Monday, May 7, 2001

Marillion Anoraknophobia released



Released: May 7, 2001

Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: neo-progressive rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release)

  1. Between You and Me [6:28] (10/8/01, --)
  2. Quartz [9:27]
  3. Map of the World (Hogarth/ Rothery/ Kelly/ Trewavas/ Mosley/ Eede) [5:02]
  4. When I Meet God [9:18]
  5. The Fruit of the Wild Rose [6:57]
  6. Separated Out [6:13]
  7. This Is the 21st Century [11:07]
  8. If My Heart Were a Ball It Would Roll Uphill [9:28]

All songs written by Hogarth/Rothery/ Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley unless otherwise noted.

Total Running Time: 63:31

The Players:

  • Steve Hogarth (vocals, percussion)
  • Steve Rothery (guitar)
  • Pete Trewavas (bass)
  • Mark Kelly (keyboards)
  • Ian Mosley (drums)


3.283 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“Marillion took a bold step with their 12th studio album; having run their own record label for some time, they issued a call for advance orders, payable directly to the band, thereby obviating any need for an advance from a larger company and allowing the band to retain all rights to the finished work. 12,674 fans worldwide answered that call; their reward was a deluxe package with a bonus track, thanking everyone who'd paid before a certain date.” AMG

“The quintet muddied their waters somewhat with the high ‘pricing’ of their new project. A press release from the band didn't help, with its quote from singer Steve Hogarth, ‘You're all wrong about Marillion,’ followed by an imperious ‘challenge’ from the publicist to review the album without using a certain seven terms…‘because if you do, we'll know that you haven't listened to it.’ This odd poise of seeming to snap on feeding fingers carries over to the record on several levels.” AMG

“Hogarth asks, ‘What gets in between,’ at several points in the otherwise joyous Between You and Me.” AMG Despite the song’s six-minute-running time, it was released as the sole single to promote the album.

“For the nine-minute Quartz, the band plods out a deliberately madding rhythm while the protagonist first suspects, then lathers himself into believing that he and his significant other are incompatible.” AMG

Map of the World, co-written with Cutting Crew's Nick Van Eede, celebrates the flight of a young girl into the world and adult adventures, even if it isn't clear how ‘Paris, London, and New York’ will differ from the lights of her town, ‘all singin' 'buy some of this, come on.’” AMG

Separated Out hisses and screeches the pain of freakdom; the listener may not know that dedicated Marillion fans call themselves ‘freaks,’ after a Fish-era B-side that seemed to celebrate freaks finding each other. Is this latter-day song a plea for acceptance on behalf of the band, or a repudiation of what came before?” AMG

“If Marillion can't or won't solve any of these dilemmas, they at least uphold their tradition of lyrics flush with text and subtext and ever-shifting music that incorporates up-to-date influences with authority and no track of trend-mongering slavishness.” AMG

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First posted 3/14/2008; last updated 3/6/2022.

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