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Clutching At Straws (album) by Marillion

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Clutching At Straws
Clutching At Straws by Marillion (1987)
Overall rank: 1,338th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 119 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1987 (27th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (209th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,338th)

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Marillion bestography

Clutching At Straws is ranked 3rd best out of 33 albums by Marillion on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Marillion is Misplaced Childhood which is ranked number 611 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,271.

Marillion album bestography « Higher ranked (960th) This album (1,338th) Lower ranked (1,759th) »
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Members who like this album also like: Misplaced Childhood by Marillion, Script For A Jester's Tear by Marillion and Fugazi by Marillion.

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The last Fish vocal Marillion album and although very good, at the time it did not have the impact the first three albums had on me. I was gutted when Fish left (they were the first band I saw live - Real to Reel tour - and my favourites at the time) but listening now I think you can hear things were changing...shame neither Fish nor Marillion were as good afterwards.
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In my opinion they improved their sound immensely from Misplaced Childhood. Its more progressive and less poppy. Steve Rothery is fantastic on this album. Fish voice sounds very reminiscent of Peter Gabriel during the Genesis on this album. Very ethereal and dreamy, nice 80s synth and guitar sound.
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From patip1
Again an impressive beginning with that epic-sounding feel. Always liked 'Torch Song'.
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I think it's a slight improvement over Misplaced Childhood, but by this point it was clear that the band was taking a far more "adult-oriented" and less proggy direction. The direction's certainly not a bad thing, but I think the band lost some of its energy and power along the way. The first two Marillion albums are melodic, deep, yet also very powerful. This one...well, it's up and down. It's a little too soft on the whole. With that said, the opening 3 tracks are stellar, and White Russian gives me that Fugazi vibe I've been looking for.
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I first heard this album live. It has the energy of their early days but the lyrics seem slightly less corny to me.
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