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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 (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Madfish Records UK
  • ASIN: B006T2XWC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on September 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that never seems to get rated very highly by Marillion fans, but it is one of my personal favorites from the band. To me it is a great mix of the more pop / commercial oriented side of the band with their progressive rock roots. The album features a significant amount of more acoustic oriented tracks with the lone rocker being "An Accidental Man" and the closing section to the title track. A lot of Marillion fans don't seem to like this one due to 6 songs that lean more on the pop side than the progressive rock side. But, I think these are all great well written songs with "Man Of A Thousand Faces", and "80 Days" especially standing out. The two proggier pieces are both winners too. "Estonia" is a haunting brooding track that was inspired by a car ferry sinking that occurred off the coast of Estonia and killed hundreds of people. The song is both tragic and inspirational at the same time. The title track "This Strange Engine" is a 15 minute epic that ranks right up there with Marillion's best. Steve Hogarth's vocals are incredible as he screams the finale. Steve Rothery throws in lots of soulful guitar and Mark Kelley's keyboards anchor the piece. It is really one of my all time favorite Marillion tracks. Opinions seem to vary greatly on this album, but I think it is a great release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fromholland on May 14, 2012
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This re-issue of This Strange Engine does not contain a remastering of the album or bonus tracks. It does contain a much nicer packaging and better artwork than the original cheapskate issue. The album contains some great tracks: 'Man of a thousand faces', 'Estonia' and 'This Strange Engine' (that runs for more than 15 minutes) particularly stand out and are still played regularly at live shows.
Marillion will start their 2012/2013 world tour in june in the USA and Canada: go check them out!! A new album is due in september 2012.
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By robg2 on October 16, 2013
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First off, I should admit my favorite Marillion releases are Brave, Marbles, and Misplaced Childhood. As others have mentioned, This Strange Engine has a lighter feel, with more use of acoustical guitar. That is all well and fine with me. Variety is the spice of life, so to speak. I certainly don't blame legendary artists for wanting to change things up a bit. However, I believe the songwriting takes a slight drop down in quality here, which is why I rate it a '7+' on a scale of 1 to 10. And, on my scale, '7' is "good", not "average". (ie, I don't inflate my ratings!)

Man Of A Thousand Faces starts things off very nicely, and Estonia is definitely one of my all-time favorite Marillion tracks..., probably one of my all-time favorite songs from ANY artist! Only a mature, highly-capable band like Marillion could lay down a musical mix with the subtlety and beauty contained within this track, which perfectly complements Steve's meaningful yet tragic lyrics. The 15+ minute title track is also a winner -- constantly shifting between musical themes until it reaches the finale much quicker than I ever anticipate. (i.e., It always seems shorter than it's actual run length.)

But the rest of the album seems to fall somewhere below my high Marillion expectations, into a category I would label "not bad". In other words, none of these other tracks are memorable. Then again, none are what I would consider to be "hit the skip button" or filler material. The content is reasonably solid in quality, through and through; as long as you don't mind a little more 'pop' in your Marillion diet. (Thankfully, it's not the same type of Commercial Pop that infiltrated their Holidays In Eden release!
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