Marillion An Hour Before It's Dark 180g Vinyl 2LP
It would seem that much of the foreboding in our last album FEAR turned out to be well-founded...
For this one I set out to avoid writing about the pandemic at all costs because I thought every other artist would be. When push came to shove though, it was impossible not to reference it.
It has become part of life so there's no ignoring it creatively just as there's no ignoring it, period.
However, the pandemic isn't our biggest problem, the mass extinction and the climate-gone-mad is where we really need to blow our economies - personal and national.
We're going to have to save the earth whether we're hippies or billionaires. That's got to be our number 1 priority.
We're gonna have to be hard on ourselves. It was this thought that shaped the overall lyrical arc of this album. Despite the bleak concept, musically it's rich and perhaps our most upbeat work for many years.
(There is also a love song to Leonard Cohen and a song about a big diamond).
Marillion An Hour Before It's Dark Track Listing:
1. Be Hard On Yourself: (i) The Tear In The Big Picture / (ii) Lust For Luxury / (iii) You Can Learn
2. Reprogram The Gene: (i) Invincible / (ii) Trouble-Free Life / (iii) A Cure For Us?
3. Only A Kiss (instr.)
4. Murder Machines
5. The Crow And The Nightingale
6. Sierra Leone: (i) Chance In A Million / (ii) The White Sand / (iii) The Diamond / (iv) The Blue Warm Air / (v) More Than Treasure
7. Care: (i) Maintenance Drugs / (ii) An Hour Before It's Dark / (iii) Every Cell / (iv) Angels On Earth
8. Murder Machines 12" Remix