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What stands out to me are the very passionate and emotional lyrics and singing from Marillion's lead singer Fish. From the opening "Pseudo" through to the closing "White Feather" he never misses a note. As a couple of points of reference I feel his vocal style is similar in delivery to Peter Gabriel and Elbow's Guy Garvey in places (Fish's emotion and control on the high notes is the big difference for me). The story feels like a very personal one and is conveyed with such power that I could only feel "wow, this is someone putting it all on the line and sharing their deepest emotions with the listener". I feel that nothing beats a band or artist who is truly writing, singing and playing from the heart, and believe in what they are doing - rather than for someone else or some other agenda. I often think of this album as a shining example of that. I believe that this is what makes this album (and indeed the Bands next - "Clutching at Straws" - 1987) a true classic.
The band sound incredibly tight and everyone gives a great performance - Fish, Steve Rothery - Guitar, Mark Kelly - Keyboards, Ian Mosley - Drums and Pete Trewavas - Bass (who would also join up with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) and Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) to form a superb "sideline" band called "Transatlantic" in 2001). There are so many highpoints on this album (eg "Kayleigh", "Lavender" (the transition between these two songs is stunningly beautiful), and "Heart of Lothian".Read more ›
Typical of neo-prog, Misplaced Childhood features lush musicianship but without the grandiosity and sophistication of a "true" progressive rock band. Some prog rock fans find Marillion (and the genre) boring. But this album is challenging from a thematic standpoint, and musically it is engaging because it dexterously straddles the line between low-key prog and enterprising pop/rock. The result is an album that attains a remarkable element of accessibility, but concurrently it fairly repays the intensive time it demands for the album to truly sink in and expose its greatness. This album is seductive, musically and especially lyrically; the songs compels exploration. The sonic surfaces are stylishly sad, but it's infectious at the same time. The album ends with "White Feather," a song with a hopeful note. It leaves you feeling good.
To conclude simply, if you're a neo-prog fan or an intelligent rock fan, I recommend picking up Misplaced Childhood.
This is a concept album, composed after the progressive rock style. This is a intelligent, variable, engaging music. The musicianship is superb; the songwriting is oustanding; and the lyrics are mesmerizing. I own many (if not all) Marillion albums, and "Misplaced Childhood" stands out far above the rest, in my opinion. This album is simply brilliant.
All the songs flow together so that they sound like one continuous piece of music. The moods range from gentle introspection to agressive defiance. Fish passionately sings lyrics that are often cryptic but allow the listener to conjure up his/her own individual interpretation or images of what each song is about. Other songs, such as "Kayleigh," are more straight forward lyrically, dealing with more obvious themes. And the band adds beautifully to Fish's words, creating a variable and always appropriate musical ambience.
You simply have to listen to all songs on this album in order in their entirety to get the full magnitude of Marillion's work. Every song is unique. Every song is majestically performed. Every song contributes to the magnificence of this album.
I cannot say enough good about this disc. I LOVE IT!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Impressive lyrics from Fish. Certainly, Genesis is an influence, but this is a top quality album on its own. Needs to be listened to several times to fully digest it.Published 26 days ago by Pedro M. Morales Gomez
I bought this cd because it reminded me of my teen years. I really like the songs Kayleigh, Lavender Blue and Freaks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellbee
I've been updating my music and didn't have this digital copy, I liked the album when it first came out and still do, if you like this style of music you'll love Marillion.Published 3 months ago by steven lupinski
I've loved this album for years. I have it on vinyl, but wanted a digital copy that was not converted from analog. For the right audience, this is awesome British rock!Published 5 months ago by N2Photos
Dark, moody and polished, the classic lineup of Marillion at their artistic peak.Published 11 months ago by Wise Guy