Title: “Happiness Is The Road, Volume 1: The Essence
Label: MVD Audio
Release Date: 10/28/2008
Genre: Progressive Rock
Marillion is definitely proving themselves to be a band that not only continually keeps their fans in releases but also by being a band that confuses these same listeners with the apparent on and off strength of the material they choose to dish out. I say this not as a “Fish Head” even though I loved those years, but as someone who chose to maintain course with the band as Hogarth joined in and delivered a number of amazing but different sounding albums. It was clear from his beginnings in the group that a different direction was being taken and for the most part these early albums were incredible. Steam was lost several years ago with “Radiation” and “Marillion.com” and it seemed to be business as usual with the incredible “Marbles”. Then came “Somewhere Else” and to say that this placid and tedious album was boring would be an understatement. The bands follow up would have to impress me quite a bit I felt and I anxiously awaited the release which came to the listeners this time as two distinct CD’s; Part One being “Essence” and Part Two being “The Hard Shoulder”. My copies were not together like some editions are so I adventured into them one at a time. Here goes nothing.
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