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The Quiet One
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3 stars Somewhere between early Coldplay and Pink Floyd?

With the entrance of Steve Hogarth, Marillion changed radically their sound, clearly known to be less Prog Rock oriented, sometimes being Alt. Rock allthrough. Well, Somewhere Else is one entire Alternative Rock album. Unlike Marbles which showed the band trying too hard to sound proggy, Somewhere Else shows the "new" line- up playing what they can naturally play: damn great alternative rock.

I don't think Steve Hogarth fits to sing long suites, neither is the new style of the band meant to play long, complex tunes. Brave was superb because there was a concept behind the music, so the long songs were justified and sounded well, they weren't really complex either mind you. Well, with Somewhere Else, Marillion plays simple though catchy and well-played rock tunes and soft ones.

All the songs are strong and have something memorable, be it Hogarth's emotional and soft singing or Steve Rothery's Floydish guitar or even the nice piano chords which are present allthrough the record. Yes, the band's original Neo-Prog sound is gone with the exception of Rothery's guitar style, Mark doesn't play synths anymore neither does Peter Trewavas play thrilling bass lines, nor there is a theatrical singer or poetic lyrics, all that was great with Fish, though the band without him had to move on and I think they did greatly to move onto a different genre which they play so well.

Seriously, this album gives me a lot of enjoyment, however you must know that I've always tolerated Alt. Rock music with bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and the like, so it's not a surprise I like this era of Marillion quite a bit.

3 stars: if you're not keen at all about Alt. Rock music you better get away from this album, because that's all this album offers. Yet, if you do enjoy some non-prog music by "ex-prog bands", Somewhere Else is simply a great rock album that should be listened by any alt. rock fan .

The Quiet One | 3/5 |


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