Album Review: Television – Marquee Moon (1977)

On my “to-be-reviewed” list was the album Marquee Moon, a classic of the punk-rock era. However, fellow blogger Ovidiu Boar over at Tangled Up In Music reviewed it recently and did a nice job. I asked him if I could re-blog it and he was cool with that. Plus having a guest blogger will save me from A) carpal tunnel and 2) having to think.

The only thing I’ll add to his review is that I read somewhere that these guys rehearsed this album relentlessly. Anyway, without further ado, here’s his review.



Rating: 10/10

To dub Television as guitar wizards is to undersell them. Not because Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd could ever be accused of not mastering the instrument – they prove themselves as early as the album’s first riffs. And not because Marquee Moon couldn’t be classified as a guitar album – it undoubtedly centers around the interplay and exchange of leads between the two players. But at the same time, it is so much more than that. It is simply put, a case of an album where everything comes together, where every element is in its right place. It reads like a finished puzzle, which is crazy considering that it was only the band’s first effort.

Take Venus for example. The guitar parts are a serious contender for the album’s prettiest, but a lot of the magic has to do with just how well they blend in with the…

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