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Misplaced Childhood [Bonus CD]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In search of the 'perfect album'? This one comes very close.

    This album inspired a master's thesis from a friend, and provided us with endless discussion, debate, and admiration. After all of these years, though out of touch with my friend's influence, I can still listen to it in awe, on headphones, blissed. This disc contains symbolism-enriched poetry, masterful musicianship and emotive singing and playing. (How Steve Rothery isn't listed in more 'favorite guitarist' lists is mystifying.) Listen to it through once, then again while reading the lyrics, and I'm confident that you will be hooked. The years haven't diminished its power, and originality. A 'must have' CD. Beautiful from the packaging and liner notes to the very last musical note.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my personal favorite album of all time

    Formed in 1978, Marillion didn’t have any chart success until October 1982 when “Market Square Heroes” scraped the bottom of the British charts at an unforgettable #60. With their first studio album, they soared into the top ten, as with the follow-up album and a live album after that, but comparable success with singles alluded them. That all changed with “Kayleigh.” Without betraying his lyrical prowess, lead singer Fish penned a commercial tune that went all the way to #2 on the British charts and proclaimed itself one of the best “I want you back” songs ever written. That song, and British top ten followup “Lavender,” fueled the album to the top in England and on American shores landed the band an opening stint for Rush. Childhood dares to traverse the dangerous ground of “concept album,” going so far as to not even insert breaks between songs. The result is a cohesive, focused, and seemingly autobiographical effort that takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride through the initial depression of a breakup, the subsequent acid-induced fall into the abyss, and the final realization that, as he sings in “Childhood’s End?,” “I can do anything and still the child/’cos the only thing misplaced was direction and I found direction/There is no childhood’s end.” The album shines brightest the middle, when the album’s focal character is falling apart. In “Blind Curve,” Fish sings, “it’s getting late for scribbling and scratching on the paper/Something’s gonna give under the pressure/And the cracks are already beginning to show/It’s too late.” In “Lords of the Backstage,” Fish explores the burden of maintaining a relationship under the stress of becoming a rock star, stating “a lifestyle with no simplicities, but I’m not asking for your sympathies/Talk, we never could talk, distanced by all that was between us/A lord of the backstage, a creature of language/I’m so far out and I’m too far in.” With Misplaced Childhood, Marillion not only pulls off their master stroke, but creates a classic that even the most celebrated bands would struggle to top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the all-time great albums

    At the pinnacle of their creativeness, Marillion produced one the all-time great albums. I've owned this on vinyl, casette, and two CDs now and would be lost without it's haunting and riveting melodies. I've always said that this would be either my first or second CD that I'd take with me if stranded on a deserted isle ... I know, I know, exactly HOW would I be able to play a CD on a deserted isle. If the Professor could keep that radio working on Gilligan's Island ... ;-) I guarantee that your money would be wisely spent if this CD was purchased.

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    Posted July 14, 2010

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