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Brave [CASSETTE] [Import]

Marillion Audio Cassette
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation for blistering live shows which have earned them an impressive and faithful global fanbase.

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (original lead-singer, "Fish", having departed in 1988).
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  • Audio Cassette (4 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B00000EEEX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired! 10 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first two albums under new singer Steve Hogarth had seen Marillion move more in a "pop" direction and become less and less the "progressive" band of their roots. So by the time Brave was released, many fans of the Fish era had abandoned the band. Marillion were by this point recording for a much smaller fanbase. Brave saw the band make a much unexpected return to progressive rock. It is a concept album that explores the life of a young girl and examines the problems that lead to her attempted suicide. In my opinion, the album is simply brilliant. It is deep, richly textured throughout, shows Marillion's musicianship used to best effect, features some of Steve Rothery's best guitar playing and the concept is strong enough to stand the scrutiny of an entire album. The opening track, Bridge, takes you to the incident of the attempted suicide itself, and almost all of the rest of the album attempts to explain why she was driven to it. Living With the Big Lie details her distrust of the establishment; Runaway actually encompasses much of her story in one song; Hard as Love is about the difficult emotion that love can be (and is actually one of Marillion's hardest rocking tracks); The Hollow Man is about the feeling of loneliness and how fragile an individual is when nobody cares about them (though Hollow Woman would have been a more apt title considering the stroryline! Read more ›
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 27 Jan 2003
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite album from any band and I don't say that lightly. However it didn't start off that way. After Holidays In Eden - with blow-you-away tracks like Waiting To Happen and 100 Nights - I felt a little disappointed on the first play, perhaps because I didn't see a clear highlight or obvious singles. It felt like Misplaced Childhood minus Kayleigh and Lavender.
But then, once you get to know Misplaced Childhood, you soon realise that the rest of it is worth much more than those two commercial singles, and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. And so it is with Brave, only more so. You need to understand and accept that before you can get the most out of it, and I am so glad I kept playing it.
The story is powerful and emotive, filled with pain and handled intelligently, and the music follows it. Like a good book, there is something new in Brave every time I listen to it, even after nearly ten years. This contains some of the best guitar work Steve Rothery has done, and Steve Hogarth really shows his worth here. Musically it is nothing short of a masterpiece. No other piece of music inspires anger, fear, compassion, empathy, hatred, pain, isolation and finally understanding as Brave, at least for me. Only The Cure's Disintegration comes close.
Don't expect something you can dance to or commercial throw-away pop. If you want to feel as well as listen, this is for you. But a word of advice: before you make the slightest judgment on Brave, listen to it at least ten times - and that means give it your undivided attention each time. It's worth it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mona Lisa of the music world 25 Nov 2005
By Gellit
Format:Audio CD
I find it hard to comprehend how I failed at first to notice the astounding brilliance of this album. On first lisening I have to say I was totally underwhelmed, expecting more in the vein of Holidays in Eden and Seasons End. However, possibly because I thought there was something in there worth listening to, but more likely because Marillion had not released anything for a couple of years and I was craving new music I kept on playing it, and playing it, and playing it. Soon I couldn't stop playing it and I started getting to know it (even the confusing 8 or 9 minute parts) and I fell totally in love with its blissfully sublime music.
After 12 years that is still pretty much where I am today. Every play of the CD is a special event, I can't put it on if I might be interrupted or if I have company, and every play I love it more and more. Music does not come any more evocative and truly special.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 8 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Your band with its new singer has failed big time to recreate the commercial success you enjoyed a few years before. What do you do? Try and airbrush the image even further in the hope of one last ditch attempt at fame? Decide to call it a day and retire to a life of guest appearances and solo projects? Or do you put two fingers up to the whole thing and decide to return to the essence of what you were trying to do in the first place?! Marillion took the latter course and ended up producing the most admirable work of their career.

Brave takes inspiration from a report of a lost girl with amnesia on a bridge and extrapolates a background of abuse, loneliness, need and want. The lyrical narrative is encapsulating and the music ebbs and flows with the story. Dark and mysterious soundscapes build into monumental outpourings of emotion. Moments of contemplation erupt into vicious floods of rage.

The only fault of Brave (if there is one) is that to be truly appreciated it needs to be listened to as an album - however good each individual track is it can never sound as powerful alone as when heard in conjunction with the whole piece.

The title of this album is highly appropriate - you'd have had to have been brave (or just plain mad) to have released a concept album at the exact moment Britpop was kicking into life. But in a way it worked as a career move showing the depth this band have and allowing them to take the creative direction that has produced so much. Brave might not be quite as good as its follow up, Afraid of Sunlight - but that's akin to saying Revolver isn't quite as good as Sgt Pepper. If you only decide to own one Marillion album this should be it. But be warned: if you get into Brave it certainly won't be the only one you'll end up owning...
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love love the music the words of this teamed album
Published 5 hours ago by S. A. Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece - a must buy
Best thing I've heard in years. I didn't want to ever get into Marillion, and this goes back to their first album...too Genesis for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. S. GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of their best albums ever!
Published 2 months ago by jayne smith
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
marillion are just one fo the best groups around. this album shows them to there upmost. this is really a must
Published 4 months ago by anthony mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concept albums ever made. Magnificent!!
Brave is probably the best album written by Marillion. Both the story (based on fact) and the music are simply breathtaking. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jododo
5.0 out of 5 stars Marillion are masterful melodic musicians
I bought this at the time and never particularly liked it, prefering the stark Fish era. Gradually, I converted over to post-Fish with Afraid of Sunlight, which, that very track I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Le Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album of A Lifetime
Why am I reviewing this album.... so many will have more intelligent things to say than I.... But with every review on amazon this album only scores an average of 4 stars... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. M. J. Withers
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The best album in the Hogarth era bar none. I rate it up there with pink floyds the wall as a concept album.
Published 18 months ago by MikeRF
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave a good album
I found Brave to be as i expected, a concept album about a runaway girl

Always knew it was a good album folllowing the good reviews.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. K. Whitham
5.0 out of 5 stars Marillion's masterwork
Ignore all the negative reviews of this album it is marillion's masterwork. It is utterly sublime and is brilliantly written, performed and produced By without prejudice superb.
Published 23 months ago by Mr. S. Chaplin
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