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THIS STRANGE ENGINE

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.42 | 398 ratings

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sinslice
3 stars In the 90's, this wonderful compendium of musicians in which the sum of the parts is greater than individuals, was constantly experimenting to find a particular sound. Sometimes they found it, and in others less so. This work is in the second group. As always, with highly polished gems.

The most ambitious and extensive song is one of those diamonds. It requires special attention and repeated listening to appreciate slowly musical variety and their interaction with lyrics. With little cohesion or homogeneity? That's what sometimes progressive rock, at least for me. I see justified some 'musical explosion' after calm passages, and vice versa.

The other gem is Estonia, heartbreaking and extremely emotional. One Fine Day and Memory of Water are enjoyable, with an easy pace and less progressive. Not much to rescue the rest.

sinslice | 3/5 |

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