|Brand new studio album from prog rock legends, Marillion
Format: CD / Cat No: 0211248EMU / Released: 23/09/2016
Track Listing: 1. El Dorado (i) Long-Shadowed Sun / 2. El Dorado (ii) The Gold / 3. El Dorado (iii) Demolished Lives / 4. El Dorado (iv) F E A R / 5. El Dorado (v) The Grandchildren of Apes / 6. Living in F E A R / 7. The Leavers (i) Wake Up in Music / 8. The Leavers (ii) The Remainers / 9. The Leavers (iii) Vapour Trails in the Sky / 10.The Leavers (iv) The Jumble of Days / 11.The Leavers (v) One Tonight / 12.White Paper / 13.The New Kings (i) Fuck Everyone and Run / 14.The New Kings (ii) Russia's Locked Doors / 15.The New Kings (iii) A Scary Sky / 16.The New Kings (iv) Why Is Nothing Ever True? / 17.The Leavers (vi) Tomorrow's New Country
More information: This, the band's eighteenth studio album, features 5 brand new tracks – consisting of 17 parts - and the feeling within the band themselves is that they may well have produced their best ever work. Marillion has certainly not mellowed with age!
Whilst the album title itself is certainly provocative, it's not meant to be offensive. The title itself features as a line in the track “The New Kings” and is delivered as a plaintive falsetto. Steve Hogarth said, “We've used ‘F E A R' as a title with some relish, but only as it shows that we haven't shied away, but it's said with sadness. There are two basic impulses behind human behaviour: Love and Fear, and all the good stuff comes from love”.
“F E A R” sees the band taking on the big themes but they do not see it as their place to preach to people. “The New Kings” looks at the ravening beast that modern capitalism seems to have evolved into, “El Dorado” examines the notions of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK, “The Leavers” examines the impact of a transient life on the road for those constantly waving goodbye. The job is simple, says Hogarth, “We use the amazing privilege of having both a platform and an audience to encourage people to look in the mirror and ask themselves the big questions – by doing just that ourselves”. The album artwork shows the acronym “F E A R“ embossed on a gold ingot, and the songs themselves bear the hallmark of true quality.