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CLUTCHING AT STRAWS

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.13 | 930 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars A more mature Marillion

With each new album Marillion slowly developed their own sound. In my opinion it was with this album that they dispensed with the most obvious Genesis influences and allowed something new to come up. I was never a big fan of Fish's vocal style, but on this album he is more down to earth, dispensing with his worst theatrical eccentricities. The songs are well written both lyrically and musically. All this makes for a more mature album compared to the earlier ones.

The mood is generally a bit darker and a bit more "serious" (for lack of a better word) than on Misplaced Childhood. Clutching At Straws is a good album and I like the overall mood of this album better than Script For A Jester's Tear and Misplaced Childhood. But not as much as my favourite Fish-era album Fugazi. However, this is hardly groundbreaking music and it follows basically in the footsteps of earlier albums.

The dark mood is continued on their next album, my personal favourite Marillion album, Seasons End. Compared to Seasons End, Clutching At Straws is less varied, not visiting as many different musical places. There is, however, a Celtic influence here, most noticeable in Slainte Mhath. You could almost hear the bagpipes in the background, but it is only in your imagination. The folky influence would continue on the next album with the song Easter and on Fish's solo albums Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors and Internal Exile.

If Fish-era Marillion is your favourite band then this album is essential. For everyone else it is good but certainly not essential.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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