Twenty-two years ago, Marillion released its album, THIS STRANGE ENGINE. It should be remembered that this is the fifth album to feature the voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth. As such, reviewers still had to compare the Marillion of Fish to the Marillion of Hogarth. While THIS STRANGE ENGINE earned its just share of good reviews, it also had reviewers crying that while Fish had innovated, Hogarth rested.
AllMusic went so far as to label THE STRANGE ENGINE “ordinary.”
Granted, Marillion had just come off two of its most powerful and unrelentingly intense albums–BRAVE and AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT–but this should not lessen the power of THIS STRANGE ENGINE. Rather, it should add context.