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With Steve Hogarth
having eased his way into the band on the 1989 album 'Season's End', 1991's
'Holidays In Eden' consolidated his position and signalled Marillion's further
severing of the umbilical with former frontman Fish.
Produced by Christopher
Neil, 'Holidays In Eden' is one of the band's most commercial offerings but
still wrapped up in their signature prog-rock styling - notably spearheaded
by Steve Rothery's chiming guitar figures. The band were pressured by EMI
who wanted an album with at least three singles, whilst Neil was well-known
for his pop craftsmanship through his work with Celine Dion and Sheena
Hogarth proved himself
a powerful and sensitive singer, no more so than on his older song 'Dry Land'
(written with Colin Woore when he was in How We Live). He also brought fresh
input into the band's songwriting process. With lyricist John Helmer on board,
the band cranked out intelligent AOR which although alienating some of the
older fanbase touched territory that - with the right promotion - could have
won them a whole new audience.
In the post-Fish Marillion
canon, the album now stands slightly apart from what was to follow. After
the prog-rock epic 'Brave' and its successor 'Afraid Of Sunlight' EMI dropped
the band and Hogarth and co. adopted a less accessible, less commercial stance
- evidently buoyed up by Radiohead citing the band as an influence. Latterly
they ply their trade via an active website with many exclusive internet-only
releases, and they astounded the industry by gleaning 13,000 advance orders
via the Net for their self-produced "Anoraknophobia" CD which is arguably
their most accessible since "Holidays".
Holidays In Eden
(remastered with bonus disc)
(EMI CDP 7 92655 2)