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Clutching At Straws


Download links and information about Clutching At Straws by Marillion. This album was released in 1987 and it belongs to Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal genres. It contains 23 tracks with total duration of 01:48:23 minutes.

Artist: Marillion
Release date: 1987
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Tracks: 23
Duration: 01:48:23
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No. Title Length
1. Hotel Hobbies (1999 Remastered Version) 3:35
2. Warm Wet Circles (1999 Remastered Version) 4:25
3. That Time of the Night (The Short Straw) (1999 Remastered Version) 6:00
4. Going Under (1999 Remastered Version) 2:47
5. Just For the Record (1999 Remastered Version) 3:09
6. White Russian (1999 Remastered Version) 6:27
7. Incommunicado (1999 Remaster) 5:16
8. Torch Song (1999 Remastered Version) 4:05
9. Slainte Mhath (1999 Remastered Version) 4:44
10. Sugar Mice (1999 Remastered Version) 5:46
11. The Last Straw/Happy Ending (1999 Remastered Version) 5:58
12. Incommunicado (Alternative Version; 1999 Remastered Version) 5:57
13. Tux On (1999 Remastered Version) 5:13
14. Going Under (Extended Version; 1999 Remastered Version) 2:48
15. Beaujolais Day 4:51
16. Story From a Thin Wall 6:47
17. Shadows On the Barley 2:07
18. Sunset Hill 4:21
19. Tic-Tac-Toe 2:59
20. Voice In the Crowd 3:29
21. Exile On Princes Street 5:29
22. White Russians (Demo) 6:15
23. Sugar Mice In the Rain 5:55



Written and conceived during a period of inner-band turmoil, Clutching at Straws would prove to be Fish's swan song, and perhaps Marillion's most unheralded masterpiece. Teaming up once again with producer Chris Kimsey, Clutching at Straws showcases some of the band's most satisfying compositions, including the magnificent "Warm Wet Circles" and "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)." Bookended by Fish's disgust with not only himself, "Torch Song," but also with the burgeoning neo-Nazi uprising in Europe, "White Russian," the great Scot delivers an inspired condemnation. The commercial pomp and circumstance of "Incommunicado" also gives way to a self-parodying confessional inspired by Fish's inability to see himself as a bona fide rock star and celebrity ("I want to do adverts for American Express cards, talk shows on prime time T.V."). Tour opener "Slainte Mhath" is simple and elegant, building to its dramatic crescendo only to be upstaged by "Sugar Mice" — quite simply, one of Marillion's best commercial singles ever. The album's stunning closer, "The Last Straw," is Fish's self-realization that yes, the band is not only over, but that in his mind, it's null and void ("and if you ever come across us, don't give us your sympathy"). Steve Rothery's blinding guitar solo brings the whole thing down to a crashing finish (prophetically, announcing his arrival as the band's true musical instigator on subsequent Fish-less records).