Marillion – F.E.A.R. (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:08:10 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Rock
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British rock band Marillion, founded in 1979, have, over the course of 17 albums, become one of the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s and are still one of the most outstanding representatives of their genre. F.E.A.R. (or “Fuck Everyone And Run”), the band s eighteenth studio album, features 5 brand new tracks consisting of 17 parts – and the feeling within the band themselves is that they may well have produced their best ever work.
F.E.A.R. continues a late-career renaissance that began with 2004’s Marbles. It’s a totally uncompromising record; 68 minutes made up of just five lengthy songs with no obvious radio-friendly singles. Politically charged lyrics alternate between sadness and anger, and rich, layered instrumentation references common Marillion touchstones such as Pink Floyd and late-period Talk Talk, with the occasional hints of Van der Graaf Generator at their most grandiose and menacing. Keyboardist Mark Kelly is all over this record, going from electric piano runs to doom-laden organ, while Steve Rothery is also on top form with his evocative and lyrical guitar, exemplified by a wonderful solo on El Dorado. Things come to a climax with the The New Kings, which has singer Steve Hogarth railing at the state of the world and its corrupt, self-serving elites, all set to dark, intense music that’s as good as anything they have done. Quite possibly their best album in two decades.
01 – El Dorado (i) Long-Shadowed Sun
02 – El Dorado (ii) The Gold
03 – El Dorado (iii) Demolished Lives
04 – El Dorado (iv) F E A R
05 – El Dorado (v) The Grandchildren of Apes
06 – Living In F E A R
07 – The Leavers (i) Wake Up In Music
08 – The Leavers (ii) The Remainers
09 – The Leavers (iii) Vapour Trails In The Sky
10 – The Leavers (iv) The Jumble Of Days
11 – The Leavers (v) One Tonight
12 – White Paper
13 – The New Kings (i) Fuck Everyone and Run
14 – The New Kings (ii) Russia’s Locked Doors
15 – The New Kings (iii) A Scary Sky
16 – The New Kings (iv) Why Is Nothing Ever True?
17 – Tomorrow’s New Country