Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 2: The Hard Shoulder Import
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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).
Special mention goes to the opening track Thunderfly, in which the band manage to seamlessly merge hook-laden rock with ambient oases of gentle colours and sound, to create a single track which I promise sounds like nothing you will have ever heard before.
There are bands out there approaching their 'difficult second albums' that would kill for material this good - god only knows how Marillion manage to keep this up at their 15th attempt.
I have listened to both discs quite a few times now (Vol 1: Essence & Vol 2: The Hard Shoulder)
I love it. I think its fantastic!
The more I listen to it the more I get into it. For me its one of those albums that I have to sit down and listen to...to get myself in tune with and to get absorbed into it both musically and lyrically. Many elements are not openly obvious to me, at first...but when I get it, its great. To me these are very important elements of what makes a great album! The gentle and subtle things are just as important as the powerful ones. And the production.... YES! ...wonderful to my ears! :)
I'm enjoying the journey...
To the band and Mike Hunter (+Roderick & Jon & other contributors),
thanks for paving the way...
its a happy road to travel :)
Give this album a close listen and a chance. Give it time. It gets better and better. :)
Steve Hogarth's voice is again brilliant and emotional and Mark Kelly's keyboards are exceptional and he is all over this album. Highlights from volume two include The Man From the Planet Marzipan, Older Than Me, Threw Me Out, Whatever is Wrong With You and Real Tears For Sale.
All in all this album is a must buy and possibly one of the best albums of 2008, it's quite simply stunning.
This new album needs listening to properly and on a good stereo. If you do you will be rewarded with one of the finest albums, not just by Marillion but by anyone ever. Highlights on disc 2 include Thunder Fly, The Man from Planet Marzipan, Older Than Me, Throw Me Out, Whatever Is Wrong You and Real Tears for Sale.
Steve Hogarth is again on fine form with great lyrics and his amazing voice. But it's not just him as all five of them are on top form and have created a stunning emotional album.
I strongly recommend this album but make sure you listen to it properly and you will be rewarded. It's a masterpiece.
This album is sublime from the opening track on the first CD - Essence to the last track on the 2nd CD - The Hard Shoulder there are no duff tracks or fillers just brilliantly crafted moving prog rock music.
Support these guys and buy this album - they richly deserve all the success it brings them.
Heres looking forward to album 16!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boring! Where's the rock amd emotion! All one paced, SLOW! More of a pop band now, won't waste my money buying anymore cd's from this band!Published on 25 Feb. 2012 by Ian Fieldhouse
I put off getting these albums for years because I was scared that they might disappoint me to the point where I would "fall out" with Marillion. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2010 by E. Pearson
I had a feeling that this would happen again!!!!
Mike Hunter is totally unqualified to produce anybody's music. Read more
I am really dissapointed with the music of Marillion since Marbles. "Sowhere else" was boring, but this is simply empty. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2009 by PNeruda
Maybe a couple of years listening to heavier rock or symphonic metal have dulled my reception of the contemporary Marillion sound but I just found the whole... Read more
Yet again as with Vol 1 this is a tired album with the band having no new ideas. With the two cd scenario I feel ripped off! A once great band now producing drivel. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2008 by M. Clarke
I review Marillion's latest as a double cd and I've waited a while to review this since the band uses to make "growth" cd's. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2008 by Bart Rietveld
Like CD1, Essence, I find myself giving this a satisfactory rating. The second album is rescued by 3 tracks, Threw Me Out, Older Than Me and the truly magnificent Asylum Satellite... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2008 by Rik P