Friday, 16 January 2015

Easter (Marillion, 1989)

This is a very popular prog song, and that's saying something. In fact, it isn't a trivial song at all, displaying a somehow original architecture, with a first section reminding me of a folk ballad and the second one a more lively and uneven finale, plus a guitar solo bridge between them. The sung part is sweet and catchy, but also very well arranged, blending a 12 string guitar and the keyboards, while the rythm section gently stresses Hogarth's vocal performance. 

This single peaked at number 34 of UK Charts.
 
Then, Steve Rothery offers a splendid dreaming guitar solo, the aforementioned bridge, actually an emotional peak of the song. The last parti is leaded by H's vocalizations, with the whole band coming in to build a mid-prog mid-pop effect. The lyrics are about Northern Ireland conflict and I think they're one of the best ones in Marillion's discography. In its variety, this really is a great song, IMHO, one of those rare progressive tunes some purists contemptuosly criticize and irresistibly sing along.