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MARILLION, taking their name from Tolkien's "The Silmarillion", are the well known band that invented the "New Wave of Progressive Rock". Their sound is similar to GENESIS '72 to '82 or thereabouts, with PINK FLOYD and YES influences. The line-up, by this time, comprised Fish (his real name, Derek Dick, was worse; vocals), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Steve Rothery (guitar), Ian Mosley (drums) and Peter Trewavas (bass).

MARILLION - FISH (1982 - 1988)
The music is directed around the poetic and sometimes fantasy lyrics of the lead singer Fish, who sounds very much like Peter Gabriel. The band got their best successes, both artistically, progressively and commercially. "Script For A Jester's Tear" showed influences from many of the great 70's progressive bands. The second studio album "Fugazi" followed in the next year. The third studio album, "Misplaced Chilhood", was a true concept album and placed MARILLION among the greats. MARILLION's fourth album "Clutching At Straws" was to be "old" MARILLION's farewell to the world. The album, dealing with the problems of drug addiction and alcoholism, was the final album to be made with Fish as front man and lyricist. Fish left the band in 1988 to pursue a solo career.

MARILLION - HOGARTH (1989 - today)
Their new sound seems more geared for radio play, although they still have an air of depression in the music. "Season's End" was issued in 1989 with a new singer, a lot less inspired by Peter Gabriel, Steve HOGARTH. Their album "Brave", considered one of the modern masterpieces of progressive rock, is a concept piece about a young girl that contemplates suicide on a bridge. This daring concept album is a spectacular exercise in multi-layered music.

Personnally, I enjoy both styles, although I prefered the old art rock style of Fish. Still, with Hogarth, MARILLION has progressed to a higher level making it one of the top bands from the mid eighties till now...

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FearFear
EarMusic Label 2016
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$12.78 (used)
F.e.a.rF.e.a.r
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EarMusic Label 2016
Audio CD$14.68
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Clutching at StrawsClutching at Straws
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101 DISTRIBUTION 2001
Audio CD$3.15
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Misplaced ChildhoodMisplaced Childhood
Import
EMI Europe Generic 2007
Audio CD$1.67
$2.27 (used)
Recital of the ScriptRecital of the Script
Import · Remastered
Emd Int'l 2009
Audio CD$5.94
$10.67 (used)
MarblesMarbles
Madfish Records 2011
Audio CD$10.45
$10.50 (used)
Sunday Night Above the RainSunday Night Above the Rain
Multiple Formats · Import
Imports 2014
DVD$14.44
$16.85 (used)
Early Stages: HighlightsEarly Stages: Highlights
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EMI Import 2013
Audio CD$6.04
$6.03 (used)
Thieving MagpieThieving Magpie
Import · Remastered
Emd Int'l 2009
Audio CD$4.60
$4.33 (used)
Somewhere in LondonSomewhere in London
Madfish Records 2016
Audio CD$9.38
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MARILLION discography


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MARILLION top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 1745 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear
1983
3.98 | 1162 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.25 | 1834 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.14 | 1141 ratings
Clutching At Straws
1987
3.76 | 755 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.11 | 566 ratings
Holidays In Eden
1991
3.97 | 893 ratings
Brave
1994
3.80 | 608 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.45 | 492 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.70 | 447 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.15 | 418 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.39 | 481 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.09 | 950 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.07 | 466 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.36 | 509 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.79 | 311 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.58 | 535 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.76 | 172 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016

MARILLION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 282 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.84 | 283 ratings
The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra
1988
2.34 | 25 ratings
Live at the Borderline
1992
3.35 | 27 ratings
Live in Glasgow
1993
3.78 | 45 ratings
Live in Caracas
1993
4.10 | 81 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.48 | 133 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.68 | 56 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.93 | 34 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.23 | 22 ratings
Marillionrochester
1998
3.18 | 32 ratings
Zodiac
1999
3.80 | 73 ratings
Anorak in the UK Live
2002
4.75 | 41 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2003
4.13 | 13 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.53 | 42 ratings
Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983 - 1988
2004
4.27 | 91 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
4.17 | 47 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.70 | 34 ratings
Popular Music
2005
4.13 | 12 ratings
Bootleg Bingo
2005
3.57 | 28 ratings
Smoke
2006
3.78 | 35 ratings
Mirrors
2006
4.30 | 47 ratings
Family
2007
4.00 | 34 ratings
Friends
2007
4.24 | 23 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.50 | 89 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.48 | 90 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.28 | 85 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
3.68 | 21 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.65 | 24 ratings
High Voltage
2010
3.80 | 41 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.66 | 39 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.03 | 37 ratings
size matters
2010
3.88 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.86 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.78 | 22 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.75 | 21 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
4.16 | 43 ratings
Live From Cadogan Hall
2011
4.89 | 18 ratings
Afraid of Sunlight Live
2011
3.60 | 16 ratings
This Strange Engine Live
2011
3.70 | 18 ratings
Seasons End Live
2011
3.78 | 21 ratings
A-Z Live 2011
2012
3.91 | 36 ratings
Sounds Live
2012
3.74 | 19 ratings
The Glow Must Go On
2012
3.62 | 20 ratings
Clocks Already Ticking
2013
3.82 | 25 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.43 | 7 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
4.56 | 18 ratings
Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
3.75 | 4 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Marbles In The Park
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Night
2016

MARILLION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.36 | 152 ratings
Recital Of The Script
1983
3.36 | 29 ratings
Video
1984
2.55 | 26 ratings
1982-86 The Videos
1986
3.72 | 29 ratings
A Singles Collection
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Out of the Box
1996
3.15 | 40 ratings
The EMI Singles Collection
2002
4.73 | 11 ratings
A Piss-up in a Brewery
2002
4.78 | 52 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2002
2.81 | 14 ratings
Shot In The Dark
2002
3.70 | 54 ratings
From Stoke Row To Ipanema - A Year In The Life (DVD)
2003
3.95 | 20 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.20 | 16 ratings
Before First Light (Afraid of Sunlight Live 2003)
2003
4.45 | 131 ratings
Live from Loreley
2004
3.81 | 64 ratings
Marbles On The Road
2004
2.89 | 43 ratings
Brave - The Film
2004
4.13 | 25 ratings
Wish You Were Here
2005
4.29 | 7 ratings
Colours And Sound
2006
4.20 | 53 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.30 | 18 ratings
Bootleg Butlins
2007
3.78 | 9 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
3.58 | 14 ratings
Something Else
2007
4.40 | 10 ratings
This Strange Convention
2009
4.75 | 4 ratings
M Tube: An Introduction To Marillion On DVD
2010
4.47 | 51 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.15 | 45 ratings
Live At Cadogan Hall
2011
4.82 | 22 ratings
Live In Montréal
2011
4.45 | 21 ratings
Holidays In Zelande
2012
3.93 | 23 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.67 | 12 ratings
Breaking Records
2015

MARILLION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 177 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.92 | 64 ratings
A Singles Collection - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
1992
1.60 | 10 ratings
Marillion Music Collection
1993
4.19 | 13 ratings
The Originals
1995
2.98 | 37 ratings
Kayleigh
1996
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Best of Marillion
1996
3.30 | 43 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds (2 cd boxset)
1997
4.07 | 71 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.14 | 9 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.21 | 58 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.46 | 41 ratings
The singles '82 - 88'
2000
3.29 | 8 ratings
Refracted! - From dusk 'till dot, Volume 1
2001
3.71 | 7 ratings
Another DAT at the Office
2001
3.33 | 9 ratings
Fall Out
2002
3.21 | 14 ratings
marillion.co.uk
2002
3.15 | 8 ratings
AWOL: A Marillion Solo Projects Sampler
2002
3.47 | 25 ratings
The singles '89- 95'
2002
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Marillion (EMI Compilation)
2003
4.20 | 5 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
2003
3.27 | 11 ratings
marillion.co.uk (2005 Version)
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Classics
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Keep The Noise Down
2010
4.83 | 6 ratings
Misplaced Childhood / Script For A Jester's Tear
2011
4.50 | 4 ratings
4 Albums
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits On CD & DVD
2012
4.31 | 16 ratings
Marillion.Best.Live
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made Special Edition
2013
2.38 | 7 ratings
Best Sounds
2014
4.29 | 22 ratings
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
3.11 | 9 ratings
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts
2014

MARILLION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.90 | 104 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
4.09 | 37 ratings
Garden Party
1983
4.16 | 36 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
3.98 | 33 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.67 | 47 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.32 | 47 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.56 | 49 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.51 | 49 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.57 | 58 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
4.00 | 8 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
4.13 | 23 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.04 | 32 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.76 | 29 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
4.00 | 30 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
2.95 | 19 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.17 | 18 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.64 | 14 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.30 | 20 ratings
Easter
1989
3.47 | 15 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.27 | 14 ratings
No One Can
1991
3.17 | 6 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain And Heaven)
1991
3.17 | 6 ratings
Dry Land
1991
3.56 | 16 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.37 | 19 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.90 | 10 ratings
No One Can
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
4.00 | 1 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.79 | 14 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.73 | 14 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.18 | 19 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.00 | 13 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.82 | 11 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
2.91 | 16 ratings
These Chains (Single)
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Marillion & the Web Christmas 1998
1998
3.25 | 8 ratings
Marillion.Christmas
1999
2.73 | 12 ratings
Marillion.co.uk
2000
3.75 | 8 ratings
Crash Course - An Introduction to Marillion
2001
2.71 | 14 ratings
A Verry Barry Christmas
2001
4.18 | 11 ratings
Between You And Me / Map Of The World
2001
4.30 | 15 ratings
Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery
2001
3.22 | 4 ratings
Front Row Club Issue 7
2002
4.13 | 6 ratings
Le Spectrum, Montréal, Canada, 6 September 1997 (Front Row Club 008)
2002
3.67 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2002: Santa And His Elvis
2002
4.06 | 8 ratings
Say Cheese, Christmas With Marillion
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
View From The Balcony (A Front Row Club Sampler)
2003
3.04 | 8 ratings
Christmas 2004: Baubles
2004
2.12 | 11 ratings
Remixomatosis
2004
2.08 | 10 ratings
A Handful Of Marbles
2005
4.33 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2005 : Merry Xmas To Our Flock
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2006: The Jingle Book
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Unzipped - The Making Of Anoraknophobia
2006
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2007: Somewhere Elf
2007
2.58 | 10 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are
2007
3.11 | 10 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
4.00 | 6 ratings
ABC, Glasgow, Scotland. 9 November 2008
2008
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Basement, Newcastle, UK. 10 November 2008
2008
4.20 | 5 ratings
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. 11 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
LMUSU, Leeds, UK. 13 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Academy, Manchester, UK. 14 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Opera House, Bournemouth, UK. 15 November 2008
2008
4.11 | 10 ratings
The Forum, London, UK. 19 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
JBs, Dudley, UK. 17 November 2008
2008
4.33 | 3 ratings
Rock City, Nottingham, UK. 18 November 2008
2008
2.42 | 3 ratings
De Waerdse Temple, Heerhugowaard, Netherlands. 21 November
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
013, Tilburg, Netherlands. 23 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 24 November 2008
2008
4.27 | 6 ratings
E-Werk, Cologne, Germany. 26 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Le Splendid, Lille, France. 27 November 2008
2008
3.57 | 7 ratings
Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz
2008
4.04 | 5 ratings
Happiness on the Road - Concorde 2 Brighton - 28 January 2009
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2009: Snow De Cologne
2009
3.00 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2010: Ding, Dong Loreley On High...
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2011: Live At The German Space Day 2004
2011
3.33 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2012: Sleighed Again
2012
4.60 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 12 June 2012
2012
4.40 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 13 June 2012
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2013
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Carol Of The Bells
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2013: Proggin' Around The Christmas Tree
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2014: Chile For The Time Of Year
2014

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars 3.5 Actually. A legendary band that gave the best in their initial years, when they drank heavily in grandpa's sources. I have listened little of them after Fish left, a few tracks from the initial Hogarth's era, when they went Poppy. They lost me. This FEAR was kind of an experiment. Would they have some music left inside after all this time? Well, they do. Never liked the singer, too common for me, but at least he didn't spoil the music. That's all I ask to singers. But certainly he adds nothing. It's clearly the weakest element. The album is not balanced, with some great compositions and others kind of boring, which coming from a Superband leaves a bitter taste than it would had they been complete strangers. The album contains three main suites; the first one, El Dorado, can be listened a couple of times, no much to scratch there; but the other two, The Leavers, and The New Kings are really worth. There are no breaking sounds, nor musical inventions, and that is probably the best of it: Emotion needs no musical innovation, and these guys make it great with common resources. One has to be very choosy to select new music, there is such a huge amount out there, but I may now go back and check some more of their production.
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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Glubluk

5 stars Instead of a typical review, let me just say this:

They have been together since the early 1980's (or late 70's if you count the earliest incarnations). They have been releasing a steady stream of albums, none of them sub-par or healf-hearted. And after all those years they have been able to release "F.E.A.R.", an utterly brilliant, beautiful, and relevant piece of work that gets better with every listen.

To put things into perspective: new albums by bands of similar tenure are usually received with a patronizing attitude. We all know how it is and Metallica is arguably the most glaring example: even those that like "Death Magnetic" are probably aware that without lowered expectations, the album would not stand close scrutiny. Or let's take Yes, I have yet to read a review of any of their newer albums that would not boild down to recalling past glories and listing those rare tiny reflections of bygone days in the new music. Then there are all those numerous bands that record next to nothing and slowly(?) lose all relevance, embarking on greatest hits tours pandering to old (prog) rockers' nostalgia.

Then there's Marillion. They show that a band of artistic integrity and true talent can release masterpieces no matter how old they are or how deep they have delved into their stylistic niche. They don't need excuses for rehashing past glories because they just don't.

Most importantly, they show that there is no limit to true creativity and you don't have to reinvent the wheel to retain freshness and originality: an expression of true artistry will resonate with the listener regardless of genre conventions and the baggage of the past. Such is "F.E.A.R", an original album that doesn't try to be anything else but itself and succeeds in being a masterpiece.

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by steelyhead

4 stars It is too late in the party for Marillion and yet, They have decided to produce another masterpiece and believe me: It is a masterpiece.

You only need to have three albums from the Hogarth era Marillion: The wonderful "Brave", the marvelous "Marbles" and this one, that's all and all the ones with Fish.

Here We have a different group, one deeply fixated with Pink Floyd and, boy! Do They have stories to tell. This is a concept album about a group of people that have been let down by their own country. The war is far from England but Who needs It?

I feel like I am again listening to Sting in "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" and don't miss the suite "The Leavers" because It is sort of a "Limelight" for this band always on tour and never reaching home, always leaving town. Amazing.

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by SteveG

5 stars F E A R is a natural follow up to Sounds That Can't be Made from 2012, in that Steve Hogarth's lament for Palestine titled Gaza seems to be part of the lyrical blueprint for F E A R's topically charged songs. Where STCBM started off strong and then veered into more upbeat songs like the catchy title track, before petering out at the album's conclusion. F E A R maintains it's lyrical and musical tone up to the very end. This is without a doubt Steve Hogarth's baby with ambient musical backing for his singing before the rest of the band turn loose on wonderfully complex, albeit slow burning musical bridges, that show Steve Rothery's guitar leads still conveying amazing melodic drama and angst, with Mark Kelly adding sublime keyboard counterpoints or counter melodies that complement Rothery to a T. The sound mix on F E A R is musically at a lower volume which allow Hogarth's lyrics to clearly be heard and enunciated. This puts Pete Trawavas' bass and Ian Mosely's drums more in the background, even though both play as well as ever. Hogarth's more naked sounding vocals express a myriad of emotions with some slight straining present at times. Close microphone placement, louder amplification, and age most likely being the cause, but this adds authenticity to the music. Don't worry, H still sounds commanding, powerful and wonderfully in tune on some the most demanding singing that these songs require.

As other's have noted, the songs on F E A R are very much a slow burning affair, but are composed and performed with love and care as each note, beat, and melody seems to have been meticulously picked out for maximum effect. But on to the songs.

Multi track lead off song Eldorado finds H opining on the mankind's love of money which he comes back to in the album's stellar finale suite The New Kings. Greed and corruption may seem old topics by now, but Marillion's expressions of dismay in prog music terms is both new and musically satisfying.

Title track F E A R conjures musical and lyrical invocations for us to finally putting down our arms and live a decent existence. Again, it's Hogarth's impassioned vocals that sell the song. He does the same on the New Kings with a slow falsetto singing the chorus "f**k everone and run" without sounding the least bit clichéd or pretentious.

The high point of the album for me is the second multi suite song entitled the Leavers which starts out with sublime xylophone like keys from Kelly and ends in one of those amazingly cathartic guitar solos by Rothery. Hogarth sings of his need to constantly be on the road and the surprising confession that he, the author of these confessional lyrics, wears a mask around his loved ones at home and can't communicate with them, constantly waiting for that phone call "that's takes me away." An absolutely sublime track and will probably be a new Marillion concert staple.

The only track that sounds forced to me is White Paper with it's more abstract lyrics. It is another slow burning track and frankly, IMO, is album filler for the age of double vinyl album running time.

The conclusion: F E A R is the Marillion album that I have been waiting for after the remarkable Sounds That Can't Be Made. If it's the album you have been waiting for, then you will be quite pleased with F E A R. If you're expecting another Brave or Marbles, you might be disappointed. But only a magnificent prog band that constantly changes or evolves can give us that option.

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Hm, no, I think here Marillion and I have ended up parting company.

Now, don't get me wrong. I appreciate that more laid-back and meditative sounds have always been part of the band's sound, and have been responsible for some of their grandest moments (as on parts of This Strange Engine or Marbles, for instance). Likewise, I also get that right from the debut album the group have never been afraid to do politics or social commentary

On the lyrical front, I was already put off a bit by how clumsy the lyrics on Sounds That Can't Be Made had been when dealing with social commentary or politics. It's not that I had no sympathy with the message of songs like Gaza - I just felt that the words used didn't really do justice to the extremely nuanced subject matter involved, and made it seem less like Hogarth was articulating an informed point of view and more like he was just sticking his oar in uninvited and unhelpfully. That trend has unfortunately continued here, and largely permeates the album.

Whereas previously Marillion managed to sound like firebrands out to condemn an unjust world in firey terms (as on Forgotten Sons) or to strive for a better one (as on Easter), by now they sound less like energetic radicals and more like grumpy, worn-out old relatives who grump in a reactionary way about how the world's all gone to pot since they were little 'uns but who don't offer any real way forward beyond a toxic mixture of bitterness, inward- looking self-obsession, and dreamy nostalgia for a past that never was. (This is a very Big Big Train approach, of course.)

Musically, everything feels just a bit flat and tired. Stylistically bits of the album could be passed off as missing bits from Brave, Afraid of Sunlight, This Strange Engine or Marbles, which in principle should be great because those are some of the most beloved high points of Hogarth-era Marillion, but in practice it just makes the whole thing feel like another exercise in going through the motions, shaking up the snow globe one more time to see if the snow will fall appreciably differently this time. The drums, in particular, seem particularly weak, Ian Mosley just kind of doing his bit and then wrapping up, whilst Steve Rothery's guitar solos and Mark Kelly's keyboard solos have succumbed entirely to self-plagiarism.

It's not a completely incompetent album, just an album which entirely fails to grab me and on balance probably doesn't need to exist. Change for change's sake is pointless, of course, but at the same time there's only so many times you can plough the same furrow before it begins to get a bit tired out, and "tired out" is exactly how I would describe Marillion's sound here.

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Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars This is another excellent release from Marillion. If you feel like they should be innovating, then you will be disappointed. This is more of the same, and will fit nicely in a playlist with any other post fish, slow building, atmospheric, and passionate albums. Speaking of Steve Hogarth, his vocals sound as sublime and mesmerizing as ever. This could be one of his top performances, but there are so many good ones to choose from. The rest of the band sounds terrific with the excellent musicianship that you would expect from Marillion. With all the progressive metal albums being released this year, this is definitely a slow burner that requires a relaxed state of mind. If you are in the mood for something mellow that takes you on a journey, then FEAR is another Marillion release that will give you just that experience.
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Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars A new Marillion album is always something of an `event' or cause for great celebration in the progressive rock community. The legendary late-Seventies group who completely transcended their Fish-era Neo-Prog origins and morphed into a contemporary-sounding crossover band went on to scale even greater heights with the arrival of vocalist Steve Hogarth, and it is this version of the band over twenty-five years later that remains stronger, more vital and more divisive amongst listeners than ever. Their eighteenth studio album `F.E.A.R' may not be a huge leap into unexpected territory for the group, but all the trademark moody and unhurried compositions, tender singing, cryptic lyrics and subtle instrumentation are there, as well as the disc being less concerned about including some of the catchier, more single-aimed pieces this time around - this one seems especially made for Marillion's loyal fanbase that have supported them making their distinctive type of music over the years, and it is those followers who will be the most rewarded.

`F*ck Everyone and Run' is an appropriate title for the frequently heavy lyrics and creeping dread of the themes that permeate the entire disc, although little traces of light and hope filter through here and there, and Steve Hogarth's smooth yet weary voice perfectly conveys the sadness of his words. Despite him dominating much of the sixty-eight minute disc, as always the first-rate musicians around him play with great subtlety, only rising up when more power is needed to lift the music in the more dramatic moments, which the band do with an exemplary skill like no other group. Four of the six compositions (although indexed into 17 separate tracks, so keep the CD booklet handy!) on offer present Marillion at their most measured and uncompromising, with only a couple of shorter pieces in between the longer works offering more direct tunes, although never close to being simplistic or radio-friendly.

Marillion are a textbook example of a band that can rarely be enjoyed instantly on a surface level and first listen, instead constant replays are needed to allow for the many meticulous and carefully arranged pieces to unveil their intricacies. Sure enough, risky five-part opener `El Dorado' is very slow to reveal itself and initially comes across as five fragments strung together, but a careful build and cohesive sense of flow gradually emerges after numerous listens. Soft acoustic guitar opens the disc over Hogarth's reflective words, a final twist bringing a sense of foreboding. Mark Kelly's icy synths (and yes, there are traces throughout this track that remind of their Neo sound of old!) and haunting electric piano rise in prominence, Pete Trewavas' bass grumbles along in the backdrop beside Ian Mosley's steady beat as Steve Rothery's majestic and perfectly executed slow-burn electric guitar soloing takes flight. Slinking electronics take a darker turn with the frequently melancholic lyric, with a growing heaviness that twists into the band building up a stormy air of desperation before a delicate, almost hopeful ending.

The first shorter piece, `Living in Fear' is a more compact pop/rocker that never aims to be radio-catchy, but it's still more straight-forward and instantly melodic than what came before, with the song holding a defiant air in amongst shimmering guitars and warm Hammond organ.

Nineteen-minute opus `The Leavers', compared to the fairly gloomy opener, is more optimistic and beautiful. Twinkling electronics glisten brightly and dreamy guitars chime sweetly before the piece suddenly bursts to life with a confident up- tempo beat, thick insistent grooving bass and a freed vocal swoon that turns chest-beating from Hogarth to instantly give the album a rush of energy. Pristine ambient passages, ruminative piano interludes with weeping guitar strains and grand orchestral symphonic synths all feature in amongst powerful bombastic blasts, and the victorious pomp in the climax all help to leave the impression that this is an anthem-like modern Marillion classic full of warmth and great hope, one their fans are sure to go crazy for.

`White Paper' is the next shorter break, an emotional ballad with energetic little poppy spots to fire up the stark piano, all driven by Hogarth's sombre and achingly personal vocal that always remains dignified and sympathetic.

Then it's back for one more lengthy workout, and the near-seventeen minute `The New Kings' sees Marillion at their most heavy and inspired. It's especially a superb showcase for both Rothery, who's guitar weaves in and out of the piece with great power and the effortless skill that only a master guitarist can deliver (and he's frequently proudly `proggy' with lengthy soloing spots too!) and the powerhouse drumming of Ian Mosley, who's given so much to do on this track, offering plenty of expertly delivered variety. A damning political lyric is given life by stirring orchestration, doomed organ, snarling guitar and pounding drums, often set to Hogarth's deceptively tragic sweetly purred falsetto vocal. The extended instrumental build and haunting female chorus vocal of the middle passage `Russia's Locked Doors' is simply sublime, leading to a ferocious and breathless ending of runaway piano and cinematic synths. `Tomorrow's New Country' is then simply a sparse and haunting two-minute coda to close on.

Despite Hogarth being such a charismatic singer, the disc is very lyric/vocal heavy and could have done with more purely instrumental passages, which completely make the album take flight and grab the attention when they do show up. But it's hugely satisfying when the band deliver dense and challenging works like this in comparison to their more straight-forward `song'-based albums such as `Somewhere Else', and they constantly remind why they're such prog-rock icons when they're at their most complex, confident and personally self-indulgent as they are here.

It takes years and later perspective to figure out which Marillion works are their defining releases, but for now, `F.E.A.R' is the kind of album that connects with the most intelligent and patient of progressive music listeners, and it's another smart and carefully considered artistic success for this prog-rock institution.

Four stars.

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Review by tbstars1

3 stars Is it sacrilege to prod prog icons with a quizzical stick? Given the sheer quantity and quality of their output over the years - (Fish? Hogarth? Still? After all this time? Who really cares any more?) - it goes without saying that Marillion are tantamount to untouchable. They have given me countless hours of great listening pleasure. But, on the evidence of FEAR, it seems they may now be running on empty. I wasn't over-struck by "Sounds that can't be made" but at least it contained some grand epics that kept it afloat. FEAR takes us a step backward, and downwards. It's just a listless, plaintive elegy for The Unfairness of It All, tapping into the rich nostalgia seam already comprehensively mined by Big Big Train (another band going off the boil, by the way) but comes up with nothing new. I read the eulogies from all and sundry and must bow to other people's judgement, but I have to say that very little in FEAR made me pause, heartfelt lyrics included. I waited for the key moments, but, El Dorado II aside, I waited in vain. Not a record to listen to in future, I'm afraid. Three stars is being over-generous, but I'm a generous soul.
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Review by lazland
Prog Reviewer

5 stars FEAR, or, to put it a little bit more bluntly, Fuck Everyone And Run, is the eighteenth studio album by Marillion, keenly anticipated by those of us who crowd funded the venture via Pledge Music what seems like eons ago. When my cd arrived, gloriously on time, on 23rd September, it was signed by the band, and I took myself into the dungeon of my study to immerse myself into new music by my favourite band.

A little over an hour later, I went back into the sitting room and the metaphorical bosom of my lovely wife. "Well, how was it?". "Erm, okay, well, I'm sure it will turn out really good". Not exactly a ringing endorsement, in all honesty.

This feeling stayed with me for the first three listens. Then, over the next couple of listens, the album began to connect. And, then, it hit me.

This is not an album that you walk away from early thinking it has classic written all over it. It is just about the slowest slow burner I have ever known. But, when it does hit you, by God, it is like a sledgehammer, because this is an extremely special piece of work.

For me, it was towards the end of the second phase of El Dorado, The Gold, when the band do what they have always done at their best, a multi-layered wall of sound accompanying a deliciously beautiful Steve Rothery solo.

The piece itself introduces us gently with some birdsong, before a rather ominous second sub-section, with Kelly roaring, announces itself to us with a delicate interplay between the band, a gentle piano recurring throughout the work, before said wall of sound asserts itself with some huge passages of wonderfully produced power - no review of this album, by the way, could go without mentioning with a great deal of respect the work Mike Hunter has put in to bringing out the best of his musical charges. The FEAR sub-section then brings the listener into the intensity and emotion of all that follows perfectly.

I do not think that the band themselves have ever sounded better. Mark Kelly is plastered all over this work, with a mixture of intelligent sounds that deceive with their apparent simplicity, although the key word here is apparent, because his efforts simply lead the band in both direction and tone. This is quite simply the sound of a keys player who has become the genre's finest modern exponent.

Steve Rothery adds some lovely trademark touches (and it is still the case that a towering Rothery performance is the key to a towering Marillion performance), whether it be by virtue of his effectively rhythm guitar backing swirling keys, to lead guitar bursts which make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, whilst Pete Trewavas and Ian Moseley are quite simply doing well what they have always done well, leading the charge with a backdrop which, at turns, excites, and then drags the music back to the mellow places it intended.

And what of the vocalist and lyricist I admire above all others, a certain Mr h? The title of the album is stark, to say the least. Fuck Everyone And Run. Fuck them all. The rich bastards responsible for digging ever deeper the grave of poverty of ordinary people around the world. The abandonment of the traditional country, and values, on the sword of run away capitalism. This, combined with some deeply personal lyrics as well, Is a forceful statement by a man who is approaching his sixties, and feels he has to make his feelings clear to the world, and life, before it becomes too late. He manages it with aplomb, not a celebrity moaning in the pages of a cheap "lifestyle" mag, but setting his thoughts out plainly in a wonderfully sincere work of art.

And the songs? Living In Fear, which follows El Dorado, is one of those hugely enjoyable Marillion tracks which combines progressive rock with commercial sensibilities, and fairly races along, with the band moving things along at an incredible rock pace, pushing Hogarth's vocals to the very limit. The Kelly lead two thirds in when there is a short pause in the intensity is lovely, this before the pace becomes something akin to Usain Bolt on speed, with a soaring guitar and band accompanying a choral mix of screams.

What follows next, though, is simply a classic, a track which deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as past glories such as The Great Escape, Neverland, Real Tears for Sale, and The Invisible Man. The Leavers is a staggering creation, and one which, above all, requires a very patient set of listening sessions before being fully appreciated. The track itself is split into five sub-sections, telling the story of The Leavers and Remainers. It is not, by the way, a reference to the Brexit debate in the recent UK Eu referendum - the lyrics were, I believe, written well before that. As with all of the finest lyrical songs, there is ample room for the listener to put his/her own interpretation on what the writer is trying to convey. My take on this (and I have not seen any documentaries explaining this, as I believe such programmes rather spoil the fun) is that we are, as a race, split between two differing tendencies, those who will fight for all they believe in and tough things out, including their support for favourite bands, loved ones, causes, and those who simply leave, sometimes because they feel they have no choice, but find themselves in tremendously difficult circumstances sometimes as a result, including the opprobrium of the people's they encounter, unfairly most of the time.

Whatever Hogarth's intent, this track has some sublime moments. It features all that is best about the later work of this great band, from staggeringly intense rock, to the sublime interplay, delicately phrased, between Rothery, Kelly, and Trewavas (who is more and more a bassist in the Squire and Entwistle tradition of playing lead with his bass) on part three. The piano work on this, by the way, adds such a delicate layer of subtle beauty to proceedings that you stare agog at the speakers, with this and Hogarth's fragile voice crying at you. Then, midway through part four, Jumble of Days, one of the most urgent of Rothery solos cries out plaintively, with an incredible wall of sound from Kelly backing. The intensity of the music towards the end, "you won't be much use to us dead", is astounding. The pace relaxes again in the intro to part five, One Tonight, with some delicate guitar and piano underlaid by a sensitive Trewavas riff, before there comes one of those rare moments in music. One of those moments, when the band turn up the intensity to White Heat, before Hogarth, who has never sounded better than in this section, cries out with such feeling to break your heart, "We Come Together", and then Rothery sings to us against a backdrop of pure lovely noise, and at the end you really just have to hit the pause button, have a drink, have a cigarette, just simply take a break to recover. Simply wonderful, and up there at the top, end of.

White Paper is the most personal lyrically on the album, with those lovely keyboard textures backing Hogarth bearing his soul. This is a mournful and deeply moving prog ballad, accompanied by bursts of urgent energy musically, and has nothing of filler in it whatsoever.

The album has three tracks, spilt into sub-sections, over fifteen minutes long (and if that does not have true prog fans slavering at the mouth, then, really, nothing will), and the last of these is The New Kings. This was the track made available a few weeks prior to the official album release as a download to keep us "pre-orderers'" happy. I gave it a few listens, but it was not really until I heard it in the context of the whole album that I really began to appreciate this fine piece of music.

It is, by far, the most political lyric ever set to music by the band. It continues a fine tradition begun, all those years ago, by Forgotten Sons. Indeed, I would place a fair wager that a certain Mr Dick would rather wish he had written this. Quite honestly, it does not really matter what your politics, because Hogarth sets to music the indelible unfairness of a system which allows such avarice and greed to go unchecked, with such awful consequences to the rest of the ordinary population. Musically, it takes the themes of the opener to their natural conclusion, and it is here that the track works so well. The cover of Brave proclaimed that we should play it loud, with the lights out. This one is exactly the same, because it absolutely soars in places, and is incredibly intense, with Moseley and Trewavas never sounding so good at shoving the music along, a lead rhythm section to beat all others. I adore the female vocals which adorn parts of sub-section four, Russia's Locked Doors. We are all, in one way, or another, working for The New Kings, who are truly "too big to fail", and the band provide us with an incredible wall of sound to emphasise the pain and intensity which those lyrics correctly convey, especially when we listen to the emotions plaintively put across at the staggering and scary happenings when a passenger jet, full of innocent families, is brought down by Russian state missiles. The closing section, Why Is Nothing Ever True, is as heavy as the band have ever sounded, and the dripping venom of the lyrics panning those who got us all into this sorry state hit home with unerring accuracy.

To close, we have the inevitable short comedown that is Tomorrow's New Country, an opportunity for us all to come down as gently as is possible, given the raw emotion which preceded it.

This is an incredible album. It is an album which absolutely demands repeated listening, not just to "get it" in the first instance, but to grow to appreciate just what a work of staggering musical art it is. This album is right up there with the band's finest. It deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Script, Brave, This Strange Engine, and Marbles. I cannot award it anything less than a masterpiece rating.

A final thought. There are not many bands on this site who, eighteen studio works in, can still lay claim to being able to record and release such vital and relevant music. For those of you "neo-prog haters", I can only say this. Marillion have, once again, shown themselves to be the masters of intelligently written, and intensely performed, progressive rock. This is not traditional neo. This is traditional fine rock music, end of.

A masterpiece of modern progressive rock music, which comes extremely highly rated.

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Review by aidan309

4 stars It's 2016 and as it is an Olympic year that coincidentally means a new Marillion album. The last three albums have been pre-ordered special editions released in an Olympic year and FEAR is no different (it will be written as FEAR for short in this review). I shall be reviewing the special edition of their eighteenth studio album (the fourteenth since Steve Hogarth joined in 1989).

The first thought when I saw the box was how well put together it was. No expense was spared in creating something you would be proud to own. I loved seeing my name in the credits again and also think it was a good decision to ask for the band to sign it. My second thought is the title ? "Fuck Everyone and Run". Is it a controversial title? Only because Marillion have never really been known as a sweary band but when you understand the lyrics and themes of the album you can certainly see why they chose it. If it is necessary to be a bit controversial to get your point across than that has a much bigger impact than just being controversial for the sake of it. Also, it is the only swear word mentioned on the album so it is hardly Ice-T's Home Invasion.

Included with the compact disc is a DVD. This contains the album in both stereo and surround sound mixes. You can select the audio option so it plays the album as instrumentals too. I think the instrumental version is a lovely idea and gives the album a whole new dimension. It is just a shame to lose Steve Hogarth's lovely voice. There are also three videos of short jam session recordings but I think what will interest the fans most is the sixty-three minutes long documentary of the making of the album.

The most important part of the album is obviously the songs themselves. Apart from Marillion's influences of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead, Genesis, Yes and others, it seems to me that the biggest musical influence on this album is themselves. It feels as though the band intend to take some of the most interesting and beautiful parts of their previous albums and streamline them into something incredibly special on this album. Their evolution over the last thirty-five years has meant there is an incredible back catalogue to choose from.

What I have noticed is that Mark Kelly is a lot more prominent on this album. His synthesiser, piano and organ playing carry the songs far more than they have ever done which for a keyboards and one guitar based band like Marillion is saying quite a lot. Steve Rothery is still playing some wonderful guitar parts but it is a lot more restrained and quite subtle in places. Pete Trewavas and Ian Mosley are playing superb bass and drums here too. Pete has some really quite impressive bass riffs especially on 'El Dorado' and Ian has some very powerful fills.

The lyrics are certainly a lot more political compared to previous albums and deal with universal subjects such as patriotism, propaganda, pacifism, economic inequality but more personal subjects such as life on the road as a touring band.

Opener 'El Dorado' starts with a pastoral acoustic passage but becomes an incredible widescreen epic with lots of synth, organ and piano sounds. The synth parts give it a definite science fiction feel especially in the second part of the suite and some are actually quite scary. Definitely one to be played as loud as possible.

'Living in FEAR' is a shorter piano driven song but no less special, quite plaintive during the verses but becoming bombastic during the chorus. I especially like the German and Russian lines at the end. It gives the song an international feel.

'The Leavers' is another long track opens with a wonderful twinkling synth arpeggio reminiscent of Tangerine Dream and then follows another incredible epic adventure in music. The lyrics outline life on the road for the band and those who stay at home but see them live in their hometown. The electronics and piano sounds are all there and Steve Rothery closes the song with an amazing guitar solo. It is fast becoming my favourite song on the album. Absolutely stunning.

'White Paper' is the second short song but is also no less welcome than the long songs. There is a lot of piano on this song (there is a lot on the whole album actually) but it never gets boring as it is treated with echo and reverb and sounds very beautiful.

Third long song 'The New Kings' was very kindly released by the band as a stand-alone mp3 so we were already quite familiar with it. This was because they were performing it live over the summer and did not want fans to hear a rubbish version of it on YouTube. The strings give the song an orchestral air but you can feel the anger and energy throughout the whole song.

The album was produced and mixed by Michael Hunter who has done an amazing job as the unofficial sixth member of the band. All the instruments are perfectly balanced but there is still room for each player to breathe and not to overwhelm anyone else. He hasn't overdone the reverb but the songs still sound powerful with the dynamic range compression (reducing the volume of loud sounds and amplifying the quiet sounds) in all the right places so the album doesn't distort too much. It has a classic production sound but also sounds like a modern digital recording just like a proper album should be with a warm sound that isn't sterile sounding.

There are a few flaws and this album is not perfect. The album was mastered with seventeen tracks so the long songs consist of five-six sections. This means that there is the two-second gap between sections. I think the vocals could have done with a bit more quality control. Steve Hogarth has always had a tendency to mumble the odd sentence in his vocal delivery and the album continues this quirk. I feel that final track 'Tomorrow's New Country' feels slightly out of place as it is part of The Leavers suite but tagged on at the end after 'The New Kings' but it is a lovely little piece of music so it had to go somewhere. Also, some people may miss the eight, nine and ten minute songs and the eight track albums but there are plenty of other Marillion albums for that.

In conclusion, I would certainly put this in my top five of favourite Marillion albums. In my list it would probably go in at number three, it is a better album than 'Sound's That Can't Be Made' and 'Anoraknophobia' but not as good as 'Marbles' and 'Afraid of Sunlight'. I would certainly give this album an eight out of ten.

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