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Patience my tinsel angels!,
This review is from: Happiness Is The Road (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.