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Steven Wilson Shows an old and a new side,
This review is from: Grace For Drowning (Audio CD)
This album is long at about 80 minutes and has a wide range of musical styles on show from Jazzy to pop to Ambient and the very occasional jump into heavy. It is let me say not an easy listen but it is well worth the effort. SW always produces records that make you work but at the same time are in the mainstream is some ways. That is a feat that is hard to do. So did he do it here?
Well overall yes he has. The album is a change in direction without losing what makes his music so distinctive. This is not for the X Factor generation and will probably sell well to the Porcupine Tree fans but not hit the heights of the charts. That's a real shame because he has crafted a fine album.
There are shades of King Crimson (apparently he has been remixing some of their albums), and lots of jazz influences but the core of the album is fine song writing.
There lies the most important thing. The songs are good and the playing of them spectacular.
If you like a challenge and want to hear a great album then buy this. You won't regret it.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2011 17:14:15 GMT
Middleman Standing says:
Great review, as someone who was a teenager when King Crimson issued their first 4 albums, I agree that you can sense the influence here particularly on #2. This is a superb offering from a master.
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