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CLUTCHING AT STRAWS

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.13 | 930 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
5 stars "Chasing the clouds home..."

Clutching at Straws is both a quintessential example of Neo-prog, and Marillion's finest hour. Whilst many consider that honour to lie with one of their earlier albums, for me there is just no competition. Don't get me wrong, Misplaced Childhood has some really great tracks, and Script for a Jester's Tear is certainly their most accomplished "prog" record, but neither possess the refined dynamism of Clutching at Straws.

Instrumentally, I find the overall sound to be warm and welcoming, full of 80's keyboards and melodic guitars, but Fish also brings a darker side, with sharp vocals and despondent themes throughout. It was Marillion's final album to feature the bath-loving Scotsman and he is at the top of his game, both vocally and lyrically. The music itself might not be particularly challenging, some might even call it pop-infested soft rock, but the song writing is excellent and the album flows superbly. I find it impossible not to listen to this from start to finish, and that is truly the sign of a great record.

The Verdict: Synthsational.

Starhammer | 5/5 |

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