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4 stars I only knew this EP once I had heard their first debut album "Script for a Jester's Tear". As an EP prior to full album release, it's yet another excellent collection of great songs the band has created. No question, I loved GRENDEL the first time I heard it. It's a story inspired by John Gardner book "Grendel". Well, don't ask me what the book is talking about because I'm not a novel afficionado. So, got no idea about which part of the book that inspires this track. Cuple of reasons why I loved "Grendel" the first time I listened to it, i.e. strong melody, easy for us as listener to emulate, simple yet wonderful composition where it has variety of tempo, nice keyboard and gutar playing and last but not least .. powerful voice quality by Fish. Some people reckon that this is a clone of Genesis "Supper's Ready". It's just simpler, I would say ...

"Market Square Heroes" did not really kick me the first time I listened to it. But, when I watch the "Recital of the Script" video .. I started to appreciate more about this track. This is a kind of track suitable for closing a concert, like "Starship Trooper" or "Roundabout" of YES. The version at "Real to Reel" as a continuation of Garden Party was also very nice and uplifting.

"Three Boats Down from a Candy" is really cool man. For those of you who like melodic music, this is your track mannnn...!!! I keep singing this track because it's nice and it's easy to emulate. Like a pop song but it's not really poppy I would say ...

Overall, this EP represents an excellent appearance of a just born prog band. Production and sound quality were not up to the standard. Musicianship also was not top class. Yet, it's great for your collection. Bravo Fish! - Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

Gatot | 4/5 |


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