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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long album that contains some of the best Marillion songs and few fillers, 16 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Happiness Is The Road (Audio CD)
One year after release of "Somewhere Else" band releases new album. Marillion have even decided to release double album following fantastic success of "Marbles" which was double release as well and received more than positive feedback from fans and critics. Fans demanded another double album and Marillion decided to meet that demand. While double "Marbles" is very coherent and I can't really find song that was typical "filler", "Happiness is the Road" doesn't do the same. First of all it seems like two discs mean two separated albums. Volume 1 has been called "Essence" and is more or less concept album. Volume 2 has been called "The Hard Shoulder" and is collection of non-connected lyrically or musically songs. Those two volumes deliver massive amount of Marillion music. And that is exactly my problem with "Happiness". When I have listened to double "Marbles" I have had impression that all music and lyrics are in perfect balance and album can last forever. "Happiness is the Road" however because of the separation for the two volumes and its length can't be treated in the same way. There are no bad songs on this album. I find some very good songs and some "average" Marillion songs but there is nothing I would really don't like it. It is just too long. For me it could be one of the best Marillion albums if band decided to compile the best songs from both volumes on one disc i.e.:
1. Essence
2. Wrapped Up In Time
3. Nothing Fills The Hole
4. Woke Up
5. Trap The Spark
6. A State of Mind
7. Happiness Is The Road
8. Thunder Fly
9. The Man From The Planet Marzipan
10. Asylum Satellite #1
11. Older Than Me
12. Whatever Is Wrong With You
13. Real Tears For Sale
That would be (my) perfect 77 minutes of "Happiness Is the Road". I think it would create fantastic and compact collection of some of the best songs written by the band. Those are my highlights of the album. "Woke Up" and "Real Tears for Sale" should be released as the singles to promote the album. I rate this album only for 3 starts as it has fantastic material but filled with songs that could be avoided (and released on some kind of bonus disc or as B-sides).
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