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on 4 November 1999
Since the times of "Fugazi" many years have passed: to use a not-so-occasional example, the same amount of years which have passed from Genesis' "Nursery Cryme" to "Invisible Touch"!, yet many Marillion fans would still hope for one of Mark Kelly's epic keyboard solos at the right moment. That's what I thought when, after the first tempo break of the album opener 'A Legacy', I imagined perfectly how it could fit... Yet the greatness of Marillion is that they always take us fans by surprise. From 'Brave' onwards, it has been a race for the most audacious innovation in sound. That will have made them lose part of their old-times fans, but, on the long run, has made the respect of the remaining improve enormously. About this album, it is still one step forward. "A legacy" is a heartbreaker and "Tumble Down the Years" is a great single (the "Chelsea Monday" and the "Kayleigh" of the 21st century?). But also songs like "Go!", "Built-in Bastard Radar" and "House" deserve the fan's attention. Not to speak about the ultimate Marillion masterpiece, "Interior Lulu": the "Grendel feeling" that we used to love is now fading away, dyed in the hard reality of Bret Easton Ellis' novels and all sorts of dreams in technicolor. This is the Marillion that will stay forever.
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on 1 January 2014
I love this album, but a lot of Marillion fans seem to dislike it. I've never understood why. Seriously: The songwriting is flawless, the production fantastic, the album is highly atmospheric with a lot of haunting melodies, there's certainly a lot of variation and Hogarth ('H') sings his shirt off on every single song.

Actually I consider this to be not only Marillions crowning achievement, but also one of the best rock albums from the 90's. But admittedly it takes some time getting to know some of these songs. It's worth it, though. The epic 'Interior Lulu' represents Marillion at their most dark and icy cold (lyrically as well as musically) and might be their best song ever. I get goosebumps every time I hear H singing 'You thought you couldn't feel like this, but it's happening again, you're waking up in pain' etc, and then BAM! Rothery plays this incredibly emotional guitar solo.

Other personal favourites include the opener 'A legacy' which somehow manages to be progressive and catchy at the same time, the wonderful 'Tumble down the years' (a love song really) and the very different (for them at least) closer 'House', where the band just drifts along and approaches Massive Attack-territory and also some slight touches of 'jazz'. Other songs like 'Rich' and 'Built-in bastard radar' are very catchy.

I still come back to this album from time to time and never get tired of it. In the bands huge and to my eyes quite uneven discography, only 'Brave' (1994) and 'This Strange Engine' (1997) can touch this one.
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on 4 November 1999
Marillion never let down their fans! After a somewhat more experimentalist yet excellent 'Radiation' the band goes back to a more traditionalist sound with 'marillion.com'. Songs like 'Rich', 'Go!', 'Interior Lulu'(orgasmic!!) and 'House' will take you to a climax which only Marillion could lead you too! What are you still doing here?! Go and buy this album!!
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on 4 November 1999
This is the album that Marillion was always destined to make. Since h joined the band, they have been slowly evolving into the superb (but very misunderstood) band they are today. In every album released, they were slowly building up to this, the big one. It has something for everyone and there is not a bad song on this album. Interior Lulu is my personal favourite, followed closely by Tumble down the years.
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on 28 April 2000
Yes, this is the best Marillion album since they 'left' EMI. Yes, 'Tumble Down the Years' could be a big hit if it got airplay. These days, though, only Radio 2 would touch it. Could you really see 'Tumble' alongside Lolly on The Box or Radio 1? Times have changed. Marillion were never fashionable, although in 1985 they had novelty value in the charts. I'm an enormous fan, but even I have to admit that we're never gonna see a Marillion resurgence. So, let's stop carping about it. Marillion fans are a niche audience now. If you liked ANY of their other stuff, if you liked latterday Genesis or Pink Floyd, even if you're partial to AOR, you will find plenty here to connect with. Radiohead were undoubtedly influenced by Marillion, but can you see them ever admitting it? Fashion is everything.
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on 4 November 1999
An album that has great diversity of tracks, 3 of which deserve particular mention. 'Deserve' is a belting song, 'Rich' full of "Doo Doo Doo's" which leave you singing along with it, and finally 'Tumble Down The Years' - all about a long term relationship. Given proper radio air time this could be a number one.
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on 2 November 2000
This album is without doubt one of the finest offerings of the Hogarth era. There are those who will say that Marillion were no good as soon as Fish left, but you have to appreciate that with Fish went the Fish style and the rest of the band are now trying to produce albums that don't all sound the same. This album changes all the way through and in 'Interior Lulu' we have surely one of the best Marillion songs since Script. A must buy album, and the next one's out soon.....
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on 7 April 2000
What can I say the guys have still got it. They have not only written great tunes but managed to write origional music as well with out comprimising their talent and ability. And after seeing 5 straight nights on the .com tour I can promise they will not dissapoint live either.
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on 13 June 2000
'Brave' remains the watermark for the Hogarth era, but this is a close challenger to that crown. The price of this CD alone is justified by 'Interior Lulu', an absolutely wonderful, imaginative, inventive, restless, adventurous and and unforgettable epic. Marillion are the only band currently recording that still believe in exploring longevity in popular music, in an age of loops, samples and vacuous repetition. Of the other tracks, 'Go!' is brilliant and inspired -- similar to 'Beautiful' from 'Afraid of Sunlight' -- while 'House' is one of their more welcome 'new directions' and has some of the best drumming ever to feature on a Marillion CD. Ignore the comments of Fish-throwbacks and 80s nostalgics (hey, I was there, it wasn't that good, y'know) and keep yourself up to date, like the band have, with 'Marillion.com'. Great stuff.
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on 9 October 2012
Always liked this album as it restored my faith in Marillion somewhat. After the disappointing Radiation (although it's grown on me since) which seemed disjointed and a bit too loose production wise for my liking, I nearly gave up on the band after that but read a very good review of this album (may have been Q) which tempted me back. A big improvement on Radiation, with some good strong melodic songs with 2 of their best longer songs to finish. After this they went from strength to strength with Anoraknophobia and Marbles.

Excellent repackage with additional photos and bigger print for the lyrics which is an improvement! Only slight downside is that it's described as having a 36 page booklet, well by my reckoning it only adds up to 24 pages!
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