This, the band’s eighteenth studio album, features 5 brand new tracks – consisting
of 17 parts - and the feeling within the band themselves is that they may well have
produced their best ever work. Marillion has certainly not mellowed with age:
Whilst the album title itself is certainly provocative, it’s not meant to be offensive.
The title itself features as a line in the track “The New Kings” and is delivered as a
plaintive falsetto. Steve Hogarth said, “We’ve used ‚F E A R’ as a title with some
relish, but only as it shows that we haven’t shied away, but it’s said with sadness.
There are two basic impulses behind human behaviour: Love and Fear, and all the
good stuff comes from love”.
“F E A R” sees the band taking on the big themes but they do not see it as their
place to preach to people. “The New Kings” looks at the ravening beast that
modern capitalism seems to have evolved into, “El Dorado” examines the notions
of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK, “The Leavers”
examines the impact of a transient life on the road for those constantly waving
goodbye. The job is simple, says Hogarth, “We use the amazing privilege of
having both a platform and an audience to encourage people to look in the mirror
and ask themselves the big questions – by doing just that ourselves”.
The album artwork shows the acronym “F E A R“ embossed on a gold ingot, and
the songs themselves bear the hallmark of true quality.