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3 stars ...Somewhere Else.......Somewhere Else.......Somewhere Else...

What can I say? The band can still create great music. True, this is no masterpiece that was Tears and Childhood from the Fish age, nor the Brave or Marbles of the post Fish; but it still has some good sounds and music to it. It starts off with a kick in 'The other half' to get you into the album. It sucures a good foundation for the album. It keeps a very mellow up beat all the way through. 'See it like a Baby' keeps the mellow up beat feel that 'The other half' created. Its alittle too 'think of the children' for me lyricly, but musicly its not a bad peace. Same with 'Thank you Whoever you are'. Although it has a nicer sound than the preveuse track; even if I cant get over Hogarth's pernounsiation of Thankyou. Love the guy to bits, but would it kill him not to say Sankyou?

I always skip the next track 'Most Toys'. I can understand it's meaning and why it's on the album, but musicly, it just dose not fit. It gose directly against the grain of the album. Its very monotonuse and boring. Its too upbeat for the album and too 'hard'. They should have just left it on a single or something. It brings the album down from being a true masterpiece.

Well, if you can swagger through 'Most Toys' you'll enjoy the rest of the album; we go straight into the titled track of the album, and the longist song: 'Somewhere Else'. One of the more progressive songs on the album, it gose through the many changes we've come to expect from Marillion. This is one of the better songs, not just keeping in the stans of the general feel of the album, but also creating a sound that can stand on its own two legs. This song is quite beautiful and is a treat after the dreadful sound of 'Most Toys' (Ok, I will no longer rip on that song). But as a titled track, it stands up quite nicely and dose the album justise.

It then goes into 'A Voice from the Past', which keeps up the mellow sound thats very prominint through the album. Although it does not evolve very much musicly, at least as much as the 'Somewhere Else' dose. The same gose for 'No Such Thing'. Although this feels as though its alittle too preachy for me. It has alittle bit more progessive sound to it, but overall it can drag on.

'The Wound' is the second longest song on the album, and has more of an upbeat than the last two songs. Could it be that this is more then just a beautiful sounding song and have some head rocking powers? It can! It might just be the conrtasting sounds, but either way, it provides a nice upbeating sound. It also gose through a few changes but manages to keep it within a peramiter not to get it too out side of the box as 'Somewhere Else' did. Although this is a good point as well as a bad.

We then move into my favourit song on the album: 'Last Century for Man'. The lyrics are very moving at times. When I first listen to this song I thought 'Not another ani-amarican/we're killing out planet song'. But after a few spins, its much more then that. Hogarth isint so much preaching as just making an observation, which does my heart good. Nothings worse then a too preachie song. But Musicly, this song is beautiful; if I didn't know any better, I'd say there was some volume control at work at the Climax of the song. My only critique is this: the song is too short. They had a good thing going with this song and then they just finish it. Keep it going boys like you normaly do! Strech into the dubble digits for this one! Just carry on that sound. This song alone is so close to being a masterpiece within itself that it hurts me when I hear it end when they have so much potenctial at work.

From there we go into the very nice and soothing founds of 'Faith'. It's a very nice little ditty, and a good way to end the album. The sound and lyrics sum up what has been said throughout the album. Its something nice to consider. It also ends on a positive note, which is always nice these days.

Anyways....the album has this general sound. Its an upbeat mellow, which is good to calm down to, or play as background music. It keeps a general sound all the way through (except in one perticuler song noted earlier) which is a very rare occurince on albums. Its a good album to spin for anyone who just needs something light, nothing much too deep in the music, and wants nothing better then to ponder over a few good ideas and observations. Not a masterpiece in any sence of the word, but an excellent addition to any collection of music.

3.5 stars for great music.

mothershabooboo | 3/5 |


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