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MARKET SQUARE HEROES

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.90 | 117 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man

A very early Marillion recording. And a good one, as is their early days, there won't be any poor songs produced.

"Market Square Heroes" is a pop anthem of the band. A very pleasant number during their live performances. Of course, it has nothing to do with more structured and mature Marillion songs. But that was not the purpose : a solid chorus, strong rhythm. Just an introduction of the later Marillion.

In this respect "Three Boats Down From The Candy", is another "light" Marillion song but by no means weak. Poppy and melodious.

IMO, these two numbers were just an appetizer for the B-side. But what a side !

Yes, I belong to the ones who stopped listening to prog music in 1978. Till 1996.

The first time I listended to "Grendel" I was just breatless. I could not believe my ears. Of course, having been disconnected for so long of a music genre I had praised so much, converting several friends of mine to this music : I could have reacted as some of the people on this site and yelling for "plagiarism". Well, this was not at all my feeling. No. I was just in love. Period. This song is a true epic. Gorgeous lyrics, superb music, wonderful finale. Of course that "Finale" is almost a carbon-copy of "The Apocalypse" from the song you all know about.

But do we need some endless and intellectual discussions on the use of such a performance ? I just believe it is a great track. And to the ones who are horrified with the similarity of the mother of this one, I just can tell you this : don't be so harsh.

I loved "Supper's" (and still do of course). I discovered it in 1974. I knew every single second of it (lyrics included, which for a 15 years-old French-native-speaking guy was not particularly an easy task) and still, there is no harm for me to have Marillion produced "Grendel".

On the contrary. It is another song I will have played when I will pass away during the (garden) party that will follow my burial ceromony (the later, the better).

I do not own this EP as such but the whole of it is part of the fantastic Marillion's single compilation (82-88 of course). I am reluctant to give a five star rating to an EP but I just wanted to share my passion for "Grendel" with you.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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