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3 stars In retrospect, Marillion's decision to put out Less Is More - a studio album of acoustic reworkings of old tracks - wasn't so unprecedented after all. Over a decade before, the band put on an acoustic set at The Walls restaurant at around the time they were putting the finishing touches to Radiation. With Mark Kelly restricted to piano and organ and Steve Rothery having to make do without his usual Gilmouresque guitar solos, adapting the material on here might have been a challenge, but fortunately for their past few albums Marillion had been dabbling with a bit of 60s influence which they decide to bring to the fore here.

The renditions of Marillion standards presented here are sometimes close to their original versions, as is the case with Beautiful, whilst at other points they radically transformed, as happens to Alone Again In the Lap of Luxury and Hooks In You. But either way, the versions presented here occupy this interesting sonic space reminiscent of a modern updating of 60s psychedelia, folk rock and sophisti-pop - somewhere at the crossroads where the Byrds, the Beatles, Buffalo Springfield and Serge Gainsbourg meet. It's an intriguingly different sound for Marillion and makes this acoustic set refreshingly different.

At the same time, if I had to pick one Marillion live acoustic two-CD album to own - frankly, only the most fanatical of fans will want to own multiple - I would pick Live From Cadogan Hall over this one. Though the recording quality is decent for a restaurant not really set up as a concert hall here, the Cadogan Hall set still beats this one in terms of its warm and inviting sound, and the selection of songs is better too, coming from a broader range of albums.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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