Reviewed by Nuno on 20 Dec 2001
I remember back in 1985, when I was 16, in High School we were 4 friends that listen to prog music. I mostly listen to Pink Floyd, the others listen to Camel, Moody Blues and BJH. But we had one band that really connected us together…Marillion.
Marillion has always been one of my favourite bands and all of their album from the Fish era are amongst my all time picks.
To talk about Fugazi is to use all superlatives I may find.
To make you understand how I still shiver every time I listen to this album may be an hard task, unless you are a Marilliondependent too…
Fugazi is an ultimate sonic experience, and for me the best Neo-Prog album ever to be released. I use it as ignition for my hidden strength to come out and help me pass the bad stressing days. The powerful, poetic and immensely mooding vocals, the perfect structuring of the songs, where all band members mark their presence with outmost brilliancy, Rothery’s compelling soloing, perfectly balanced between melody and intensity, the fantastic drumming by a Marillion rookie Ian Mosly , the almost unnoticed yet unflawed bass trip by Trewawas and the basing sometimes and highlight other times keyboard mastery by Mark Kelly, all making this so intense, so real…a total masterpiece!
The music is deeply meticulous. The changes in direction inside each song bring moments that constantly better the already divine set.
In fact this is an album that is prolific in terms of different rhythms, compositions and approaches.
Even if Misplaced Childhood seems more cohesive as an album, in this one Marillion put out all their capacities and tricks. There are songs where the intensity almost seems to be burning my soul.
To talk Fugazi is to talk about all this, plus the odd lyrics, full of double or hidden meanings, deeply intricate and hardly unfolded. They were an important part of the overall concept of Marillion, by that time.
I will not focus on any song in particular, for all album is tremendously good, even though I would point She Chameleon as my personal favourite, for the emotional status that it carries, and the tremendous vocal work of our friend Fish.
I will now resume this review, and I will not need to tell you to get this album because I am sure you all have it already. So my words are surely understandable for you.
Reviewed by DBSilver on 21 Dec 2001
I discoverd Marillion in the 90's - the revitalization of prog through this band completely bypassed me. Fortuanately I was living in Italy and was immersed in the Italian bands that were previously little known to me.
I like Misplaced Childhood more than Fugazi - it is more melodic, and more cohesive as Nuno remarks. But there are two standout songs here that simply could not fit on Misplaced Childhood and are favorites of mine and to use another of Nuno's words - they are intense. Those songs are Assassin and Punch and Judy. Hard rockers that expand the Marillion sound beyond the neo-prog label and both are fine demonstrations of Fish's skills as a vocalist.