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2 stars Another attempt to mix the story of these two bands.

Some of the clips are worthwile looking at especially "He Knows, Yo Know" for its scary and weird mood (Fish being most of the time prisoner in a small cell and wearing a strait jacket, "Garden Party" is quite funny, with the five Marillion guys being featured as schoolboys making lots of jokes to the guests of a "Garden Party". But we won't get the usual "I' m" here. The party ending in a complete chaos.

"Kayleigh" is also interesting and emotional (since it is a personal moment of Fish's life). We'll also see the boy featured on the sleeve of "Misplaced" (even miming the lyrics at times).

During "Incommunicado", we'll get some Marquee footage. Some nostalgia here.

All these Marillion songs belong of course to their most commercial (pop / prog) side as it is a collection of singles. We'll get here and there some good ideas and nice effects; but nothing really great I must say. "Sugar Mice" is also very melancholic, featuring a desperate Fish hanging in a bar (a bit drunk) and looking at some photographs of his wedding and children. This is for the first part. The Marillion one.

Now, part two. Marillion Mark II, the other band featured on this video. The tone is completely different of course. Although "Hooks" is a good rock song, I have immediately the impression that Hogarth doesn't have a voice strong enough to perform these. He has to be confined in the mellow repertoire which, at times, really bores me.

The scenario for "Uninvited" is good and creative but I can still hardly believe the choice of the band to replace Fish. And I will never understand it. The more video footage I see, the more I am comfirmed in my opinion.

After "Sympathy" which is one of the best moments of the second band (but it is a cover) the last videos are really dull. Except "Beautiful" which brings a lot of nice and emotional images.

Even if the songs of the genuine Marillion featured here are not the best of their repertoire, they indicate that their frontman was brilliant and to a certain extent, unique. Needless to say that with Mark II, I do not have the same feeling.

This is for die-hard fans. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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