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Released: June 24, 1991

Rating: 3.469 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: rock > neo-progressive

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Splintering Heart [6:51]
  2. Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven) [3:56]
  3. The Party [5:36]
  4. No One Can [4:39]
  5. Holidays in Eden(l: Helmer; m: Marillion) [5:58]
  6. Dry Land (Hogarth/ Woore) [4:42]
  7. Waiting to Happen [4:55]
  8. This Town [3:18]
  9. The Rakes Progress [1:54]
  10. 100 Nights [6:42]

Lyrics by Steve Hogarth; music by Marillion (Hogarth/ Kelly/ Mosley/ Rothery/ Trewavas) unless noted otherwise.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 7

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Notes: When released in the U.S., the tracks were in a different order and B-sides "A Collection" and "How Can It Hurt" were added. The album was intended as a more mainstream rock album but failed to attract a wider audience. Those 2 cuts were also on the 2-disc reissue, along with non-album cuts "Sympathy" (2 versions) "I Will Walk on Water," (both of which were on the 1992 compilation Six of One, Half of Dozen of the Other), "You Don't Need Anyone," "Eric," and "The Epic (Fairground)." Also included are alternate versions of "Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)," "Splintering Heart," "No One Can," "The Party," "This Town," and "Waiting to Happen."

Holidays in Eden
“Faced with flagging sales on their first post-Fish release Season's End, progressive rockers Marillion paired themselves with pop producer Christopher Neil for 1991's Holidays in Eden. It wasn't exactly a move that paid either commercial or artistic dividends, as the results are so diluted and bland that one can only hope this was a desperate attempt to appease their label. There were several singles that charted in the U.K., but they could have been performed by anyone or, worse, in the case of the ringing guitars on Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven), it sounds as though they want to reinvent themselves as U2. It's a record that will surely disappoint fans of their more progressive work and, lacking a distinctive personality, hardly elicit excitement from newcomers” (Demalon).

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Last updated March 10, 2011.