Recording information: The Racket Club, Buckinghamshire (2002-2004).
Illustrator: Carl Glover .
Photographer: Carl Glover .
Marillion's 2004 album, MARBLES, is a quintessential example of how far the long-lived British band had come from their beginnings as a neo-prog outfit led by the whimsically named singer Fish. Steve Hogarth (who replaced Fish in the mid-'80s) helped Marillion evolve into more than a gang of Genesis-fanciers over the years. MARBLES incorporates the influences of the Beatles, contemporary Britpop, and even a bit of jazz, creating a sleek, sophisticated sound that's no prog-rock rehash but can still safely be termed art-rock in the literal sense.