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  • Vinyl (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005FNSJDC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Blu-ray  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Grace For Drowning is Steven Wilson's second album and develops further the uncompromising creativity evident on his highly regarded debut, Insurgentes. A double album, featuring Two 40-45 minute albums in the same package, Wilson describes the release as, "My biggest project to date." Wilson adds, "Insurgentes was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it's more experimental and more eclectic. For me, the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create 'journeys in sound' I guess you could call them. So, without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There's everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz inspired piece. I've actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records." The limited vinyl edition features both 'albums' on heavyweight (180gm) vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. 'This is a magnificent step up; he simply can't be stopped.' Classic Rock Prog #1 album of the year readers poll 'An album that can't really be described but it urgently calls to be heard' Classic Rock 'Wilson's ability to create music so prodigiously and to such consistent standards remains a mystery. With his second solo album, the Porcupine Tree leader has done it again.' - Metal Hammer 'an immersive, ambitious project that demands repeated spins' - Mojo 4* 'A dense yet extremely coherent album Grace For Drowning succeeds brilliantly... Prog album of the year' - Terrorizer 5* 'A majestic soundscape created by an innovative, forward-looking musician immersed in the history of music' - Record Collector 'Prog rock wrung dry of nostalgia, perfect not for drowning but immersion.' - Rolling Stone 4*

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Format: Audio CD
Steven Wilson never does things by halves. And Grace For Drowning is no exception. With this being one of my most anticipated releases this year (along with Opeth's Heritage) I was hoping that it wouldn't disappoint, and I can happily say that it doesn't.

Broken up into two discrete albums, Grace for Drowning starts with the beautifully mellow title track which leads into the thumping instrumental Sectarian. It's a driving, energetic piece which shows it's roots in seventies Prog and also alludes to the more jazzier sections which will appear on the album later on. Sectarians leads into the 'title track' of the first album, which is Deform to Form a Star. Now this to me embodies everything that Steven Wilson is all about. A beautiful ballad, incredibly well constructed and performed. Lush harmonies make up the sublime chorus, and to me, one of the best songs on the entire record (sorry, showing my age there). No Part of Me is up next, and this feels a lot more laid back - a light and airy track laid on a bed of soft electronica which leads into a heavier closing section. If anything, this track highlights the level of diversity which appears on the album as a whole - it would be impossible to label this album, or to pigeon-hole it into any one category, as there are bits of everything in here - and that is a good thing believe me. As the glitchy electronica fades, the soft piano of Postcard kicks in - and again, another one of Wilson's masterstrokes. An impossibly sad song, which climaxes in strings and choirs - magical stuff. Raider Prelude is exactly what it says, a short instrumental piece which prepares the listener for the second album's centrepiece. A short number, but it doesn't need to much more than it is.
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I am well impressed with this album. Steven has made remarkable things in the past but never as eclectic in style. If you like long musical passages with layers of sound, composed and produced with a great attention to detail, you will find it all here. I believe this album will appeal to a wide spectrum of fans, including those yet not familiar with Steven's great talent. There is something for rock, jazz and even classical music fans. I find the album more mature and in many ways better than his debut. It is hard to say if any of the songs can become potential classics, perhaps there are no hit songs, but the album seems to have good odds to become a classic as a whole. I rarely hear albums so elaborated, still interesting and enjoyable after a few careful listens. If you already are a Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson's fan this album is simply a must. I could as easily recommend it to anyone with a taste for a high quality progressive rock, certainly too demanding to reach the so called mass audience. Thanks to Amazon for a quick download.
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I have been listening to progressive rock music for over 30 years and until a few years ago, I was convinced that the progression had stopped. My favourite band through the seventies and right up to today were/are King Crimson. It was when I first heard PT, that I found another band of the same high standard... and now they are both closely linked. Steven Wilson, whether solo, in PT,Blackfield, No-Man, or any of his other guises has shown that talent still exists and he must rank very highly as one of the finest composer/players around today. He also manages to find the best musicians to accompany him.
His latest release is a wonderful mix of different styles, tempos and emotions, yet still retains his own unique imprint.
Like the best albums, you won't fully appreciate it until you've given it several listens. Then, it will stay with you and never sound dated.
Steven has taken his influences and what he's learned from his recent collaborations and put together a stunning selection of music, which will one moment, wash over you, then blow your brains out, without any warning.
Some of the influence is obvious. Steve Hackett appears on the album and Steven appears to have "borrowed" from A Tower struck down, but with his own subtle twists. The highlight for me is Remainder the black dog. Every musical style in one song, starting with a piano riff that Eric Satie would be proud of.
All I can say is, buy it. You will be repaid a thousand fold.
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By Riss on 20 Oct. 2011
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It's very rare to find an album, let alone musician whose music is a timeless piece of art and creativity. With the second solo release from Steven Wilson, I am nothing less than impressed with his ability to create and layer sounds that I would never expect, or have ever heard before on an album. He has a unique skill to be able to put emotions in to each chord, and each note that comprises a song and album as a whole. This album can be listened to countless times over and what makes it most special and separates it from most music today is that it can be listened to as a whole without having to skip a song, or just play your favorites. Greatness does not even begin to describe how well put together and what pure genius this album is. Buy it. Enjoy it. Share it with everyone you know!!!
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With Grace For Drowning, Steven Wilson achieves musical apex.

Grace For Drowning seems a long time coming for Mr. Wilson. The range of influences in this album are incredible, and manage to create an amazing listening experience. Dark, experimental, jazzy, lonely, and erratic are some ways to describe Grace For Drowning... but the only way to really "describe" the album has to be done through careful listening. GFD gets only better and better with each listen. The production value, as always, is extremely good. Steven's main collaborator on this record is obviously Swede Lasse Hoile, and his artwork is a great companion to the music.

Without a doubt certainly one of Steven Wilson's greatest works. If you're a fan of experimental, dark, or jazz music, please do yourself a favor and purchase this LP. You will not regret it. Bravo, Mr. Wilson, you have once again surpassed all expectations!
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