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Less Is More

MarillionAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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.
Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (original lead-singer, "Fish", having departed in 1988).
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  • Audio CD (December 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B002UOKXOW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go
2. Interior Lulu
3. Out Of This World
4. Wrapped Up In Time
5. The Space
6. Hard As Love
7. Quartz
8. If My Heart Were A Ball
9. It's Not Your Fault
10. The Memory Of Water
11. This Is The 21st Century
12. Runaway (Live)
13. Fake Plastic Trees (Live)

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2009 acoustic album from the veteran British Prog Rock band, who reinterpret some of their later material with a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Marillion are one of the UK music scene's best-kept secrets and are considered the founders of the Neo-Progressive genre; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply moving music, whose blistering live shows leave their audiences breathless. In the face of ignorance and apathy, Marillion continue to defy preconceptions and labeling. The band has evolved into a vibrant musical force to those who already love Marillion, they're something special; to everyone else they're a love affair waiting to happen.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marillion- Less Is More November 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just when you think prog rock icons Marillion can't possibly do anything more creative than their last cd, they pull another rabbit out of the hat and the recently released, "Less is More" is just that and a testament to the cd's title.

Indeed, they speak the truth.

Taking previously recorded tracks and stripping them down, rearranging the music and looking at songs with 3D goggle glasses, you have a provocative cd that manages to sound like a collection of new songs vs. a reinvention of past ones. That is the true beauty of "Less Is More".

Re-releases always seem to hold tremendous promise and then fall short once you press play. You'll find some differences and maybe a change in production but rarely do you find diverse arrangements, new instruments, and vocals that work harmoniously and yet simultaneously pay homage to the original and varying it enough to make you feel you have doubled your aural pleasure.

All of this is especially commendable as Marillion has built their reputation on a bigger than life sound by embracing the use of state of the art electronic sequencers, midi and complex arrangements that lend themselves to an electric context.

Easy would be to stay wrapped in that electric blanket, but Marillion proves that easy isn't always the best choice and that sometimes you can find a new "voice" when you are stripped of any artifice.

4.5 Stars- Kim Thore All Access Magazine
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The music moves you November 12, 2009
By D. Ware
Format:Audio CD
Less = More is a fine way to explore some fantastic music in a new way. I'm not sure this is the track listing that fans would have submitted, but I have to say the songs included have been re-imagining very well.

I would agree that Marillion's output of late has been lacking in the fast-paced melodic songs that marked the early Hogarth-era works and that has been disappointing. However, that said, that's not what this new CD is about.

There is drama here and in some cases, (Interious Lulu for one), the results surpass the original in many ways.

My only fault is that with the deconstruction of these songs, some of the musical exposition is lost. "Out of this World" is an all-time Marillion classic and the original is layered with many melodic textures. While the overall muscianship is not lost with the re-imagining, the song feels somewhat cut short.. There's more to tell here.

Overall, this is a fantastic addition to their catalog and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Twist on the Hits! March 1, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised by this release. Someone had told me that this was an "Acoustic" release - and was prepared for songs with not much substance - but was surprised by what I heard. Different instrumentation altogether - on the softer side and the lighter side of percussion - but different enough from the originals that these tracks really stand out. In fact, I want to go back to the original versions and see which version I like better but I'm inclined to say that the versions included here really are an improvement over the original. Be aware of the hidden track of "Cannibal Surf Babe" that is interesting. Two previously unreleased tracks on the CD are also enjoyable - even though "It's Not Your Fault" lacks a little bit of depth and is a bit repetitious (how many times can you possibly say the refrain in one song). They take tracks all the way back to the beginning of the Hogarth years - which I thought was interesting. They seemed to pull at least one track from every release that Hogarth did. Altogether this eclectic compilation is definitely worth having and is not just another "greatest hits" release. If you like the "harder" style Marillion this release is not for you - but if you like something on the mellower side and also "tame" then you will be pleased.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less is (Mostly) Less December 16, 2009
By O-E-EGG
Format:Audio CD
I am a hardcore Marillion fan since the mid-80's, a Web UK member, and I buy everything they put out. I am usually not a fan of stripped down acoustic versions of music I love, and this CD confirms my position. I love Marillion and don't like to say anything negative about them, but as I listened to this CD I realized I would rather just be listening to the regular versions of each of these songs. Some fans may really like this a lot, but it's just my opinion that they don't need to do this with their otherwise amazing music. It's just a personal opinion and I'm not trying to dissuade any fan from purchasing this. I still am glad I have it as part of my Marillion collection, but I will surely listen to their other CD's before this. I also will probably choose "Unplugged at the Walls" or "A Piss-Up in a Brewery" before this one if I'm in the mood for the stripped down Marillion. I like the track listing on those two better than this CD. I did just receive my "Snow De Cologne" DVD you get with the Web UK membership and that is Amazing!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I so badly want to give this 3 stars but I can't January 16, 2010
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I so badly want to give this 3 stars. This is very much a step backwards for Marillion. I have nothing against the "Less is More" concept and have nothing against acoustic versions of songs. I even have the Steve Rothery side project The Wishing Tree which is very acoustic (although those are acoustic to begin with).

To me, when one is going to do a release like this, it would be a good idea to not only make the song different but perhaps better? In this case, most of songs are not very enjoyable when compared to their original. The album doesn't start good by butchering one of favorites, Go. I figured it could only get better. It did not. To me, there are only 3 good songs on here and that is Hard as Love, If My Heart Were a Ball, and the "hidden track", Cannibal Surf Babe. The bonus songs of Runaway and the cover of Fake Plastic Trees add nothing as does the one new track "It's not your fault" - what I think is actually the worst track.

I've been a fan of Marillion since BEFORE their first release (1982) - that is not a common thing for a U.S. resident. They have certainly had their share of ups and downs but this was very much a misfire. It hurts to have to give my favorite band 2 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear...
I shall begin by saying that Marillion are my favourite band. I love Fish and I love h, Steve, Ian, Mark and Pete. They are all amazing musicians. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Elevator music
Lacks balls. Bring me some Fish. Hogarth is too boring. I yawn listening to this guy. Music is good but it's not vibrant. Did i expect less? More is better.
Published 19 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More is Great
If you are a Marillion fan, or not, this is worth considering. A great album. It shows once again how diverse the band is.
Published on July 4, 2010 by Alf
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniqueness
I have been a fan since 1986 and have always been surprised by their unique sound. Marillion has followed a trajectory that goes with the times. It is music for intelligent people. Read more
Published on February 12, 2010 by V. Sequeda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, progressive, one in a million!!!!
I buy everything of Marillion's as this is a superb, refined band with true integrity. Never expect "more of the same" from Marillion as you'll be disappointed. Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but can be better
If you like Marillion and if you REALLY know their work for the last 20 years, you'll love this album. But if you still on 80's, avoid it. Go back to the cave.
Published on December 17, 2009 by Marcio De Paiva Delgado
2.0 out of 5 stars Wake me up when it's over
I love this band. I don't hate H and I did love Fish. Marillion with Hogarth have made fantastic music we never would have heard from the Fish led group. Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Fred Johnson JR
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