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MARKET SQUARE HEROES

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.90 | 117 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars When this maxi-single was released in 1982 I was part of a group of friends that were fanatic 70-77 Genesis fans. One day a member of that group had bought Market Square Heroes, he organised a meeting on which we were asked to give our opinion about this new band from the UK. We were not really impressed by the title track and the song Three Boats Down From The Candy but the epic composition Grendel caused very mixed feelings and opinions, from euphoric moods to sarcastic remarks. I belonged to a small majority that nailed it because of the obvious hints to Genesis their epic composition Supper's Ready during Apocalypse in 9/8 in the second part. It was pure arrogance and a very narrow-minded view when I look back on my reaction in those days because apart from that part, most of Grendel delivers the exciting elements that made early Marillion such a fascinating band: strong and emotional vocals, compelling lyrics, wonderful, very flowing and sensitive electric guitar and tasteful and often sensational work on keyboards. The weak point was drummer Mick Pointer, too tight and simple and for me no surprise that ex-Trace drummer Ian Mosley replaced him soon. I have to say that Grendel sounds a bit pompous but especially on DVD (the visual aspect is an extra dimension) it's still impressive. But this maxi-single showcases a Marillion that sill had to mature ... and they did!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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