Released: February 7, 1994
Peak: -- US, 10 UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): --
Genre: neo-progressive rock
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Lyrics by Steve Hogarth and John Helmer; music by Marillion (Hogarth/ Kelly/ Mosley/ Rothery/ Trewavas).
3.804 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)
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About the Album:
“In a climate of constantly evolving trends in popular music, [Marillion] has maintained an identity as leaders in the echelon of progressive rock…Brave is a distillation of everything special about the band.” MB
“With all of their recordings, Marillion have offered consistently effortlessly expressive rock-pop of the highest caliber. More intricate and emotionally willing than previous recordings, Brave is an unashamed concept album that works on numerous levels. A return to the roots tempered with maturity and hindsight. The songs shine with a new vitality, as breathtaking as any previous release by the band.” MB
“Recorded at Miles Copeland's 14th-century chateau in Bordeaux in a block of two months of intensive work, Brave grew in body and wealth. Produced by Dave Meegan, the startlingly powerful and evocative recording addresses the concept of truth and the fact that truth has become more difficult to unravel than ever before. Vocalist and principal lyricist Steve Hogarth explains, ‘…I think we're in more danger than we ever were of losing faith in everything. Brave is about a loss of faith.’” MB
“The story which unfolds within Brave is fictitious, but it is based upon the real-life event of a teenage girl with amnesia found wandering on the Severn bridge, and her subsequent search for a past. The album is about how we get here, what we're doing here, what we're doing with our lives, and how the crumbling of the edifices on which we construct our sense of reality can radically alter our perception of life. Musically, the band mirror the uncertainty and confusion that dog the central character's trawl through her subconscious with baffling agility.” MB
“Within this soul-searching journey for identity, the album hits some timeless highs, especially in the gentle The Slide, the elegiac Now Wash Your Hands, and the heart-stopping The Great Escape,” MB the latter being “one of the most dynamic showcases for vocalist Steve Hogarth and guitarist Steve Rothery.” AMG
Brave “is a solid mix of symphonic tracks with a pronounced rock edge.” AMG It “is moody, ambient and graceful all at once. Certainly too much for a solitary listen, reveling in the reality that it is an album made without boundaries, rules or concern for fashionable acceptability.” MB It “remains the most complex Marillion release to date, with layers and layers of sound.” AMG
“On the question of being out of touch, guitarist Steve Rothery acknowledges, ‘Oh, we are totally! But then being in touch means having to immerse yourself in what's trendy that week. We don't chase fashionability.’ Keyboardist Mark Kelly added, ‘People don't like the fact that we're still around. We never set ourselves up to be trendy for five seconds. We exist outside of the scene. But we can laugh at ourselves.’” MB
“Be brave. It's okay to like Marillion.” MB
Notes: A 2-disc reissue includes non-album cuts "Marouatte Jam," "Winter Trees" (instrumental), and "Dream Sequence" as well as alternate versions of "The Great Escape" (2 versions – one of which is more than 32 minutes long), “The Hollow Man," "Along Again in the Lap of Luxury” (2 versions), “Runaway,” “Hard As Love,” and “Living with the Big Lie.”
Also, “a full-length movie of Brave, directed by Richard Stanley, was released in Europe in conjunction with the album.” AMG
In 2018, Brave was reissued as a box set with the original Dave Meegan album mix, the 2018 Steven Wilson remix, and a two-CD live set recorded on April 29, 1994 at La Cigale.
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First posted 3/14/2008; last updated 8/8/2021.