Sounds That Can’t Be Made
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment/earMusic (Edel)
Released: October 2, 2012
Reviewed: September 30, 2102
Sounds That Can’t Be Made, recorded at Racket studio in England, is the 17th album in 30 years for the band that started its recording career in 1983 with Script For A Jester’s Tear. The multi-layered sound recalls such Marillion masterworks as Marbles and Afraid Of Sunlight.
Lead singer Steve Hogarth, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas and drummer Ian Mosley prove they haven’t lost their touch when it comes to epic progressive songwriting, as highlighted in stand-out tracks Gaza and Montreal.
Additional tracks Power (the first video) and Lucky Man are imbued with the intelligent, ethereal quality that still strike a deep chord with songcraft aficionados, yet resonate with soaring, inescapable melodies. Marillion has once again produced an eclectic and adventurous listening experience.
With 20 UK Top 40 hits, this is a band that constantly reinvents itself, thus holding on to a fanatical international fan base. Look upon as leaders of the neo-progressive movement of the early ‘80s, hailed by England’s Classic Rock magazine as a “national treasure,” Marillion has consistently dodged categorization. Genesis and Radiohead may come up in their “audio cocktail” but ask each musician about the world of sound they’ve created and you’re likely to get five different answers. That is what sets Marillion apart from their peers.