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Marillion spent their career in the '80s carving out a niche in the resurrected prog movement of the period, aping much of the territory that Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant had already covered so well a decade before. By the end of the decade, things would change drastically with the departure of their lead singer, the poetically-gifted choke-throated Fish, who would be replaced by Steve Hogarth, who brought to the band a more traditional pop-rock style of singing - not to mention the sensibilities of such a singer.
Over the past two decades since Hogarth joined the band, Marillion has slowly shifted from a progressive band into what they are now: a pop-rock band doing very intelligent music now that happens to occasionally be conceptual in nature. This album, however, isn't, and I'm personally glad they opted for an album of songs rather than another big concept piece. Following the amazing two-disc Marbles with another big, heavy epic like that would have been a mistake - too much too soon. Instead, what we get is a lighter, airier Marillion, but no less engaging (aside from a couple of stumbles.)
Marillion have found their sound finally - what really started to take shape on 2001's Anaraknophobia, if a little roughly, they perfected with Marbles in 2004, they now continue here, and that's basically a good thing. While it makes for an album of no real surprises, it's simple, smart pop with a good band and an emotive vocalist.Read more ›
The major problem for me is that there's no real magic moment. Most Marillion albums have their flaws, but every one has had a gem of truly inspired music where the entire band takes flight. But here, the feel is very tempered throughout and nothing lifts off the ground. It's a sparse album, with lots of piano and simple guitar. The songs are very restrained. It seems that there are songs that have the potential for that classic Marillion emotional lift -- "Voice From the Past" and "The Wound" both come to mind -- but instead, the band decided to play it low-key.
The bright side of this, however, is that it's a very consistent album with some very good songs. "The Other Half" features some beautiful vocal harmonies and a driving 3/4 groove. "Thankyou Whoever You Are," "See It Like A Baby" and "Somewhere Else" are all good songs.
A big surprise to me is how uninspiring the lyrics are. "Last Century for Man" is truly cringe-worthy. I know Steve Hogarth is smarter than this, so I'm surprised he was so pedestrian with such a heavy topic. It winds up offering no insight or poetry into the world we live in. "Somewhere Else" starts well, but then wanders off. I don't know if Hogarth is trying to be intentionally cryptic, but I couldn't connect with any of the subject matter on this album.
Bottom line: A very solid and consistent album that I like to listen to. But I wish they had injected a little more life into the songs. 3 1/2 stars.
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I don t like it, too boring, Steve H whispers too much along the album. It seems Steve Rothery does not participate much composing or writing songs. I don t recommend this CD.Published 24 months ago by Diego G. Ventola
Although this is one of the Marillion albums that you don't hear much about,it has become my favorite. The songs are strong and moving. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by T. Kelly
It's marillion on vinyl, you HAVE to love it. It's my least favorite album by them, but I still had to buy it on vinyl. Cheaper this way than importing from their website.Published on May 9, 2013 by A. Lowell
It's amazing how Marillion can always surprise me. I thought that "Marbles" was the best band's achievement, but now its great successor is released. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Max1975
While there really isn't anything terribly wrong with this 2007 release, it just failed to interest me. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Jeffrey J.Park
Anyone who doubts this album as being a GREAT Marillion album needs to listen closer and LOUDER!
Buy and watch the Somewhere in London DVD and listen to these tracks... Read more
SE, and bands like Marillion in general, represents how somewhere along the line progressive rock morphed into mildly challenging adult contemporary.
I was a little skeptical after reading the negative reviews this cd received. I took a chance, after all, it's Marillion... I love this cd!!!!!!! Read morePublished on March 11, 2010 by Dr. Music
As with many Marillion albums, this one requires several listens to fully appreciate. I was disappointed the first couple times, but the music has a way of getting into your heart... Read morePublished on December 1, 2009 by Keith