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5 stars I cannot imagine or a more artistic, mature, sensitive, well-played, or emotional album. "Marbles" is a staggering success from start to finish.

More so than any Marillion album to date, the band's unique blend of artistic accessibility is at the top of its game-- and has never sounded more refined. The songs on "Marbles" ooze emotive virtuosity, and offer more variety than any other of the band's albums; there are amazing sing-alongs and extended masterpieces throughout. Each member of the band reaches new heights on their instruments, with Rothery's guitar playing destroying expectations with his most powerful solos to date. Trewavas and Mosely sound their most in-sync as well, playing very interesting and rhythms driving the band's dynamic songs; Trewavas in particular plays with more gusto here than on previous albums, making "Marbles" sound more bottom-heavy and grandiose.

Although every member is top-notch, h's vocals are nothing short of soul- shattering; "Marbles" is his finest hour, and features his most awesome use of range of phrasing ever. "Invisible Man", "You're Gone", and "Neverland" have the power to bring tears to the listener's eyes. However, the epic "Ocean Cloud" (found only on the extended edition) is-- hands down-- the best Marillion song ever recorded. Even after a hundred listens it retains its gigantic scope and power; truly amazing.

Enough raving-- get it now or listen to it again!

Songwriting: 5 Instrumental Performances: 5 Lyrics/Vocals: 5 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |


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