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3 stars Let my happiness fill your hole.

I was first introduced to Marillion with the Script For A Jester's Tear album. I liked it a lot but not enough to follow their career after that until I was re-introduced to them after Afraid Of Sunlight came out. That one and Brave remain my favorites and have yet to be surpassed for me. I've never been interested in exploring the earlier Hogarth era albums, but I have added a couple more from the Fish era. After Sunlight I've always picked up their new releases whenever they came out. I consider them to be good and there is the occasional great song, but I can't even find the album Marbles, probably one of the best regarded of their most recent output, to be a great album. Maybe it's just each new release tends to be overshadowed by something else new I'm listening to at the moment. If so, the Happiness twins are no exception. I think I prefer Volume 2 to 1.

To the extent that I have a problem with this is group is that there tends to be a lot of repeat of musical and lyrical themes. They've certainly found their sound but at this point I feel they really need to stretch out and do something completely different. But perhaps a certain staleness sets in after a while. After all the only personnel change in their 25 or so years has been the vocalist.

So, definitely one to try before you buy. And why not as the band is offering the whole thing as a free download? The music is always enjoyable but if you want groundbreaking, you'll need to look, uh, somewhere else.

Slartibartfast | 3/5 |


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