Marillion's second outing Fugazi released in 1984 is actually my favorite Marillion-album. Musically it's a definite step up from the debut not only thanks to the new and excellent drummer Ian Mosely but the band as a whole had developed and refined their skills.
I won't debate the fact that this is, without question, Marillion (read Fish) at their most dramatical and the lyrics are, to say the least, pretentiously crafted. But if you like a bit of drama in the most poetic sense then this is the thing for you.
The break up-theme from the title track of the first album is taken to extremes on this one so if you're looking for something uplifting and peppy maybe this is not the best place to look. The only weakness (imho) on this album is the mixing which makes the sound a bit cold and thin.
The strongest tracks are without a doubt "Incubus" and the title track "Fugazi" but the sinister "Emerald Lies" is another personal favorite. This album gets my highest recommendations and please do not get scared away by the "neo-prog"-staple if you would happen to be a "prog-puritan". This is premium quality.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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