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4 stars 'Somewhere else' definitely takes a more focussed approach to a lot of previous Marillion work, especially in comparison to its predecessor, 'Marbles'. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing I have no doubt will be the subject of endless discussion ad nauseum amongst the numerous fan forums scattered about the internet. Personally, I think it's a benefit as, the strong parts generally being spread less thinly spread, the music gains a greater impact. I liked Marbles' ambient soundscapes but here individual performances seem more noticeable- Steve Rothery contributes some excellent guitar work, Pete Trewavas' bass playing is more noticeable in the mix (definitely a good thing) and Ian Mosley excels on drums!

'The Other Half' is an excellent opener with a good melody, catchy hooks, and an up tempo, slightly psychedelic feel. The title track is reminiscent in places of Peter Gabriel and comes to a stunning finale! 'The Wound' is another standout track as are the two closers, 'The Last Century for Man' for its beautiful melancholy and 'Faith' for its uplifting acoustic simplicity.

Some tracks here would easily rival their best work, the album as a whole taking in the experience and musical influence they've gained throughout their career and improving upon it...

As the sleevenotes indicate, a 15th album is expected next year- it should be interesting to see where the band takes things from here...

Wickerman | 4/5 |


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