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Released: September 21, 1998

Rating: 3.5 (average of 5 ratings)

Genre: rock > neo-progressive

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Costa del Slough [1:24]
  2. Under the Sun [4:13]
  3. The Answering Machine [3:48]
  4. Three Minute Boy [5:59]
  5. Now She'll Never Know [4:59]
  6. These Chains [4:49]
  7. Born to Run [5:12]
  8. Cathedral Wall [7:19]
  9. A Few Words for the Dead [10:31]

All songs written by Hogarth/Rothery/
Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley unless otherwise noted.

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 35

Singles/Hit Songs:

Notes: Album was also released with alternate version of "Estonia" and "Memory of Water" (both from This Strange Engine).

“Abandoning the acoustic approach of This Strange Engine, Marillion turns back toward the heavier sound of Afraid of Sunlight. Arguably influenced by Radiohead's 1997 album OK Computer, the album also shows a Beatles sound that lends more of a pop flavor than the band had shown before. Answering Machine, These Chains and Under the Sun are appealing tracks, while Three Minute Boy, yet another Marillion examination of the impact of fame, contains some of Steve Rothery's best guitar work in years.” DJ

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Last updated March 10, 2011.