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MARKET SQUARE HEROES

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.90 | 115 ratings

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wtmoore
4 stars I feel I should say before I properly start, that I do not own the EP and I base my review upon listening to the 3 tracks featured here on disc 2 of the remastered 'Script for a Jesters tear'. Upon listening and rating upon these tracks I would say this Ep is a 4.5 star effort. The first song and title track, Market Square Heroes is a bland song, nice pop but easily forgettable. 5.5/10.

The second track 'Three Boats Down from the Candy, starts weak, but grows into a very nice ending. The only problem I have with this track is I bought the remastered 2cd disc of 'Fugazi ' first and this track is so much better and more comlete I would say. Still a good effort. 7/10

But then I come to the magnum opus if you like. This track is amazing. Now I have to confess, I am not a huge Genesis fan. Yes I own all the Gabriel era albums, but I never play them. I heard Grendel first and was blown away. But when I discovered this site, many reviewers, even those who gave high marks, thought this was a blatant copy of Suppers Ready.

I did not know, I had only listened to the first halfa minute of Suppers Ready. This was because when the Platinum Collection came out when I was 15 and my dad lent it to me. I hated every track on 1 and 2 except for 'Jesus he Knows Me. When I got to disc 3, I was looking at the time lengths and of course being 15 I went straight to Suppers Ready. Got bored after about 1 minute.

Then, by accident, I discovered Marillion, and in particular the album Fugazi. (The album I see as the best of any band ever). I was blown away. This was when I started to get into prog rock. Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, King Crimson/ IQ/ Pallas and of course Genesis.

Intitially, the only reason I bought a Genesis album in the first place ( Foxtrot ) was to see whether a song I fell in love with was in fact a copy. I went straight to this song (Suppers ready) once I opened the packaging and I got to Apocalypse in 9/8 and I could not understand what all the fuss was about. Yes it was similar, Grendel did have small part of the song with a resemblance to an even small er part of a Genesis song, but no way does this make it a copy of songs or even a band clone. One reviewer said it was embarrassing.

Gredel is undoubtably a better song than Suppers Ready. Marillion a better band than Genesis. And yes they id sound similar, but the words JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON come to mind whenpeople continualy say it is a clone.

Let me ask this, is the opening part and its chorus Earth Rim Walker seeks his meals, is that a clone. No. What about the Hounds freeze in terror part, is that a clone. No. Isthe wonderful guitar solo after the blood flow section a copy. No. Is the blood flow section a blatant copy. Not in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong both are good songs but neither have any real resemblence to them whatsoever.

Grendel 10/10- Great track, should gives this EP a 5 star rating on its own. Brilliant

However I can't give 5 stars because of the first two tracks ( maybe if the Fugazi version were on here I would but 4.5 stars really

wtmoore | 4/5 |

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