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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Marillionīs first post Fish album was a shock for most fans. Released in 1989 it showed the band taking a more pop/alternative turn, leaving much of their prog roots behind. At the time I hated the record. It sounded to me like nothing Marillion has done before. It looked like they decided to be another AOR band like, say, Foreigner. A few months later Fish released his solo effort, the brilliant Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, which sounded much more like Marillion than Marillion in Seasons End. I was so disgusted I sold the LP a couple of months after I bought it. I gave up upon Marillion for many years after that. The band was finished for me since Clutching At Straws

Things would remain the same until 1997, when a friend of mine put a cassette recording of Marillionīs Made Again live album during a car conversation. I was impressed by some of the stuff and decided to give the band another shot. That brought me back, in the end, to Seasons End. By the new millennium I was able to see Marillion with Steve Hogarth as entire new band. If you donīt compare their earlier work and youīre not a pop music hater, then you can enjoy it. I did, at least in parts.

In fact, I found the record to be very good, specially what was the vinyl's first side: King Of Sunset Town, the beautiful ballad Easter, the rocking Uninvited Guest and, specially, the title track (one of the only two real prog songs in the album). Things got a little worse by the second side: Halloway Girl is a weak pop song and Berlin has that alternative/pop structure that goes nowhere (unfortunately it showed the path Marillion would follow in the next years), but the very worst is Hooks In You, a Bon Jovi pastiche hard rock, one of the few Marillion songs I canīt stand hearing it even today (and, no, I donīt hate Bon Jovi!). Fortunately, the last track is The Space, a fantastic prog piece that starts slowly, building up to a great climax, showing off Hoggarthīs best vocal performance to this day. Great tune!

So, I found this record not to be the crap I once called it, neither the essential masterpiece few (very few) praise. It has some very fine songs, at least two of them excellent, but, please, just donīt compare Seasons End to any Fish era CD. From then on Marillion became a completely different band (I heard they even considered a change of name at the time) and things would never be the same again, like it or not. I rate this record now 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |


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