MARILLION - THE ALBUMS 1983 - 1984
ASSASSING - The band's second studio album opens with their second single from the set. It reached number 22 in the UK chart. A big and brash anthemic track that combines their unique Progressive style with Classic Rock and a pounding drumbeat. A powerful chorus and various vocals in his own inimitable style from Fish. A brilliant track and a big favourite of mine.
PUNCH AND JUDY - The debut single from this album that reached number 29 on the UK chart. This is a more familiar modern Progressive Rock track with its medieval styled backing. Still has a catchy chorus but its not as radio-friendly as the opening track but a classic to Marillion fans.
JIGSAW - A lovely slow ballad kicking into a mini Progressive Rock opera. So many changes in the song and vocals make this a brilliant experimental 6 minute jam. Keeps you captivated to the last.
EMERALD LIES - A mild, sprinkling soft intro until just after two minutes in when it kicks off into eeriness. The dark, weird backing threw me off this track, it had started so nice. Not a favourite.
SHE CHAMELEON - Soft vocals from Fish throughout with screeching guitars giving it a very Gothic Rock vibe.
INCUBUS - A variety of angry and calm vocals front an indulgent and uninspiring slow Progressive Rock backing, and at 8 minutes plus this is far too long to keep my attention.
FUGAZI - A great epic Rock trip to finish the album. With spoken parts, effects and a pounding backing with hints of Progressive, Classic and Gothic Rock. Superb end to the album with a little of everything that was Fish's Marillion.