. Punch And Judy and Jigsaw are decent songs, with Fish and Rothery at the height of their fame. Punch And Judy in particular is short and incisive, with a catchy riff. Jigsaw has a beautiful melody and a beautiful guitar solo in the middle, but the keyboards are really childish. The rest is completely forgettable. Assassing, a song submerged under a sea of useless keyboards, greatly disappoints when compared with the classics of the first album, and so Emerald Lies and She Chameleon that are even a little boring.

The last two songs, finally, add quality to the album. Incubus, in my opinion the absolute masterpiece of Marillion, is a complex song in witch dynamics are always different, divided into five sections masterfully connected, and is mainly characterized by the extraordinary performance of the singer; the guitar solo performed by Rothery in this song is one of the nicest I've ever heard. Without doubt, Incubus is a song that all fans of progressive rock should listen. Fugazi, the dramatic and aggressive closing track, ends the album in a convincing way, with Fish played a leading role.

Overall Rating: 6 / 10 ... and only three stars, but strongly recommended for the presence of Incubus.

Best song: Incubus

Dark Nazgul | 3/5 |

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