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Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation for blistering live shows which have earned them an impressive and faithful global fanbase.
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B00004UFTV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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1. Hotel Hobbies
2. Warm Wet Circles
3. That Time Of The Night (The Short Straw)
4. Going Under
5. Just For The Record
6. White Russian
7. Incommunicado
8. Torch Song
9. Slainte Mhath
10. Sugar Mice
11. The Last Straw: Happy Ending

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On Clutching At Straws, Marillion have a harder, more guitar dominated sound than on Misplaced Childhood. Steve Rothery's guitar work is excellent, even if he borrows heavily from U2's "Gloria" riff in "Just for the Record." The songs are more compact, which suits Marillion's writing style. Despite the more conventional song structure, the band really manage to evoke a variety of moods very effectively. EMI. 2001.

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If you like albums that get better with multiple listenings,this one's it.
Rich Wilke
If you are new to Marillion I would suggest; Script For A Jester's Tear, Misplaced Childhood and Clutching At Straws as a good place to start.
Beandog
While I loved Misplaced Childhood the songs on CaS seem a lot tighter both musically and lyrically.
Rick Foster

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Merritt on July 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Marillion is one of rock's great undiscovered treasures, and it would almost be a shame for that to change at this point. Though they've been in existence for nearly 30 years and released well over a dozen studio albums, they've never approached a real commercial breakthrough in the States. Yet their shows here sell out, their appearances here are events, and their American fanbase is as tightly bound as any collection of Deadheads, a devout and diverse brethren who revel in their select citizenship on one of prog rock's little-known islands.

For the uninitiated, "Clutching At Straws" is an historically relevant and musically accessible place to dive into the pool and test the water. Released in 1987, this was Marillion's 4th album, and their last with the original singer, Fish. By '89 Steve Hogarth was manning the mike. Hogarth has gone on to lead the band far longer than his predecessor, yet there is a contingent of fans who cling to the "real" Marillion; Fish's Marillion. While I don't take it this far, I find this brand of devotion easy to understand whenever I revisit this album.

Like most of Marillion's work, "Clutching At Straws" is conceptual. Expanding the theme of growing up too fast that was at the core of 1985's "Misplaced Childhood," "Straws" examines the trappings of adulthood, responsibility, and the temptation to drown one's sorrows. The sleeve-art depictions of multiple artists who died young (including John Lennon, Dylan Thomas, and Lenny Bruce) would suggest that "Straws" is about the excesses of success, but a close listen to Fish's lyrics reveals an everyman story; the guy 'in his cups' at the end of the bar could be a millionaire, or he could be an out-of-work joe; alcoholism isn't picky.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beandog on October 4, 2006
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I have always loved Marillion's music as an escape. The storytelling of the songs and the incredible musicianship have the ability to take you away from whatever may be kicking around in your head. Yes, I am partial to the group's work with Fish over Steve Hogarth - who does a good job in his own right. Fish's lyrics and the way he sings them make you feel the emotion, whether it's anger or sorrow or anything in between. Musically this album probably isn't as diverse as some of their earlier work, but the playing is superb and does not disappoint.

Just like any Marillion album, this one is best when listened to as a whole. Some favorites include: Hotel Hobbies, Warm Wet Circles, That Time Of The Night, Just For The Record, Slainte Mhath and Sugar Mice.

If are a fan of progressive rock or just great storytelling and music, this is a must have. If you are new to Marillion I would suggest; Script For A Jester's Tear, Misplaced Childhood and Clutching At Straws as a good place to start.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Newton Sgobbi on April 1, 2006
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For me, as good as "Misplaced Childhood" or even better.

Artistic evaluation has obviously some (or much) of subjectivity, but I really changed my opinion on this album after had heard it a couple of times. Conceptual but not boring, played technically near to perfection, and Fish singing with passion. Worth the listening, worth any comparison to other Marillion's outputs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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Clutching at Straws is simply the best album ever released. So why not buy it again, remastered and with a bonus disc featuring very rare tracks. The seven previously unreleased on the second disc could have been the fifth masterpiece, but these songs were recently found on a twelve year old tape and now released on the bonus disc of Clutching at Straws, "like a wedding ring, lost in a kitchen sink or thrown in a wishing well". Listen to songs like Sunset Hill, Shadows on the Barley and you know where the inspiration comes from on the late Marillion and Fish albums. "If I had enough money, I'd buy a round for that boy over there, a companion in my madness in the mirror, the one with the silvery hair and if some kind soul could please pick up my broken heart". So buy it now and play it loud when you are alone. "I heard Sinatra calling me through the floorboards where you pay a quarter for a partnership in rhyme".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rawdon on June 13, 2001
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Marillion's fourth album - and last with original lead singer Fish (who subsequently embarked on a solo career) - is also their best, and is a pinnacle of progressive rock. At its best, prog-rock features complex arrangements and chord and time signature changes held together by strong melodies with meaningful lyrics, and that's what you'll find here: Intellectually stimulating music which is still emotionally gripping. It should appeal to fans of artists from Peter Gabriel to The Who.
Playing with themes embodied by a man named Torch who has substance-abuse problems and who feels his life spiraling out of control (apparently mirroring Fish's feelings about his life in the band at the time), the album kicks off with a tryptich of songs which flow into one another, highlighted by "Warm Wet Circles" with its slow pace and sense of longing.
"Incommunicado" was the first single and is an effective up-tempo piece, while the closing "The Last Straw" drives off of a pounding 4/4 beat. "Torch Song" and "Slainte Mhath" stand out in the quirky, repetitive nature of the guitar lines. Throughout, the tracks have a uniformly haunting quality. Lyrically, Fish's wordplay is at its best, presaging (and superior to) Jon Anderson's lyrics on Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe's eponymous album in its style of returning to themes on multiple tracks.
Clutching At Straws also marks the maturation of Steve Rothery as a guitarist capable of carrying the whole album, which he does extremely effectively. On previous albums, Mark Kelly's keyboards had a more prominent role and often tended to be more musically interesting than Rothery's work. Marillion became - for a fleeting instant - a complete, nearly perfect band with this album.
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