This is the 21st Century (song) by Marillion  » Music  »
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  • This song is not one of the most obviously commercial tracks that Marillion have ever put out, thanks mostly to its enormous length, but on the other hand I do consider it to be a bit more accessible than some of the really obscure parts of their output
  • Admittedly there's a drum loop in there, which some Marillion fans might see as selling out a bit, but personally I really don't think that that's a problem at all

    • by fredhound
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      This is the 21st Century is a song by the progressive rock group Marillion, which was first released in the 1990s but which has had several further releases since that time, some of them in a (to my way of thinking) considerably inferior acoustic version that was cut to about half the original’s epic eleven minute running time. This song is not one of the most obviously commercial tracks that Marillion have ever put out, thanks mostly to its enormous

      length, but on the other hand I do consider it to be a bit more accessible than some of the really obscure parts of their output!

      This is one of those songs whose interpretation is a very personal thing, but as far as I can tell it is, at least in part, a reaction against the idea that science can explain everything - hence lines such as “and it’s all in the brain” or telling us that mathematics is capable of ...


      • explaining it all. It seems to be set in some sort of near-future dystopian society (after all, it was still not quite the 21st century for real when the song was first released) in which this sort of scientific thinking had been taken to its extreme, and the singer (and the woman also mentioned) are trying somehow to convince themselves that “magic isn’t dead” even yet.

        What makes this song so good is its swirling instrumentals. Admittedly there’s a drum loop

        in there, which some Marillion fans might see as selling out a bit, but personally I really don’t think that that’s a problem at all. The mirror-like, bubbly synths are more in evidence and create a slightly uncomfortable, futuristic feel that goes really well with lines that claim that a man in a “mirrored building” has just “bought the world”, implying that everything has been reduced to a matter of profit and loss. Really, this is an all round great song.




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