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Clutching At Straws

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  • Original Release Date: 22 Mar 1999
  • Release Date: 22 Mar 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:48:20
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  • ASIN: B001SVYII0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,662 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 21 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Clutching At Straws is Fish's letter of resignation to Marillion. Lyrically you can clearly tell that Fish is going through some inner turmoil. Musically, the band have never sounded so powerful.
The opening salvo of 'Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time Of The Night' illustrates the concept of the struggling writer trying to keep the demons of alcoholism at bay and ultimately failing. It's an awesome opening salvo of vocals and jaw dropping musical ability that leaves the listener quite breathless.
'White Russian' and the prophetic 'The Last Straw', show that Marillion are still quite adept at writing and performing big, show stopping epics, while 'Incommunicado', 'Sugar Mice' and the excellent 'Slainte Mhath', prove that the band were becoming more proficient in terms of delivering accessible, radio friendly tracks without selling out in any way.
Both Fish and Steve Rothery seem to dominate proceedings with some truly outstanding individual performances, and Ian Mosley's drumming is real masterclass stuff at times, especially in the first three tracks and 'White Russian'. Terrific stuff.
Chris Kimsey's production is, once again, right on the money and when you consider that 'Misplaced Childhood' could have been a real millstone around the band's neck, that 'Clutching...' is as strong an album as it is should be viewed as a real achievement.
I'm of the opinion that if Marillion had continued on this path with Fish at the helm, they would be sitting now with the same gravitas and worldwide popularity as Iron Maiden or even U2. As much as I love the Steve Hogarth era albums and fully respect the direction the band now follow, I do find myself returning to the Fish era records and feeling a little sad that the big man had to quit the group in the manner that he did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy-E on 9 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Despite its strong theme of alcohol misuse running throughout, this melodic, deep and moving record actually lends itself well to a listen last thing at night with a good single malt in hand!

One or two tracks just don't fit. These will stand out to you and you'll skip them. The rest is pure genius; timeless, and accomplished. A great album, with a surprisingly 'light' yet technically brilliant and intricate sound.

This album should never be confined to history. Fish and the boys did good here.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alister King on 9 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
OK I'll confess, I didn't much like this band at 1st. As a Gabriel Genesis fan, I was among their detractors who saw them as a modern clone. Secretly, I quite liked Market Sqaure Heroes, He Knows You Know and Grendel
But then I heard Clutching at Straws. My, what an album. Again, losely concept in nature (see also Pornografitti), about a slowly dieing alcoholic and the trappings of fame (would that be you at the time, Fish?), it's another example of concept and exectuion on the highest level. Emotional, bleak, bitter, sensitive & moving, this is the band's finest hour. Ironically, their last as the original line up too.
"Hotel Hobbies" drifts into your head as a gradual fade in, and sets the scene perfectly with noodley bass as night becomes day, with references to hookers, bell boys, cocaine and whiskey. Fish's voice builds in volume and angst through the 2nd verse as we approach the 1st guitar highlight of the album. Steve Rothery's guitar rips into the 1st solo with a dive bomb on the low E string using his whammy bar, before firing off ascending high notes that have the hairs on your skin standing up.
"Hotel Hobbies" is actually part of a 3 song suite, and segues nicely into "Warm Wet Circles" with it's beautiful twangy Chorus enhanced arpreggio riff (2nd guitar highlight). More fabulous metaphor and allusion from Fish as the suite moves into it's final 3rd, "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)", with gently pumping bass and atmospheric keys. The song builds to a crescendo with Fish bellowing out "Warm Wet Circles!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By max222 on 14 Oct 2005
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This is my favourite Fish era Marillion album. It betters even the superb Misplaced Childhood - and that's saying something -with the first 3 tracks, Hotel Hobbies, Warm Wet Circles and At That Time of the Night being the high points for me. Oh - and Sugar Mice of course. A concept album about drinking, heavy drinking that is and really being a bit depressed. The one track that doesnt fit in for me is Incommunicado - which is all a bit too upbeat and fast for the rest of the album - it feels tacked on as a single - and indeed it was the first single.
The real gems here - and here I must disagree with a previous reviewer - are the bonus CD outakes and demos which would have become the next Marillion album had not Fish and the band split. Tic Tac Toe (which was used for the basis of The Release on the first post Fish Marillion album, Seasons End and also on State of Mind on Fish's 1st album, Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors) is a superb song - better than either of the 2 subsequent versions, esp the Fish solo one. Voice in the Crowd is wonderful too, very moving - poor quality sound though which is not surprising as these tapes had been sitting around for years. Exile on Princes Street is another song reused by Fish, this time on Internal Exile the title track of his 2nd solo album. Better sound quality on this one. Again far better, far more melodic and emotional - rather than the horribly folky jig track it eventually became. And there are several other excellent demos too on this bonus disc. All of which seem to indicate the next album was coming along nicely and would have been perhaps just as good as Misplaced Childhood and Clutching At Straws. A real shame it never happened. And finally you also get Tux On - a b side of the era which is another good track.
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