Script For A Jester's Tear (studio album) by Marillion

Script For A Jester's Tear by Marillion
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 1,021st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 225 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1983 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (155th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,021st)
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Script For A Jester's Tear is ranked 2nd best out of 38 albums by Marillion on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Marillion is Misplaced Childhood which is ranked number 585 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,197.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 225 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.9/100, a mean average of 75.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.4.

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From 08/27/2021 11:33
As a first album this is nothing short of stunning - it is so passe to compare early Marillion to Genesis. The lyrics from Fish are more akin to poetry than mere song lyrics. Sometimes I wonder how much of their genius are lost on a non-UK audience given the amount of cultural references they contain.
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90/100
From 09/07/2019 18:41
In my opinion there are two Marillion's and they are both quite different yet I like them both in equal measure for different reasons. The early Fish led era was as progressive as early Genesis and this album in particular is a prog masterpiece that seems to slip under the radar of most prog album reviews. The title track and 'Forgotten Sons' are up there with 'Watcher Of The Skies' and 'Suppers Ready'. The album artwork is equally up there with some of the top prog album covers of all time so on this basis, coupled with the musicianship, lyrics and vocals, my score can be nothing other than high!
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From 08/22/2019 14:27
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Who more agree this is the best marillion album?
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From 05/12/2018 11:19
In the contrary to most opinions, I feel that Fish era Marillion have their right to be considered apart from Genesis. TBH I enjoy them more. This album, their debut, may not be as even as their follow ups but it has some fantastic guitar and keyboard riffs and Fish's vocals are as smart and bombastic as always. The title track should be considered an all-time rock classic.
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From 08/04/2016 21:53
The first band I ever saw live (Real to Reel tour) so I have a real soft spot for Fish led Marillion. Excellent and accomplished debut with six strong tracks. Obviously influenced by early Genesis but bettered by Fugazi, IMO, but only just.
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95/100
From 12/24/2015 00:15
Brooding and pulsating, with vivid, heart-pumping imagery.
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From 08/27/2015 16:49
Great album, amazingly deep and meaningful songs, ambiance created and fish voice is scary good. Genesis would be proud of his little brother :)
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From 11/09/2013 18:12
If the 1970-1975 Genesis lineup would have remained intact and evolved, this is what they would have sounded like in 1983. Vocalist Fish is an original, however one cannot help but recall Peter Gabriel. Too bad 70s prog-rock did not sustain full momentum into the 1980s. This might have been one of many quality 80s prog-rock albums instead of one of a few.
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2. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
3. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order
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7. Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits
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