As matter of taste I enjoy the guitar rhythm combined with mellotron-like sound and excellent voice of Hogarth. What surprised me - when the first time I first played this album - was "This Is The 21st Century" where it did not attract me at all at first listen because it's so boring. Lately, I found that this track is excellent and I truly enjoy how the music flows nicely. It's a good album.
For those who has been familiar with the music of Porcupine Tree, Radiohead or other prog with ambient style, this album may suit your taste. Good thing also, beside music, the sonic quality is reallygood. Keep on proggin'..!
After trying to renovate themselves in "Radiation" and "Marillion. This is a very eclectic record, with some new sounds and styles never heard before in Marillion. There's some funky influences in Fruit of the Wild Rose, Quartz have some rap verses from Steve Hogarth really strange thing indeed But here are also typical marillion tunes here. Between you and Me is a good opener, very modern sound and good guitar playing at the end, but it's still pure Marillion Map of the World is, for me, the best song of the album.
Really beautiful, a song wich could easily had been in "This Strange Engine". Catchy tune But like I said, the overall feeling of the album is different It's a more electronic album, with a lot of effects and strange keyboards arrangements. And sometimes the results are not really satisfactory Quarz is not bad, but some experiments like the rap verses spoils a little the song but the bass lines and the final choirs are good Separated Out is just insipid Fruit of the Wild Rose is too different of what I expect from Marillion to enjoy it completely The worst song of the album in my humble opinion Conclusion: maybe the most experimental album from Marillion.
It has some interesting new facts wich make it special, but some things are too weird and untypical from Marillion to allow the whlole enjoying of the album. Maybe it's just a problem of my personal preferences The album opens with Between You and Me, which is a glorified pop song. Now, all the pop songs on this album are high quality, very well produced, and very catchy on top of all that.
This song's chorus is very catchy and I'm quite fond of the guitar work from Rothery on this one, really clever work from him here. Quartz is the first 9 minute song on this album, and it really drives one home with a fantastic groove kept alive by the powerful bass of Pete Trewavas.
Steve Hogarth shines on this track with powerful vocals and very well written lyrics. The drumming from Mosley on this track is also top notch. Map of the World is the most blantantly pop song on the album, but it's also got an infectious chorus that will keep you singing it every time you hear it. The keyboard work on this track is stellar, as well. When I Meet God is a bit of an odd rocker that utilizes some looping voices towards the beginning and end, and the keyboards from Kelly bring back memories of the kind of things he was doing in the 80's.
The Fruit of the Wild Rose is the weak link of the album, in my opinion. It's very unfitting and it really disturbs the natural flow of the album. On top of that, it drags out of bit with an overly long jazzy instrumental section towards the end. Seperated Out puts the rocking juices back into this album.
It really has a natural kick to it that Trewavas and Mosley drive home with terrific rhythmic approaches. This is the 21st Century is one of the best Marillion epics to ever be recorded. I say this because musically this song is perfect. It has interesting bits of experimentation from Rothery his guitar tones and effects on this song are very different than anything he's ever done as well as a great extended instrumental section in which each member can really flesh out what they are doing on their respective instruments.
It's the strongest piece on the album and the best Marillion piece to come out since the title track on This Strange Engine. Strong riffs and chord progressions as well as extremely strong vocals from Hogarth are featured here, and it ends the album in a terrific and uplifting fashion.
In the end, Marillion's first album in the new millennium was a definite step in the right direction. Their next album, Marbles, is at par with this album, as that album had the same great balance of progressive rock and solid pop. Any Marillion fan will enjoy this, and any casual fan of progressive rock will find enjoyment in this album as well. As for the band itself, it seems as if they have rediscovered their enthusiasm for their playing, since all of their performances are stand out and dynamic.
Rothery plays his best guitar solos in years while the rhythm section is tight and inventive throughout. Kelly incorporates his keyboard expertly as well, skipping the solos of their previous albums and contributing much more in the way of dynamics and textures.
All in all an easy album to fall in love with, and a great introduction to the band. The opening number is rather pleasant, I admit. Good rhythm, even Hogarth sounds interesting. Rothery again is in good shape it seems that it happens more and more on late Marillion Mark II albums. This song rocks alright, but I am afraid that it will one of the very few good stuff available on "Anoraknophobia". The confirmation comes immediately : "Quartz" has a funky flavour which is not at all my cup of tea.
This long song is totally uninspired. Just another and easy listening rock ballad. Nothing great, I'm afraid.
The following number is far too long over nine minutes. To bear Hogarth's lamentations for such a long song is rather unpleasant for me. Vocals are over-exposed I really wonder why because they are far from being interesting.
His lack of passion is dangerously contagious We'll remain on the soft edge, but at least "The Fruit Of The Wild Rose" has a nice melody and some sorts of blues tint which at least brings a bit of variety. It reminds me "Beautiful" which was a very pleasant song. A good rocking song simlilar in beat to the opening number.
It was about time! Finally, something dynamic to listen to. I am not sure whether or not this band has a developped sense of humour but with the next song "This Is The 21st Century" I have learned at least that Marillion Mark II is aware that they are living in the 21st century. But they should also try and play 21st century music then, instead of releasing the same old stuff since This song is probably effective while you want to get asleep.
But only is these circumstances. Another long Hogarth lamentation. Another long one to finish. This one is a bit different in its mood. The backing instrumental are somewhat resembling to Crimson mainly in the starting phase , while Hogarth is above average and not so invading this time.
Another bearable song. Most of the songs should have been cut by half, to maintain a bit of an interest. Thinking that the ones who pre-paid this work also got the right to receive a special two CD-set version! Two stars. I like the line "Today!
I saw music in the sky". The song gets heavier a minute later as Hogarth raps while Rothery plays a mournful melody. It turns mellow quickly before the heaviness returns. This one is just too poppy. The organ 7 minutes in is a nice touch, but overall i'm not a fan of this tune. The latter song sounds like U2. The last two songs on the album along with the first two are really good though. Simon Heyworth. Recorded By.
Stewart Every. Hot lyrics. Featured lyrics. Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Anoraknophobia is the 12th studio album , and 19th overall, by the British rock band Marillion , released in It is regarded as the first instance of a music recording completely financed by fans in a then-unique fundraising campaign, as more than 12, copies were pre-ordered before the album was even recorded.
In an attempt to depart from their neo-progressive rock past for a contemporary sound, Marillion introduced elements of rap , groove , funk , trip hop , blues , jazz and dub. Although the album received several favourable reviews, it was not a significant commercial success, and its sole single, "Between You and Me", did not chart.
The group supported Anoraknophobia with a six-month European tour. In February , when Marillion prepared for a European tour in support of their ninth studio album, This Strange Engine , Mark Kelly announced on the Internet that the group would not visit North America due to insufficient support from their American record label, Red Ant. Alliance Entertainment, Red Ant's parent company, filed for bankruptcy in July and tried to sell the label.
After releasing marillion. Although a number of independent labels were interested in signing the band, its members wanted to have total control of their music and still be able to use distribution facilities of a major record company. This could only be achieved if the money to create an album was obtained from a different source, and Marillion found an unusual solution, crowdfunding. As they had already learnt of the dedication of the fanbase which had underwritten the North American tour, the band sent e-mails to over 30, people who subscribed to their website, asking whether they would buy an unrecorded album.
Within two days there were around 6, positive replies; ultimately, 12, copies were pre-ordered. This innovative pre-order venture was unexpectedly successful. Anoraknophobia is claimed by Marillion to have been the first crowdfunded album in the music industry. Anoraknophobia was written, recorded and mixed at Marillion's own Racket Club studio in Buckinghamshire, England, for the whole of and early To work on the album, the band chose Dave Meegan who had previously been an assistant engineer on Fugazi and had produced their last two recordings with EMI, Brave and Afraid of Sunlight Stewart Every assisted at mixing of the album.
Bassist Pete Trewavas , said the band had not had any tracks left over from previous sessions which could have been used, so the entire album was written "from scratch". In an interview with the BBC , Hogarth spoke about the band's new musical direction and the album's diverse influences: "With this album there's been a massive invasion of black influence—there's rap, there's groove, there's funk, there's trip hop, blues, jazz, dub.
The line "Freaks! According to Hogarth, the title, nominally a play on the word " arachnophobia ", or fear of spiders, means no fear of anoraks "anorak no phobia" , referring to the long-running in-joke that Marillion fans are also sometimes called anoraks. Inside the liner notes for the pre-order edition of the album, there is a photograph of each of the band members posed in a similar manner and standing near a telephone box.
All who pre-ordered Anoraknophobia received a special page digibook edition with a bonus enhanced disc [nb 1]. Those who pre-ordered before a set date also got their names printed in the booklet.Anoraknophobia, an Album by Marillion. Released 7 May on Sanctuary (catalog no. ; CD). Genres: Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock. Featured peformers: Steve Hogarth (vocals, piano, percussion, aka_text lyrics role_id aka_text), Steve Rothery (guitar, aka_text music role_id aka_text), Mark Kelly (keyboards, aka_text music role_id aka_text), Pete Trewavas (bass, .