Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear 1983 Review by Time_Signature

English/British Prog Rock
While progressive rock had gone underground and the the progressive rock icons of the 1960s and 1970s had taken other musical directions, British Marillion were among those who kept progressive music alive 1980s, and carried on its high brow concepts, complex songwriting and, with Fish as the front man, its theatricality.

"Script for a Jester's" tear was both Marillion's debut album (they'd previously release a maxi single) and their breakthrough, and it is a release which is generally held in high esteem and considered an important milestone in the history of progressive rock. While I can certainly understand why "Script for a Jester's Tear" has received so much acclaim as it has, it does not really rock my boat as much as many other progressive rock releases do. That being said, "Script for a Jester's Tear" is a very good release, I think, with nothing but high quality progressive music on it.

All the songs on the album are quite long, ranging from around five minutes to around 8 minutes. And, being progressive music, they are not just long, but also complex with lots of parts, changes and some alternative takes on the 4/4 meter. That being said, the music is actually not overly technical, and only rarely do Marillion make use of odd time signatures and other things that are "exotic" to Western ears.

One of the reasons why "Script for a Jester's Tear" does not turn me that much on is the lack of guitar prominence (I am more of a guitar guy; and there are some very ... -> show full review
Comment by Mike
English/British Neo Prog Rock
I never had much love for the sound of the 80s ... I'm trying not to be biased, but it is hard. It's a very solid album, but even with the production, overly emotional vocals and clichee rock guitar aside I can't see what's so damn special about it.
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