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3 stars Opened with "A Legacy" (6:16) with heavy voice of Hogarth followed with guitar as well as bass, it gives the overall picture about the music the band offers on this "" album. The ending part of this track with Hogarth singing accompanied with acoustic guitar is a good one. "Deserve" (4:23) is an up-beat tempo pop song that reminds me to Marbles "Don' Hurt Yourself". Style-wise this second track is far from being prog rock, however, this is a nice track after all. "God" (6:11) brings the music into a space psychedelic style in slow tempo with guitar fills and keyboard serve as main rhythm section while bass guitar gives a solid line supported with drumbeats. This kind of music as well as the succeeding track "Rich" have been the characteristics of Marillion's music. Yes, they have gone from traditional neo prog music into this post modern prog music with some elements that remind us to the music of Cold Play.

"Enlightened" (4:59) has the same style with its previous track but it has excellent guitar solo work. Marillion has assembled their music style in such a way that it has the elements of nice composition, space psychedelic with floating style. Song like "Built-in Bastard Radar" (4:52) tries to explore in rock category with their own style. It's obvious as well with "Tumble Down the Years" (4:33) where the guitar playing style is more on a poppy style and give significant contribution to the overall texture of the music. What probably a true progressive track is "Interior Lulu" (15:14) - not because of its long duration - but it combines various music style with something that sounds like a latin music at the beginning (with solid bass lines). Hogarth gives his transparent voice beautifully accompanied with constant percussion and simple guitar fills. The tempo changes abruptly in a relatively fast tempo with great keyboard solo by Mark Kelly and suddenly stops into a quieter passage with different style. Overall, Interior Lulu is an interesting track to enjoy as we can go through different kind of musical ventures.

It's a good composition of music, packaged in a modern pop outfit with some prog touches. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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