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Afraid Of Sunlight

Marillion

1995

Afraid Of Sunlight
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Afraid of Sunlight is Marillion's eighth studio album, released in 1995. It was their last for EMI (who would, however, continue to release back-catalogue material on compilations and re-issues, as well as distribute some later recordings). Afraid of Sunlight was the first Marillion studio album to fail to reach the Top 10 in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number 16 and falling out of the Top 75 after two weeks. Despite this, Afraid of Sunlight became one of the band's most critically acclaimed albums and was included in Q magazine's "Recordings of the Year" for 1995. It was retrospectively described by Jeri Montesano of Allmusic as "the peak of Marillion's growing, impressive body of work" and by colleague Jason Ankeny as "the most consistent Marillion release to date".

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Rating

2.59

Votes

49

Genres

  • Rock

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Sun Jun 16 2024
4

I like progressive rock, but I've never really gotten into the more modern stuff. This is very good. I like it better than some of the other more modern prog rock I've heard, e.g. Porcupine Tree. 4 stars.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
4

Didn't know them before, but easily understand why one would choose this album. Gives me Idlewild vibes.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
3

I think there was another album by this band, I can't recall I'd it was on the main list or contributor submitted. I also think my reaction was similar. Clearly a lot of talent here but a dominant ratio of it lands in this kind of zone... proclamatory, almost operatic vocals, music on a kind of rising swell... like it's all climax. It wore me out.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
3

Wikipedia tells me that this is a "Modern prog rock band" Yep. They are.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
3

First, I'm more a fan of the Steve H. era than the few albums they did with Fish. So, this album has a head start. I have to say this is definitely not their best effort. Simply because it's too precarious in contrast with albums like their magnum opus Brave and Marbles. On the other hand it inhabits beautiful songs like the titletrack and one of best progrocksongs in my opinion: Out of This World. All in all, 3 stars are sufficient.

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Mon Jun 17 2024
3

The reading on Afraid of Sunlight deceives. The production is lush, sure; At the same time, the record starts with three reasonably different productions then slides into diet U2 space. Nothing wrong with that; The vocals only get a little bit annoying on the second half and the sound is entirely appropriate for a wistful radio-prog venue. It's not an affect to dazzle. Doubling down on variety or majesty would have, ironically, produced a more dynamic listen.

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Mon Jun 17 2024
3

Wasn't really what I would listen to

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Mon Jun 17 2024
3

lol, second Marillion album in the user list. I don't mind some of their 80s stuff with the other singer, but I'd never heard this. They really are a nerd band for nerds. So up their own arses. 3/5.

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Fri Jun 21 2024
3

This album was not really for me. The music was well arranged, but it seemed to keep building with an unsatisfactory release. It is also very of its time which didn’t work for me in this case.

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Wed Jun 26 2024
3

I particularly enjoy Fish-era 1980s Marillion and stopped following them after Seasons End. This is mature and sounding like Talk Talk and U2. Out of this world has the Marillion instrumentation that I recall fondly, but they seem to have moved away from the synth sound or as much chorused guitar I enjoyed. Nonetheless, it's a pleasant sound.

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Sun Jun 30 2024
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Icon, Second chance

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Sun Jun 16 2024
2

In a way this would be a perfect addition to the standard 1001, as it falls right into the bland, cloying Britpop that makes up a good chunk of the list. Some good melodies here and there but not nearly enough to salvage the LP.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
2

I was with it until "Beautiful," then I lost all hope of making it through the rest.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
2

These guys have a lot to tell. 1 hour and 40 minutes worth of stuff. Stuff that doesn't really interest me that much.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
1

For my taste it was very numbing or just for background, the kind of music that while you listen to it you think about something else except the effect of the music, I don't remember a single memorable track.

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