Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
14 September 2012

Disc I
01. Gaza
02. Sounds That Can't Be Made
03. Pour My Love
04. Power
05. Montreal
06. Invisible Ink
07. Lucky Man
08. The Sky Above The Rain

Disc II [deluxe edition bonus DVD]
+ Making Sounds

Sounds That Can't Be Made is a release from late 2012 from the British Marillion. Ever since Steve "h" Hogarth's entrance in the band, Marillion presented a very different personality compared to what they presented with former vocalist Fish. I read once in a magazine or on the Internet that if Coldplay had released an album like this, the album would have sold out all over the world. I agree with the sentence, Marillion are put aside when it comes to selling albums, but I also think it's their own fault. Their material is not commercial at all, mainly ever since Hogarth's entrance in the band. They are definitely more artistic, but the big problem is that all the songs have a very deep meaning and don't go straight to the point.

In this album, the British natives return with a typical Marillion album: very artistic, deep, meaningful, and very very lengthy. I like the band now but I enjoyed them much more in the Fish-era, they were much more progressive, direct and straightforward with their music than they are now. The album itself covers all type of favourite subjects for Marillion like war, love, reflection, thought, and life. Sounds That Can't Be Made starts with the very real and emotional "Gaza", the track is a 17-minute epic track with different tempos and different degrees of intensity. There are three different songs that are more than ten minutes in length: "Gaza", "Montreal", and "The Sky Above The Rain". The title track is one of my favourites, "Sound That Can't Be Made" is one of the shortest tracks on the album and one of the most difficult to interpret, it may have different meanings and several interpretations. It's very well produced, like all the albums of the group, the band always kept a great sense of regard in that field. The band's performance is perfect for this album, great voice by Steve "h" Hogarth, great guitar moments by Steve Rothery and great instrumental union of the bass, drums and keyboards.

Although I have a few critiques of the style of playing and composing of the band, I admire their talent. The band is one of the few that like to give the fans their money's worth and like to play what they want and not what is commercially accepted. They compose what they love and never sell out to some type of radio audience. "Gaza", "Sounds That Can't Be Made", "Power" and "Montreal" are my favourite tracks. It's a "must-listen" album for the fans and true admirers of the band. For those who don't like the band's persona, I wouldn't recommend the entire album but at least three or four tracks.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 8

Band profile: Marillion
Album: Sounds That Can't Be Made


written by AndMetalForAll | 02.03.2013

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BloodTears - 03.03.2013 at 14:22  

I'm yet to listen to this album properly. I did give it a few spins but didn't give it as much attention as I think it deserves. I hope I can do that soon.
AndMetalForAll - 10.03.2013 at 02:01  
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Demonic Tutor - 01.08.2015 at 04:56  
Killer album. Complex enough to grow on the listener after repeated listens but full of gems.
Daniell - 06.08.2015 at 13:02  
I've been a fan of Marillion since 1986. I never got back into them after Fish left.

But it's not my point. My point is - why is this (admitteldy great) band even featured here???

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