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This review is from: Holidays in Eden (Audio CD)
So, Fish was gone, and in came Steve Hogarth.
He's got a good voice, has Steve. Sounds a bit like he's got something stuck in his nose and/or throat, but it's not unappealing.
Gone too, though, were the sprawling arrangements and ouright instrumental virtuosity that were Marillion's stock-in-trade. So, the old fans were a bit hacked off, it seems.
But it was brave of them to change direction, to be fair. These are largely pop arrangements, and if they'd tried to replace Fish with a Fish-a-like, they'd have been shot down for cowardice - even if it had worked. Which it wouldn't. The major visionary and lyricist was gone.
So, we had a new band essentially, and this album has some of the teething problems that new bands have. I personally don't like songs with a lyric like "The Party", which is a bit too contemporary for its own good: "She bought a bottle of cider, From the shop on the corner".
But singles like "Cover My Eyes" and "No One Can" showed off Hogarth's pipes, whether you thought they weere a success or a sellout.
This album lays out the band's new wares. I really don't feel they are the emperor's new clothes, because when all is said and done, these boys can PLAY.
Whenever the guitars kick in, there is no question what band you're listening to - even the shiny new production on this album doesn't water down those chops.
So, good for them. It may not be a purist-Marillion album, but it's solid, and never less than intriguing and tuneful.