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4 stars Among their best with Hogarth.

This album is simply a set of separated songs - not a concept album. The tracks are varied and all have their own merits.

1. Between You And Me - A slow piano intro sets the track up to be rather sad, but instead, it jumps into a cheerful riff and holds together as a very active song. Great lyrics and the energy of this track make it stand out.

2. Quartz - Some people dislike the vocals on parts of this song, relating to them to rap. I don't mind them, as they only cover a small part of this track, and the rest of it is very good, with mixed feelings.

3. Map Of The World - If the riff doesn't captivate you, the chorus will. This track succeeds in being a more conventional rock song, with a good solo to match the style. Very good track, nice and catchy.

4. When I Meet God - Lots of emotion here, throughout. Slow, acoustic, sung with passion, with tempo changes and everything, a very good track.

5. The Fruit Of The Wild Rose - I've never taken much notice of this one. It's a bit dull, but I wouldn't know, as it hasn't stood out. The quiet bass riff is pretty cool, though.

6. Separated Out - Think Between You And Me on this track - they're every similar. An odd intro and some weird voices in the middle and end do not spoil this song. A good track.

7. This Is The 21st Century - A melancholy song with deep lyrics. The longest, and it lives up to it's track length. Some would feel it drags on, however, the length improves the song. Excellent track.

8. If My Heart Were A Ball It Would Roll Uphill - A very active track with a great chorus. There is a large vocal bias, which is a pity, because the instrumental sections are excellent, whilst brief. The end of the song becomes a build up towards a monumental finish. Great song.

If My Heart and Meet God contend for the best track on here, with 21st Century close by. If you're new to Marillion or Hogarth, this is an excellent album to get, due to the variation and awesomeness of the tracks. Worth all 4 stars.

Staker | 4/5 |


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