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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 (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0009I9XR4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Costa del Slough
2. Under The Sun
3. The Answering Machine
4. Three Minute Boy
5. Now She'll Never Know
6. These Chains
7. Born To Run
8. Cathedral Wall
9. A Few Words For The Dead

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Following on from the largely acoustic-based "This Strange Engine", Marillion's 10th album, "Radiation", marks a return to a more electric, more experimental recording. More than ever before, the rulebook has been thrown away, and the result is a loud, 'buzzy' album that both wears its heart on its sleeve and isn't afraid to rock out.
Uncharacteristic opener, "Costa Del Slough" is a slice of whimsical Noel Coward-style comedy, but is forgotten immediately in the wake of the loud and belligerent "Under The Sun", all frantic guitar riffery and rapid-fire percussion. A further wall of noise then hits with "The Answering Machine", a song about communication breaking down in a relationship, which ends with a teeth-wrenching fuzzed-up bout of keyboard wrestling from keysman Mark Kelly.
A typically huge-sounding Marillion song - not at all based on the life story of a certain Mancunian pop act! - follows with "Three Minute Boy" before the pace slows again for the heartbreaking ballad "Now She'll Never Know". This is a truly beautiful song, Steve Hogarth's vocals every bit as emotional as ever. More high-grade drama follows with the single "These Chains", and a full-on blues excursion the like of which the band have never attempted before in "Born To Run" (no relation to the Springsteen song of the same name!), Steve Rothery's guitar playing proving to be more than a match for this latest stylistic departure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VanDusen on 8 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
These days Radiation feels slightly forgotten in the Marillion canon. This is probably due to the transitional time it was released - after the alienating This Strange Engine (and it's odd remix companion) but before the take-off of the strong web-based communication machine. However those tracking it down will be pleased to find it bears up remarkably well a decade on.

What Radiation does lack (debatably) is a true classic Marillion track - however, this actually helps the album seem more cohesive than many of the other Hogarth sets. The strong rocky opener, Under The Sun, sets the pace and is continued by the loud but light-hearted Answering Machine. However then the album surprises you as it evolves into a vastly more complex and interesting beast. Three Minute Boy builds to a shattering crescendo. Born To Run displays a previously untapped blues tint. Cathedral Wall is as bombastic as any song the band have attempted. But the standout is the fascinating closer with a tint of the Amazonian, A Few Words For The Dead. This is kind of Marillion attempting Massive Attack and pulling off an entrancing recording.

All in all Radiation is often experimental but still extremely listenable. A great addition to any collection and an album that is more accessible than many non-Marillion converts might imagine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Radiation is not typical of Marillion's sound but shows a wide ranging talent for bluesy and rockier songs and the musicianship as usual is exemplary. It never ceases to amaze me, just how much emotion Marillion manage to pour into an album. 'Now she'll never know' is almost painful to listen to, it is so heartfelt. 3-minute boy is just beautiful and excellent. It is certainly worth a listen- not just for Marillion fans but also those who love good quality rock!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. T. Wassink on 15 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
When this album came out, a lot of the fans simply hated it. The production is completely different from earlier albums, it's Marillion reïnventing themselves. In those years I felt like being one of the few who actually liked the album.
This positive feeling didn't change over the years. When I composed my own 'walkman best of' list of Marillion songs, a lot of Radition songs were included. Three Minute Boy, These Chains, Now She'll Never Know and the bluesy Born to Run to me are still well crafted beautiful pop/rock songs.
I am happy to see that in recent years a lot of fans are also beginning to appreciate Radiation a bit more. If you wanna know more about that, read the Marillion.com forum.
For me it's a much better album than .com and Strange Engine. But then again, you might find different opinions elsewhere.
If you are new to Marillion, don't start here. Get yourself Afraid of Sunlight or Marbles. If you like those albums you might want to give Radiation a try.
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Format: Audio CD
Speed of delivery and quality of product excellent so well done Amazon!
The album itself is a bit different to the usual Marillion sound but I've found it does grow on you after a few listens or at least some tracks do! The best track on the CD is Three Minute Boy which has a very catchy melody. You'll find yourself humming it without realising. These Chains is my next favourite followed by Under the Sun with its more main stream rock sound.I quite like Cathedral wall with its heavy synth sound. A Few Words For The Dead is a slow builder and makes a good final album track show casing Hogarth's teriffic voice. As others have said this album is not the best bet for new fans to the band but for those who have a lot of Marillion stuff already and don't mind the band trying something a bit different then it's worth buying
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