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3 stars After the stellar and stunning debut, Script for a Jester's Tear, Marillion returned to the Studio and recorded this exceptional sophomore effort. Fish was nearing his peak as the lyricist for the group, Rothery was still becoming the great riffer he would become, the rhythm unit was never tighter, and the vocals are top notch as always. The only problem with this album is that some of the longer songs tend to drag in the middle, bringing down an overall great experience.

The opener became the leading single for the album. Assassing is arguably the best track of the album, with great lyrics and musicianship. Rothery really shines on this track, as does Mark Kelly. Punch and Judy and Jigsaw are both good tracks, but not great. They have good riffs and structure, but the music feels a bit generic with bland synths. The other two good tracks are Incubus, which although does drag a bit in the middle, has a great riff and chorus, and Rothery belts out a great solo that no one should miss. Fugazi, is another great song with awesome drumming, lyrics, vocals, and some great subtle solo work from Rothery.

Overall, this is what some like to call a Sophomore Slump. It has moments where it really shines, but then there are moments when it is hard to not get bored. Still, it's a good album from a great band. More good things were to come. 3.5/5

Cygnus X-2 | 3/5 |


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