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Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation for blistering live shows which have earned them an impressive and faithful global fanbase.

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (original lead-singer, "Fish", having departed in 1988).
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Intact Recordings
  • ASIN: B002CCAYOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MARILLION Happiness Is The Road - Volume One: Essence CD

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. Cooke on 26 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
About this time of year, people (at least, the people who do this kind of thing) tend to start compiling their list of albums of the year, and everyone else gets ready to throw things at them. I don't do album of the year lists... but Marillion have just released their fifteenth studio album, Happiness Is The Road, and in doing so may just have released the record of their lives.

Now, as any Marillion fan knows, the difficulty in turning people onto the band isn't because their music is difficult to listen to or no longer relevant to any but a small audience, but in getting them to listen to the music in the first place. In a world where Coldplay, Snow Patrol and others sell millions of units through a combination of delicate sentiment and epic bombast, and where Bono and Dave Gilmour still only have to burp into a mic to make the top ten, there's no real reason that Marillion can't be two, three, four times bigger than they are.

Happiness Is The Road, comprising two separate albums, Essence and The Hard Shoulder, should by rights be the album that does the trick... but then we've thought that before, with the sublime 2004 double album Marbles and back in 1995 with the incomparable Afraid Of Sunlight (an album so good even most of the mainstream critics couldn't fault it). Even with these points of comparison, Happiness Is The Road is genuinely fantastic stuff, playing to all of Marillion's many strengths in 2008 and precious few of their weaknesses. If you're after cathartic widescreen angst, we have 'Real Tears For Sale', and 'Half The World', 'Especially True' and 'A State Of Mind' provide soaring, dynamic pop, while the heartfelt epic is ably represented by the stunning title track and the quixotic 'The Man From The Planet Marzipan'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perry Grin on 14 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was not surprised when observing the hugely diverse opinions on previous reviews of this album; such a complex and lengthy offering is bound to produce differing views.

Those seeking immediate gratification and don't possess the patience and/or time to invest in one (albeit double) album should indeed seek their fixes elsewhere.

This may be one of Marillion's less immediate albums, however paying it a little respect and understanding is richly rewarding; this is simply a truly great album bursting with emotion, colour and texture that delivers completely. Free from the shackles of normal record label pressures and early career egos, Marillion executed a concept and delivery here that is near flawless and showcases a band at the top of their game; confident, talented, yet very eager to please. All the more remarkable bearing in mind that the quality control was spot on for the entire length of both CDs included on the complete release.

I've been a fan since the early Fish years but am not opposed to criticising their output when justified ('Somewhere Else' was highly forgettable and despite repeated listening their latest release 'Sounds that can't be Made' is patchy at best); however Happiness is the Road sits comfortably alongside Misplaced Childhood and Marbles as the finest, most cohesive works of their career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Saunders on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you have found the last few Marillion albums rather bland, and prefer either thier Fish-era output or the earlier, and superb, Hogarth albums, you will not be disappointed.

I agree with many of the comments in other reviews. The production, once again, is lacking, and there is not enough of Steve Rothery's sublime guitar work.

But this album gets your attention immediately, unlike the last two or three offerings which have had some stand out tracks but not enough strength in depth.

So, a strong recommendation for an album which will keep most (if not all) Marillion fans more than happy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David K. Smith on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
A two-disc set from Marillion which really deserves a serious listen:

DISC ONE

This disc exceeded all expectations. It is constructed on an evolving, pulsing, ebbing and flowing musical base and contains real musical innovation at its core, as it shifts from ambient jams to epic climaxes.

There are so many musical ideas in the 45 minute journey of tracks 1-10. The music continually evolves within every track, never sitting back on simple verse/chorus. Every verse has evolved from the last, every chorus has extra bits in. Some absolutely wonderful tunes appear just a single time. This fits beautifully with the concept of the album - that you have to live for the moment and try to catch the spark in life. By far the best example is in 'Wrapped up in Time', where the beautiful 'Echo of You' section comes and then is gone - an evanescent moment. Any other band would have flayed a tune this good to death.

Choosing stand-out moments is near impossible, but 'State of Mind' is perhaps the best individual 'song', 'Essence' would be the track which best represents the spirit and vibe of the whole CD, and the musical climax in 'Woke Up' was the bit that got me spinning round the room and singing my heart out.

DISC TWO

It's amazing that a band that has been around since the early 80s can create an album of tracks as diverse and modern-sounding as this.

It includes breathtaking musical soundscapes (Asylum Satellite 1), glorious vocal melodies (Half the World), a driving rock anthem (Whatever is Wrong with You) and complex, dense, multi-layered musings on identity and emotional exposure (The Man from the Planet Marizpan, Real Tears for Sale).
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