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With 'Somewhere Else' Marillion have played to their strengths and cut one of their very best records. With their innate sense of drama and pomp tempered by a winning melancholy, Marillion have produced a set of rich and vivid soundscapes. 'Somewhere Else' is a genuinely remarkable testament to Marillion's enduring creativity and crystal vision and Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, Mark Kelly, Steve Rothery, and Steve Hogarth have yet again proved that they are slaves to no-one, instead being prophets calling proudly in an uncaring musical wilderness.
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The tunes seem a bit uninspired and in at least one instance, somewhat irritating (Most Toys). Although this sounds like a lot of complaining, Marillion always grabbed me with their emotion - it is what first got me into the group back in the dark ages of the early/mid 1980s. Take the emotion away from this music and you are left with nothing more than dull alternative rock.
On the bright side, the playing is fairly solid and Steve Hogarth's voice is still in good shape. I always liked Ian Mosley as a drummer, whether with Trace or Marillion, and both Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas contribute some good playing. The melodies are nice too - these guys were always good at the melodies.
The production quality is excellent and the CD booklet features the lyrics, a few pictures, and the recording credits.
All in all, while there are some nice melodies, and one or two tracks that I liked, there was not much on this album that I found to be engaging. I did, however, like the 2008 follow-up album Happiness is the Road (Volume I: Essence). Come to think of it, some other favorites include Marbles (2004), This Strange Engine (1997), Afraid of Sunlight (1995), Brave (1994), and Seasons End (1989).
WEll, this album is a very dark moody journey that makes you think than makes you rock. I also agree that this is not one of their higher plateau albums but it does have some bright spots, like the opener the Other Half which Hogarth gives a very dramatic beautifully sung song that is really a two part song. Thank You Whoever You are is the best song that Marillion fans could relate too. It has nicely done and very dramatic. The dark Last century of man is lyrically well written with a dark message attached to it. I guess you can say that this album lyrically is one of their best with Hogarth on vocals but musically it definitly lacks. The guitar is almost non existant as well as the drums. The keyboard and the piano fit nice to the songs but there is nothing that sticks out on this album. Also none of the songs are really catchy where you can rock out in your car too. I like the mellow side of this band but too much mellow is no good. It becomes drab and lifeless on some songslike voice from the past and No Such Thing and The wound. Then there are the sub par Somewhere Else wich takes too long to get going and the song Most Toys; which could of been a life saver on this album; turns into a rushed recorded train wreck
I can only recommend this album to the hard core fans, the rest, go get Marbles
You like Marillion? What are you waiting for? The reviews scared me a little, but my ears are completely happy and satisfied with this lovely purchase. Do yourself a favor and get it!!!!! Give that strange engine that is your heart a reason to rejoice!!!!!!
Somewhere Else, while perhaps achieving the new "get on the charts" primary focus of the band, is the thinnest, least creative, least distilled, most trite piece of work of an extrordary band. How disapointing.
When Phil Collins finally hit the dumb bottom with "Dance Into the Light" he had the maturity to pack it in. Yes, Marillion is scraping that bottom.
My hope is that the band takes the time to think about how little thought they put into this work and finds a way to bounce back. Comfortable artists sometimes forget to wad up the safe idea and toss it. H and Co worked the creative mine like they had something to prove in previous discs, but not this time.
"Somewhere Else" is simply boring. Let me put this in perspective -- I have a Marillion mix that I listen to EVERY NIGHT as I get ready for bed. I have spent a lot of time listening to this band. I appreciate the unique creative melodic slightly psycho genius of both the Fish and H incarntations.
Thank heavens Neal Morse, Rush and Dream Theater all had new music out at the same time. Unfoutunately, although none of these new works are awe inspiring, they all generate greater interest than "Somewhere Else".
I hope the next one is better.
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