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This review is from: Tales From The Engine Room (Audio CD)
The crossing of genres is not exactly a new thing. Rock and dance mixing has been attempted many times before with varied success. However, by crossing the barrier you stand at risk of alienating both fan bases with an end product that is both unsatisfactory and belittling.
With Marillion's determined and passionate fans always willing to vehemently protect the image of one of modern rock's most innovative artists, it came as somewhat of a surprise when the band sought an audience down an alien path. Thankfully, the gamble has paid off, and in truth this 'remixed' version is a richer and more fulfilling experience than its host album.
The success lies in the apparent restraint showed by all concerned. It would have been easy to overlay a shallow, bouncing beat on every track in an attempt to take Marillion to a place they would never have dreamed of; the dance floor. Instead, we have a work enhanced by innovation and taken into a pleasing direction, opening the Marillion sound up to yet another audience.
It is indicative of Marillion's willingness to experiment that following this albums success, they moved into an even greater area of creativity. Fans of Marillion be advised, this is a wonderful addition to your collection. For the curious, expect much serendipity.