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RADIATION

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

2.64 | 351 ratings

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KeepItDark
3 stars Non-Essential.

I picked up the trilogy of This Strange Engine, Radiation, and Marillion.com sometime after purchasing, Anoraknophobia. Partly because the Sanctuary label imports were low cost and partly because I am a completionist and found some good moments on the earlier Hogarth releases. Radiation is a CD for completionists. There are some interesting moments and very occasionally some good guitar and keyboard solos but there is a need to wait for these.

The CD starts with "Costa del Slough" which is essentially a waste of space. A short ditty about effects of UV radiation and ozone holes. "Under the Sun" is an up-tempo/rock song that does have some good guitar and keyboard solos.

"The Answering Machine" has some good 70-s style synth work.

"Three Minute Boy" (5:59) starts slowly but after about two minutes it becomes heavier and worthwhile.

"Now She'll Never Know" is very slow, largely Hogarth voice only with soft guitar and keyboards. Forgettable.

"These Chains" also starts slowly but builds into an interesting song with Rothery guitar solos.

"Born to Run" is another mellow song with sparse instrumentation.

"Cathedral Wall" is a song of varying tempo but does have some good prog moments.

"A Few Words For The Dead"(10:31) is the longest and best song that proves that Marillion can still deliver.

Are the good moments worth the wait? For those who would not consider themselves as Marillion fans the answer is almost certainly no. Even Marillion fans might have some doubt.

2.8 Stars

KeepItDark | 3/5 |

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