What does it sound like?:
When you see an album has a mere five tracks, and three of those clock in at between fifteen and twenty minutes in length, you know you are in serious prog territory. Welcome to Marillion’s new opus, the follow up to 2012’s Sounds That Can’t Be Made.
The epic opener El Dorado sets the tone – great lyrics and vocals from Steve Hogarth, while Steve Rothery’s guitar work has never sounded better, as the band muse with a sense of foreboding on the coming of impending storms, some natural, some man-made. Great stuff.
Living in FEAR, one of the two relatively shorter tracks along with White Paper (a rumination on the advancing of the years), has something of an earworm of a chorus, which should go down well when performed live later this year.
The Leavers is another long piece, dealing with the transient lifestyle of a band and their crew on the road. Great guitar accompanied by superb keyboards as the song progresses through its various sections.
The album closer, apart from a brief coda to The Leavers, is New Kings, which rails against capitalism, greed and the seemingly ever widening gap between the haves and have nots.
A challenging thought provoking album that showcases great musical and lyrical concepts, and reveals more with every listening.
What does it all *mean*?
This may well be Marillion’s finest hour – it’s certainly shaping to be among my top five albums of the year – and for those wondering, the title is an acronym for Fuck Everything And Run.
Goes well with…
Other post Fish Marillion albums, headphones and a few glasses of whatever takes your fancy.
Might suit people who like…
Prog,superbly executed and performed, albums from the great prog bands of the seventies – although this is actually a very modern sounding album.