Majalah Classic Rock edisi terakhir memuat MARILLION. Sayangnya, reviewernya ndak ngerti Marillion babar pisan! Gelo aja orang ini! Saya marah besar membacanya, mosok Fugazi termasuk album yang harus dihindari. Lha ini jelas salah kaprah dan kurang berpendidikan yang me-review. Gak tahu ya kalo di blog ini banyak penggemar Fish? Makanya dua hari lalu saya kirim email ke mereka. Mau dimuat atau tidak, ya urusan mereka. Tapi santai aja, ini kan jaman internet, saya muat aja di blog ini … biar orang tahu. Gebleg tuh reviewer! Ini surat saya ke majalah tersebut:
Dear Classic Rock
Thanks for featuring Marillion in Buyer’s Guide of October issue. Unfortunately there was a significant fallacy putting Fugazi under “Avoid” column, and it’s the only one in there. I think you should spin all fourteen studio albums (excluding compilations) and one EP (Market Square Heroes) to conclude on which album from Marillion that buyer should “avoid”. I do not think Fugazi will fall under this category. Fugazi has everything that prog music requires: dark, polyphonic tempo and varied styles. You have put Assassing from FugaziEssential Play List which really contradicts with your opinion about the album. If you look the album into detail, you will find the beauty of Incubus with its varied styles and ambient nuance, the great dynamics of Emerald Lies with pondering drum / percussions of Ian Mosley and powerful vocal by Fish; the catchy piano at intro of Fugazi (the track) followed with energetic music when Fish sings “Drowning in the liquid seas on picadilily line, rat race …”; the atmospheric She Chameleon and the mellow melodic Jigsaw. Oh by the way, Punch and Judy is a great rocker as well. So, tell me where in the album lies lackluster track??? None at all!!!
I truly believe that Marillion album under “avoid” column should be This Strange Engine or Somewhere Else. And, again, I do not understand you rate this lackluster Somewhere Else highly. It’s overrated. Or, if you count the new album Happiness Is The Road, it can be categorized under “Avoid” as well. But, definitely notFugazi. You should not judge an album by the short period of music making. FYI, Assassing was written during Script tour.
My review on “Fugazi“:
My review on “somewhere else” album:
Thanks & best regards,
Gatot Widayanto, Jakarta
Honorary Collaborator @ www.progarchives.com
This is truly OK:
This is OK too. Script is probably well suited into “Essential Classic”, I believe:
Under “Worth Exploring”, Somewhere Else should be taken out and replaced by Anoraknophobia because this album remarked their goodbye to neo-progressive. Somewhere Else is a lackluster in Marillion history, altogether with This Strange Engine. Putting Fugazi under Avoid is a fatal fallacy and must corrected because Fugazi is a great album. You should not judge an album from the duration it took to write the material! :
If you say Fugazi is an album one should “avoid”, why do you choose Assassing (from Fugazi) as a track in your Play List? This is definitely inconsistent! Or, actually you admit that Fugazi is a great album?!!
Updated 12 October 2008 (after reading Mr. Priyo J’s comments):
Classic Rock should do a “proper” costless research through Dr. Google. Mr Wikipedia puts the chart history like this:
|Year||Title||Billboard album 200||UK Top 100||RIAA||BPI|
|1983||Script for a Jester’s Tear||175||7||-||Platinum|
|1987||Clutching at Straws||103||2||-||Gold|
|1991||Holidays in Eden||-||7||-||-|
|1995||Afraid of Sunlight||-||16||-||-|
|1997||This Strange Engine||-||27||-||-|
|2008||Happiness Is the Road||-||-||-||-|