Thursday 17 December 2020

Marillion - This Strange Engine (1997)

The ninth album from this British band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, percussion, keyboards, bass, guitars and vocals.

The band had help from guest musicians who provided balalaika, trumpet, saxophone and a choir.

Marillion post Fish had really established themselves now. Fish was doing his own thing and releasing some good albums. Ditto for Marillion with Steve Hogarth at the microphone. 

 It was a win win situation for everyone. I am not complaining, at least.

Marillion was now more leaning towards art-rock than neo-prog on this album.

Steve Rothery gave us some very good guitars and the rest of the band was firing on the cylinders too. Perhaps not all of the cylinders.

Not all the songs are good on this album. The sound is good though and a couple of songs are a step above the rest of the songs.

The end result is another good album from Marillion and another album well worth checking out. This band has so far delivered and I hope they did that on the remainder of their studio albums. Reviews of them will follow this winter.

3 points

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