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“Somewhere Else” by Marillion

Artist: Marillion
Title: “Somewhere Else”
Label: MVD Entertainment
Release Date: 4/24/2007
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 3/5

With the release of “Marbles” a couple of years ago, Marillion showed their fans that the band was still a vibrant and intriguing source of Progressive Rock music and this album touched upon the elements of Pink Floyd as well as their own past to offer up some unique material once again. The album itself was praised high and low as the band’s return as a force to be reckoned with as far as the genre was concerned. “Somewhere Else” finds them taking a little bit of a risk with the re-establishing that they achieved on “Marbles” because after the first few numbers you are left wondering about the band and curious as to what plans they have for us in the future. The opener of “The Other Half” is interesting enough with its atmospheric vibe and unique guitar styling ala Steve Rothery and while “Most Toys” is a solid enough number it seems as though it could have been written for Peter Gabriel. “Thank You Whoever You Are” is a reflective ballad that comes in far too early and would have served best as the albums closer and to me this felt as that they were aiming for the crowd that listens to the likes of Coldplay or Radiohead as opposed to their core listener base.
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