||El Dorado (i) Long-Shadowed Sun||Marillion||1:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||El Dorado (ii) The Gold||Marillion||6:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||El Dorado (III) Demolished Lives||Marillion||2:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||El Dorado (IV) F E A R||Marillion||4:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||El Dorado (V) The Grandchildren of Apes||Marillion||2:35||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Living In F E a R||Marillion||6:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Leavers (I) Wake Up In Music||Marillion||4:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Leavers (II) The Remainers||Marillion||1:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Leavers (III) Vapour Trails In the Sky||Marillion||4:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Leavers (IV) The Jumble of Days||Marillion||4:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Leavers (V) One Tonight||Marillion||3:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||White Paper||Marillion||7:18||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe New Kings (I) F**k Everyone and Run||Marillion||4:22||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The New Kings (II) Russia's Locked Doors||Marillion||6:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The New Kings (III) A Scary Sky||Marillion||2:33||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The New Kings (IV) Why Is Nothing Ever True?||Marillion||3:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Tomorrow's New Country||Marillion||1:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
A Mesmerising Masterpiece
FEAR opens with the cool acoustic breeze of Long-Shadowed Sun (Part i of Eldorado) where Hogarth pines for the England of his youth before we're sucked into the vortex of Eldorado's subsequent sections by Mark Kelly's Clockwork Orange-like keyboard setting the tone nicely for an album full of rich and textured music with vocals railing against an increasingly selfish, greedy and isolationist world.
The climax of the album is New Kings, as close to perfection as an almost 17 minute track has the right to be. Released ahead of its live debut in July for those lucky enough to have signed up for the album pre-order. New Kings, as the name suggests, has Hogarth focusing his rapier-like lyrics on the invisible and unelected bankers, industrialists and oligarchs that pulls the world's strings from behind tinted, mirrored glass.
The Leavers resonates with the guilt that a musician, or anyone that travels far from their family on a regular basis feels. Its countered with the selfish longing to be back on that very same road when life at home becomes too mundane for a restless soul.
Living in FEAR and White Paper both sit comfortably on the album, but could quite happily stand alone, the former for its optimism and the latter for its haunting beauty tinged with regret.
FEAR might be their eighteenth studio album, four years in the making, but it delivers the sound of a band so comfortable in their own skin that it takes you on a 68-minute journey of sublime music that you never want to end. So lay back, slip on your headphones, and let the FEAR wash over you again and again.
Masters of Prog Rock have done it again!
This is arguably their best album since Marbles. There are no bands any more than can compose 15+ minute songs with such a level of quality in sound and lyrics and with the additional protest component about inequality and injustice in today´s world. Hats down to the best prog band in the world. It is a masterpiece that should catapult them into the long awaited and well deserved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
One of the best in their entire discography
I have been able to enjoy F E A R a little early through the pre orders and it has been a wonderful gift of a work of art crafted with the confidence of experience and the warmth and glow of being deeply in love with what they do. On my first few listens I adored 'Living in F E A R', 'The Leavers' and 'White Paper', but it is strong from the first note to the last, impeccably recorded and wonderfully performed. It is a record that tackles hard subjects relevant to our day and age in a macro scale as well as the issues of touring life in their own, more intimate space, and it succeeds in the entire spectrum.
Formed: 1979 in Aylesbury, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s