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MISPLACED CHILDHOOD

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.25 | 1520 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars Now in the mid 80's and with the Neo-prog genre well established, Marillion releases their third effort in the epic concept album Misplaced Childhood. The overall sound from their great debut album is still present, but this time they incorporate a more pop sound, and consequently a bit more of a focus on the melodic side. I would also say this is much more album oriented than the first two albums, with the record practically consisting of two continuous pieces of music on both sides.

Side one consists of some of the bands more pop-oriented songs in 'Kayleigh' and 'Lavender Blue,' both of which charted high and received some radio play. 'Bitter Suite' shows more of their progressive side, while 'Heart of Lothian' is filled with catchy melodies.

The second side opens with a pair of great songs, the first being the darker and ominous 'Waterhole (Expresso Bongo),' and the following 'Lords of the Backstage.' The latter is a good example of Marillion's use of odd time signatures, with a repeating riff comprised of alternating measures of 7/8 and 6/8

'Blind Curve' is another proggier song with a very diverse structure within its nearly 10-minute duration. The song is filled with great melodies, fantastic guitar work from Rothery, and theatric vocals from Fish.

The ending two tracks are perfect closing songs, with their nostalgic, yet powerful undertone. Overall, I would say this is a slightly stronger album than the already amazing debut. Perhaps it's the album oriented approach where no individual song stands out. Instead we get a consistent listen from beginning to end. Misplaced Childhood is certainly the highlight of the neo-prog genre, and has cemented a place as one of the greatest prog albums in general.

8/10

Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |

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