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Prepare to be Amazed!
on 11 March 2013
For the first time in ages I have just been transported back, reminded of a day long ago and far away of a certain younger man. Having eagerly run most of the way home with his newly discovered gate-fold vinyl album tucked under his arm and finally getting down to listen to some new sounds, waiting to be amazed.
Back then there was always something new to be amazed at.
These days - not so much.
This album is without a doubt the most authentic prog rock album to date by any artist who wasn't actually around in the 70`s. I use the much maligned term prog rock, though it's not a description I like. Sadly it's the only one we have for music as diverse, melodic, complex and compositionally interesting as this.
From the opening moments of `Luminol` and through its 12:10 minutes of intricate tempo changes and mostly instrumental interplay to the last blissful moments of `The Raven that Refused to Sing`, I was held spellbound in my armchair - not wanting this album to end. I couldn't believe 58 minutes had passed.
Sure there are musical references to many bands who were around in the seventies - King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Camel, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd to name but a few.
WHO CARES when it's this good?
Also, if you have followed Steven and Porcupine Tree you know what they are about. The references are meant to be there. For goodness sakes, ALL musicians `borrow` from other musicians whether you listen to classical, pop or rock. It's what you do with it that makes the magic happen.
Steven Wilson has achieved what no other modern musician has been able to do, in my opinion.
He has taken prog rock and made it new again. (Now, if we could only give it a new name) !
To digress a moment, I was intrigued by a previous `review` of incessant whinging by a certain P.Hall `squonk_uk`, who ruthlessly laid into this album with some extremely derisory remarks that were laced with a particular personal axe to grind. OK, he is entitled to his opinion - even if it sucks. (How he thinks any artist should not be protective of his or her work and hopefully earn some money from it, beats me. It's how they make their living for God's sake) !
Anyway, moving on. Most of the other reviewers have already praised this album way more eloquently than me so I'll say no more, except this-
Trust me - this album is worth your attention.
It's worth listening to - all the way through.
It's worth buying...