TITLE: Script for a Jester’s Tear
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #175 US, #7 UK
SINGLES: He Knows You Know (#25 Mainstream, #35 UK), Garden Party (#16 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Fish, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Mick Pointer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A throwback to prog rock from the 70’s, this record sounds like a long lost Peter Gabriel-era Genesis album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Even with the punk explosion, the UK never lost its taste for progressive rock. Marillion was a definite throwback to the halcyon days of prog-rock, with longish songs and album length concepts.
Marillion’s lyrics are dense and full of metaphor, thanks to lyricist and singer Fish (Derek William Dick). They weave the words into songs and suites that do have some hooks and melody (they do surprisingly well in the singles chart), but at times wander on and on and cause the casual listener to lose interest.
Fish and company do sound like they’ve inhaled “The Musical Box” and “Supper’s Ready”, especially with the vocal work by Fish. But the seven tracks just seem to wander a bit too long, and are more mood music at times.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the first of a trilogy, which includes their next two albums.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, their debut single (including a 19-minute B-side) is appended.
GRADE: B-: It kind of bores me at times, but there are some interesting parts and pieces and melodies.