ARTIST:

MARILLION

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

MISPLACED CHILDHOOD

(1985)
LABEL:

EMI

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Neo
"Marillion signs with "Misplaced Childhood" the progressive rock record of the 80's that every fan of the style must have."
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Marillion completed the tour for "Fugazi" in December 1984, but far from taking a rest, the band went on and started new writing sessions immediately. The new album was recorded in Berlin, the demos were completed in February 1985, the songwriting having taken a week (you can discover these demos on the remastered version)! The album was recorded with Chris Kimsey at the controls between March and May 1985. For their new record, the band has chosen to follow the great progressive tradition by composing a concept album. This one deals with the passage from childhood to adulthood.

After a very nice intro, "Pseudo Silk Kimono", "Kayleigh" opens the album. The song had already been played on stage at the end of 1984. It is also the 1st single. It's an absolute hit, from Marillion and from rock in general. The music is simple and catchy without ever being raunchy. Moreover, Fish's lyrics are very inspired, like all along the record, a real classic.

"Lavander" follows without a break, the album being built like a puzzle, all the tracks fitting together harmoniously. This is the second single. It's a concise and sweet, melodic track that has a very strong chorus. "Bitter Suite" is longer and more progressive and is split into 5 parts. It is less direct, does not have this small pop side of the first two songs, but is nevertheless a great success. The part "Blue Angel" being particularly well done, Fish manages to make the listener travel in a very beautiful way and one feels that he lives his words fully. The whole is supported by a music of high class played by greatly inspired musicians.

"Heart Of Lothian" (3rd single) is more direct, quite epic and carried by a Fish with a more raw voice. It's a track in two parts, the second one being softer. The next two tracks are transitions that are basically used to move the story along, but they can't be set aside. "Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)" is powerful and features a beautiful melody.

With "Blind Curve" we are dealing with a long piece, also in 5 chapters. The whole is more prog and very rich musically with splendid solos on keyboards and guitar and a splendid central part. We can note once again the vocals filled with emotion as Fish fully lives his story.

With this record, Marillion goes one step further. Its music is even more fluid and inspired than on the first two albums. It is also more accessible but never commercial. "Misplaced Childhood" is a complete success from one end to the other, and the commercial success will also be quite phenomenal for this style of music.


More informations on http://www.marillion.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Pseudo Silk Kimono - 2:14
02. Kayleigh - 4:03
03. Lavender - 2:25
04. Bitter Suite - 7:56
05. Heart Of Lothian - 4:02
06. Waterhole - 2:13
07. Lords Of The Backstage - 1:52
08. Blind Curve - 9:30
09. Childhood's End ? - 4:22
10. White Feather - 2:25

LINEUP:
Fish: Chant
Ian Mosley: Batterie
Mark Kelly: Claviers
Pete Trewavas: Basse
Steve Rothery: Guitares
   
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