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NO ONE CAN

Marillion

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Guillermo
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3 stars The album "Holidays in Eden "as a whole was not very interesting for my taste when in bought it in 1992. Some changes in personnel in some bands bring somewhat "drastic" changes. I think that in some bands maybe sometimes you can change the drummer, the keyboard player, the guitar player... without changing very much the whole sound and musical style of the bands. But I think that the most difficult change in personnel for some bands is the change of the lead singer, at least for some fans. This happened, in my opinion, with MARILLION when Fish left the band and the new lead singer Steve Hogarth joined the band. In my opinion,both singers have very different personalities and both line-ups of the band (one with Fish as lead singer and the other with Hogarth as lead singer) became "two very different worlds" in lyrical content and even some changes in the musical style. MARILLION with Hogarth still retained some of the old "dramatic" style from Fish, but his vocals are very different from Fish`s vocals. So...with that album I lost the previous interest I had for the band. I never bought another album from them. The same happened with KING CRIMSON when I bought their "Beat" album from 1982. But I still liked and respected MARILLION`s music despite I still don`t like their "Holidays in Eden" album very much.

"No One Can" is a very good ballad. It is maybe the best song from that album, with great guitars and keyboards atmospheres (as always). It is a very good Pop Rock song with very good arrangements. I like a lot the recording and mixing of this song.

"A Collection" is another very good "atmospheric" song from MARILLION. I thought that it really was a "love song". But after I read the lyrics I realized that it really is a song with "mixed feelings lyrics". In particular, the guitars by Steve Rothery are very good. This song was not released in the U.K. version of the album, but was released in the U.S. version.

"Splintering Heart", another song from the "Holidays in Eden" album, sounds better played live than in the album. It is a "dark" and "dramatic" song that still has some of the "old" MARILLION`s musical style in some places. But being the first song from that album it really showed very well from the start some of the musical changes that the band had.

Well. It really does not matter if I don`t like very much MARILLION`s music without Fish. The band still is a very good band despite the changes. They have a lot of very loyal fans around the world. Maybe one day I´m going to listen to some of the other albums they recorded with Hogarth after "Holidays in Eden". But I am glad that they have survived as a band for many years after Fish left the band. They deserve it. They are very good musicians.

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