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5.0 out of 5 stars
A future classic, 4 Oct. 2011
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.