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5 stars Marillion - Script For a Jester's Tear (9/10)

So this is the album wich will kill my "empty paper" syndrome since it's my first review. Of course, it's a quite an emblematic album for me, my introduction to the prog world. In fact the introduction itself was with Genesis "Selling England by the Pound" but this was the firt proggish album that really blew me off in a time that i was restricted to a "metalhead".

About the technical aspects of the music here i believe that with more than 1000 reviews there is'nt much i can add so i'll stay focused in my personal impressions. First of all there's a theatrical impact since the first lines wich blend perfectly with the cover. It's all about hopelesness, loneliness and a lot (i mean a LOT) of romantism, sometimes really powerful, others quite naive, but in general it works and even if you aren't "touched" by its mellow . The second aspect is the teamwork, altought the keyboards here keep the main lines there's space for everyone to show their skills, like Pete Trewavas bass in the web or Rothery's gilmorish solo in Chealsea Monday, the tight drums of Mick Pointer in Forgotten Sons.

Finally there's Fish vocals wich are truly "love or hate" kind. It's hard to stay in between with his Peter Gabriel-like voice, but hes far from a simple clone, since it's quite passionate, something like the timbre of Gabriel but emotionally close to Hamill (the closing section of the title song really brings the tragic style from Hamill to my mind. In general terms it's a 5 star album for it's historical value (well it's the starting point for a new genre in prog), but it's quite excessive so a 4.5 stars for this groundbreaking masterpiece.

PostIndian | 5/5 |


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