"After the splendid debut-album "A script for a jester's tear" Marillion was embraced by the progheads, this band was their new hope and Fish was the musical messiah. I love that album but it has strong hints from mid-Genesis and often nailed for that by the venomous musical press. The new album "Fugazi" showcases a more own identity, more agressive and more direct. In my opinion Marillion had delivered their best album because of the very original compositions and the perfect balance between the vocals, lyrics, keyboards (lush and distinctive synthesizer runs) and guitar (very moving). Drummer Ian Mosley sounds superior to Mike 'ET' Pointer and bass player Peter Trawavas does his job very decent. This album was the definitive breakthrough for Marillion."(progarchives.com)
After the album-tour-album cycle of Script for a Jester's Tear, Fugazi, and the subsequent Euro-only release of Real to Reel, Marillion retreated to Berlin's Hansa Ton Studios with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey to work on their next opus. Armed with a handful of lyrics born out of a self-confessed acid trip, Fish came up with the elaborate concept for 1985's Misplaced Childhood. Touching upon his early childhood experiences and his inability to deal with a slew of bad breakups exacerbated by a never-ending series of rock star-type "indulgences," Misplaced Childhood would prove to be not only the band's most accomplished release to date, but also its most streamlined. Initial record company skepticism over the band's decision to forge ahead with a '70s-style prog rock opus split into two halves (sides one and two) quickly evaporated as Marillion delivered its two most commercial singles ever: "Kayleigh" and "Lavender." With its lush production and punchy mix, the album went on to become the band's greatest commercial triumph, especially in Europe where they would rise from theater attraction to bona fide stadium royalty.