Season's End

Season's End

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by Marillion
     
 

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After Fish's departure, Marillion teetered on the brink of collapse: The frontman's distinct voice and poetic prose made him the defining member of the band. One can only imagine how record executives held their collective breath as Steve Hogarth was brought in to take the reins. His first outing with band, 1989's

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After Fish's departure, Marillion teetered on the brink of collapse: The frontman's distinct voice and poetic prose made him the defining member of the band. One can only imagine how record executives held their collective breath as Steve Hogarth was brought in to take the reins. His first outing with band, 1989's Season's End, removed all doubts about the band's future. Hogarth's unique, expressive voice fit Marillion perfectly; on the full-throttle rock assault of "The Uninvited Guest" or the emotional "After You," Hogarth's singularity is unmistakable. The heartfelt "Easter," with its imaginative electric-acoustic arrangement, is another showcase for Hogarth's talents. Marillion's ability to write music whose ideals live and breathe in the listener continues on Seasons End, particularly on the inspiring "Holloway Girl," which dissects the injustice of incarcerating mentally ill female inmates (at England's Holloway Prison) instead of placing them in appropriate psychiatric facilities. The beautiful "Easter" is the band's plea for peace in Ireland, while "The King of Sunset Town" has its lyrical roots in the massacre at Tiananmen Square. Hogarth's flexible range and beautiful phrasing shine on the entire album. In 1999 Marillion released a remastered version of Seasons End, including a bonus disc of outtakes and alternate versions as well as the previously unreleased "The Bell in the Sea" and "The Release." Both are strong tracks and are welcome additions to the Marillion catalog. While 1995's Afraid of Sunlight is the peak of Marillion's growing, impressive body of work, Season's End shouldn't be missed either.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2000
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724352711826
catalogNumber:
5271182
Rank:
40342

Tracks

  1. The King of Sunset Town  -  Marillion
  2. Easter  -  Marillion
  3. The Uninvited Guest  -  Marillion
  4. Seasons End  -  Marillion
  5. Holloway Girl  -  Marillion
  6. Berlin  -  Marillion
  7. After Me  -  Marillion
  8. Hooks in You  -  Marillion
  9. The Space...  -  Marillion

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Season's End 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I listened to this cd I thought "What's going on here?" The smooth intro to "The King of Sunset Town" made me feel like something big was about to happen. And when it kicked into full throttle I felt like raising my fist and screaming! This was the sound of victory for Marillion. Even befor I heard Steve Hogarth's voice I knew Marillion had bridged the gap & were safe on the other side! Life after Fish had begun. This cd is very good by my standard. I was proud the band had made the transition into something fantastic. It's not Fish but it sure is good. The lyrics are understandable for once. The music feels & sounds fresh. There's nothing tense about it which tells me they probably had a lot of fun making this one. I score it 5 stars for Marillion! (I wonder what could of happened if The Doors scored a new singer? Let's face it, Jim & Fish have a lot in common!)