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Tristan Mulders
3 stars Marillion - These Chains

This was the only single from 1998's "Radiation" album. Unfortunately the band got none, as usual, to little airplay, despite the fact that it is a very catching tune. I think it has more to do with grudges towards the artist than really thinking the song itself was/is rubbish. It surely cannot depend on the quality of the accompanying video (not included with the disc in any way by the way), because I've seen it quite a few times and it is very nice.

Luckily there's more to this single for those that bought the single to get the band some airplay (I bought it years after its release, so don't count me in as part of this group ;-)

The first b-side to this single is an acoustic live cover version of Radiohead's classic song Fake Plastic Trees. Hogarth's voice fits this song perfectly.

The second b-side is a new mix of the song The Memory of Water, which was originally released in 1997 on the "This strange Engine" album. Whereas the original song was an acoustic song that only featured vocals and cello, this new song, the "Big Beat Mix", is, unlike the name might have you thinking, not a dance remix! Instead it is a full-blown electric version of the song, which is nearly three times as long as the original song!

I bought the singly solely for the remix of The Memory of Water, but it is a nice addition for any collection.

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Posted Saturday, June 3, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars Not quite essential...

Hm. "These Chains" was obviously the falsest of picks that could have made it as a single from "Radiation", although it's a decent tune.

I came across this maxi some years after its release ( in a 2nd hand shop ) and, of course, I was happy to get it, but nowadays I rather wish to have got "80 days" instead... because the "bonuses" there are far more exiting to me.

I'm not that a big fan of Radiohead, although they surely have their momentos. "Fake Plastic Trees" is not a favorite of mine, and, with Marillion performing it "unplugged", it still hasn't become one yet. It's a nice attempt at writing a song. But even Marillion can't make it a well written one. It's far too poor and, honestly, I ( as a songwriter myself ) can do far better on a good day, I believe ( don't want to offend any lovers of that band, though ). And the Marillos... well, it's beyond their grace to pay tribute to that band, sorry. It should be the other way round so maybe those young sports can add some merit to their overrated output.

"Memory of Water" is a track I really love. I love it just as it is on "This strange Engine", and I think that changing the strings for acoustic guitars, as Marillion did on "Less is more", was a good idea. I'm still not sure if the "Big beat Mix" was such a good idea, though.

To be honest, I can do without.

"Radiation" is a very underrated album. Even my rating on this site is too low. Go buy it and make up your own mind. "These Chains" is on there, and even better tracks are. If you're really in search of this Maxi and desperately want to own it you can contact me - I'd like to exchange it for "80 Days" or that "Sympathy"-one with "Garden Party" on it. But we can sure find another agreement as well. Thank you very much.

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Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 | Review Permalink

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