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4 stars With more than a little embarrassment, I have to admit that I only just got this album, twenty-five years after its release. Up to now I have been a devoted fan of Marillion's follow-up album to this, Misplaced Childhood, but I had never heard this one. Now, after about 20 listens, I can see why so many people love it. It's definitely good 80's prog rock. All of the musicians are top notch, and the melodies thoughtful. The lead singer and lyricist, who goes by the name Fish, is a great poet and story teller (and yeller!)

Really, both this CD and Misplaced Childhood are variations on a theme. The story line for both is, Fish absolutely had his heart stomped on. Evidently, first by mummy & daddy, and then by a girlfriend (I wonder if it was Alanis Morrisette - since they were both equally devastated and outraged by their ex- lovers!) That, coupled with the hypocrisy and superficiality of modern society provides the material for all of the songs on these albums. This CD is really Part 1A of Fish's manifesto, and Misplaced Childhood is Part 1B.

That said - it's very good music and the emotions contained herein are perfect for the 20-something crowd - there's lots of righteous indignation. My favorite tune on this disc is Garden Party - great sardonic lyrics!

There's no question that this is the precursor to Misplaced Childhood, but is it better? I'm afraid not. Like with the Godfather movies, the sequel is better than the original. Still, this is an excellent album. It's their almost magnum opus. However, it's by far better than most music that came out in 1983, except for Come On Eileen.

This is definitely worth adding to your collection if you like progressive rock. . . . 4 1/2 stars

Mcgraster | 4/5 |


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