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BRAVE

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.98 | 722 ratings

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The Crow
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5 stars I think itīs simply one of the best english prog albums released in the 90īs, and of course one of the best Marillionīs efforths...

I believe that Brave was an album that had a lot of influence en the 90īs beginnings. In my opinion, a lot of english bands was influenced by this work, like Blur (they entitled one of their works "The Last Escape", just like one of the best Braveīs songs...), Oasis and Radiohead, of course. Hearing some Radioheadīs passages, Brave comes to my mind. And I like it a lot, because in the 90īs most of the prog bands from the 70īs and 80īs had lost a lot of their popularity and their quality. But Marillion they were still releasing very good and influential material, like this magnificent album or the later Afraid Of Sunlight, the best Marillionīs album in my humble opinion.

Brave is a conceptual album with a little confusing story, but with great lyrics made between Steve Hogarth and John Helmer. The music itīs just incredible: very well produced by Dave Meegan, very well executed (with a lot of overdubs and an impressive instrumental developement...) and with a really strong songwriting. Here we can hear totally progressive passages (Goodbye to All That, The Great Escape, Brave...), the usual Marillion pop oriented catchy songs (Runaway, Alone Again In the Lap of Luxury, Made Again...), and the typical hard-rocking Marillionīs songs (Living With The Big Lie, Hard As Love, Paper Lies...)... This is a very variated album, with a lot of details and sound effects, that grows in every listening on you... Because every time you hear it, you will find new things, new sounds...

The albumīs mood itīs also very changing. Maybe the predominat feeling itīs of melancholy, even sad sometimes (Bridge, Runaway, The Hollow Man...). But thereīs also a lot of positive feeling here, with beautiful and romantic lyrics (Made Again, Fallen From The Moon, Alone Again...). And some moments with a lot of epic and strong feeling too (some passages of Goodbye to All that, Hard As Love...) Just like a really good conceptual album!!!

Absolutely recommended for every prog lover (of course, not for metal heads...) and for all these people who says that Marillion died the day when Fish left the band...

ESSENTIAL MASTERPIECE FOR UNDERSTAND THE 90īs PROG ROCK!!!

The Crow | 5/5 |

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