Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Album of the Day

Script for a Jester's Tear, by Marillion (1983): Holy cow - it's been 25 years since the most successful of the founding neo (i.e., "new") prog bands released their debut album. It's not all that new any more, but the prog mini revival that Marillion rode (along with groups like IQ, Twelfth Night, and Pallas) has had a long-lasting influence on the genre. As for the album itself, well, it's a little underdone. I like Conrad's line in the other Ground & Sky review that it "gets its indelible charm from its naivety." The band would go on to develop a richer and more interesting style, but the tunes on Script certainly served notice of what they could do.

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