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The Crow
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3 stars This album is better than "Radiation" in my opinion, but still far away from another great albums with Hogarth like "Brave" and "Afraid of Sunlight"...

I think it's in a similar quality level than "Holidays In Eden", for example, and the mixture of poppy tracks with another more progressive is similar too... But in my opinion, this album obviously showed the way wich the band would follow and improve 5 years later with "Marbles", because is a more classical Marillion's sound if you compare it with "Radiation" and of course, the most experimental "Anoraknophobia".

But the attempt of experimentation wich Marillion started with "This Estrange Engine" and "Radiation" is still here, and we can hear some experimental tracks like House, a kind of trip-hop / ambient track wich I don't like very much, because is very repetitive and boring, but it's still a respectable efforth by the band to make something different...

The album is, indeed, very variated. We have some poppy tracks with the Marillion trademark like Enlightened, Tumblin' Down The Years (beautiful lyrics and chorus) and Rich (one of the highlights of the album, very catchy song...) We also have some good rock tracks like Deserve (good sax here), Built-In Bastard Radar and A Legacy (good opener). The experimentation comes with Go! (my favourite track of the album, with great guitar playing and keyboards), Interior Lulu (a totally prog song with really great sections and rythm changes) and House (this song is the worst of the album in my opinion).

Conclusion: this is the best Marillion's album from the experimental trilogy "Radiation"/""/"Anoraknophobia". Indeed, is a pretty good album, with some really good tracks. Maybe you can miss a true classic like Gazpacho, Easter or Splintering Heart, but this collection of songs will surely please all Marillion's fans. But the hard prog-heads surely will not be agree...

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |


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