Introduction: 2012’s Sounds That Can’t Be Made was the seventeenth Marillion album, the thirteenth with Steve Hogarth. A CD & DVD version of the album in luxurious hard slipcase form, featuring a book full of the names of those who had pre-ordered.
The album had a difficult conception, with the band reportedly nearly splitting when a writing session in Portugal coincided with a period of serious illness for Steve Hogarth’s partner and son, meaning the vocalist was unable to contribute. After some time off from writing, they recommenced at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios where the writing was unforced, and the songs started to flow. However, the delay to recording eventually resulting in the band compiling the later additions while on their US tour for the album – hardly ideal.