Marillion – Misplaced Childhood

On Mike‘s recomendation, I bought this CD for $4.99 on our annual trip to Taranna a little while ago. It was Mike, a gigantic fan of the band, who gave me one of their Crash Course CDs a while back too, so suffice it to say that he’s my main Marillion connection.

When I plugged in this CD, I had a small idea of what to expect, both from the Crash Course CD (for their sound in general) and, I quickly realized, from having heard Kayleigh back in the 80s.

And what did I make of this album? It’s fucking fantastic. Well ahead of it’s time sonically, I’d say. No word of a lie, I played this all of the way through and, when I reached the end of the first play and was mightily impressed, I played it again. And again. Three full plays in a day and a half.*

What drew me to this like a magnet? There’s something hypnotic and addictive to this sound, how it lets me drift along with it, yet still demanding my attention for the lyrics and the individual instruments’ efforts. It’s majestic. Not unlike Pink Floyd, in that respect. And like them, it’s melodic as hell, and completely arresting. There’s something for everyone here, and it’s all gorgeously realized.

The only negative here is that it’s taken me 29 years to get to it…

Two thumbs way up! I consider this one of the best scores of our trip this year. Thanks for the recommend, Mike!

 

* My three-year-old daughter also loved it. She happily sang and hummed along in the back seat of the car while it played, a sure sign she was into it. Of course, her saying “Daddy, I like that song!” made it fairly clear, too. So if Marillion was hoping for the three-year-old demographic, there’s a vote over here.

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Posted on December 3, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. WOW. 3 plays in a day and a half!!! I’m so happy!

    I wasn’t sure if you would like it, but I wanted you to have the chance to try it. I’m glad it clicked.

    NOW you need Clutching at Straws!

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  2. I am naked of understanding …

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  3. Nice to have another Marillion fan in the world, and this is a great entry point. I agree with Mike that Clutching At Straws should be your next purchase. Of course, you’re better off going to the source by getting some Gabriel-era Genesis, who were clearly the main influence on Fish-era Marillion. I’ll be happy to give you recommendations on those but only if you ask. I try to avoid unsolicited advice as much as possible.

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  4. Was chatting with a friend about this one just the other day. Your enthusiasm for this has convinced me that I need to get it.

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  5. I don’t think Aaron linked to me enough. Only four links! Is there a link shortage or something? Or have they started charging by the link??

    😉

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  6. When I first heard Marillion of course the first 4 were the only ones that were out, but I quickly fell in love with this album. Alas I have probably played the album proper 3 times in the last 20 years, but it’s a huge one. Full of melody, passion, stinging guitar solos and deft wordplay. Of course now the ultimate Marillion album for me is Clutching At Straws, but MP is a great starting point.

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    • Thanks for chiming in! That’s another recommend for Clutching At Straws, so now it’s a cinch to be on my search list!

      3 times in 20 years? I played it 3 times in 2 days! I’d say it’s time to go give ‘er another spin! 🙂

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