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4.10 | 1179 ratings

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4 stars Although for many years I have been a huge fan of mainstream prog such as Genesis, Yes, Pink Ployd, etc., I am a relatively new listener to Marillion. I had heard of them over the years, but until I stumbled on this site, I had not had the chance to hear them. I recently found a used copy of Marbles (single disc version) and eagerly bought it. After spending the last couple of weeks listening to this album, I have to say that it is good enough to hold its own with the classics, despite a few weaker songs. In my opinion, a few of the songs on this album are outstanding and would merit a full 5 stars. However, there are a couple of songs I just don't like.

The songs that really stand out to me are Fantastic Place and Neverland. Both are very engaging and very emotional. They have a certain depth that allows you to listen to them repeatedly and still want to hear them again. Although I don't think that Hogarth's voice is particularly good (it's very nasal and he appears to mumble much of the time), on these two songs he is very good. Other good songs are Don't Hurt Yourself and Angelina. However, both are rather simple. Unfortunately, I simply do not like The Invisible Man. It is boring and very drab. It lacks the intensity and emotion of Neverland and Fantastic Place. As for the balance of the album, it is OK, but nothing special.

Based on other reviews, I am eager to buy the double disc version of this album. But until then, I will continue to enjoy this single version along with my Genesis and Pink Floyd discs.

rnelson | 4/5 |


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