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MARBLES

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.09 | 1061 ratings

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FranMuzak
5 stars BEST OF HOGARTH ERA

I really liked Brave and Afraid Of Sunlight, but i believe this overpasses them. It usually happens to me that when the harder to get into an album the better becomes with time. I had some mixed feellings at the begining, but they where slowly clearing up with each listen.

Definitively CD 1 is the best but the slight flaws on the CD 2 donīt affect my apreciation of this fantastic release, wich remains in my top ten of all time.

Thereīs no better way to start than with "The Invisible Man", a very dark atmosphed song with an intelligent touch of Mr. Rothery. The" Marbles" songs work perfectly as a conection for the rest of the tracks, making it feel almost like a concept album. "Genie" is the weakest on this CD, but is not real bad. There comes "Fantastic Place" , a melancolic ballad in the classic Mr. h almost crying singing style. Stunning! "The Only Unforgivable Thing" keeps the mood of the record, very enjoyable. And what a way to end the first part of Marbles: "Ocean Cloud", an epic masterpiece with different passages, obscure and powerful, one of the best and most progressive songs in all Marillion history.

Second CD is a little bit more accesible, with some pop moments in the way of Anoraknophobia or Holidays In Eden, but it really stands on its own. Songs like "Donīt Hurt Yourself" and "Youīre Gone" bring the more comercial side of the band, but not bad tunes at all. "The Damage" is probably the one i like the less on the whole album, while "Drilling Holes" has a clear Beatlesque style. "Angelina" and "Neverland" are the best on this second part and make the full CD 2 almost reach CD 1īs level.

The mixure of styles, yet cohesive; the darkness of its atmosphere, yet hearted, and the strong structure of the whole album brings a brilliant piece of work that will be hardly surpassed by future releases of the band (or many bands).

A MUST for Marillion and Neo Prog fans and a very enjoyable listening for most Prog aficionados.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 5/5 |

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