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5.0 out of 5 stars Reduced to tears, 6 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Drive Home (Audio CD)
What more is there to be said? For sheer value for money alone, this release rates five stars. I spent all this morning - my birthday - listening to this music over and over and I can with honesty say that it includes some of the most melancholic and emotionally affecting that I have heard for some time. The videos for 'Drive Home' and 'The Raven ...' literally reduced a 56 year old man to tears - in a good way - no mean feat. Steven Wilson has gone even beyond Porcupine Tree and is currently producing some of the best 'neo-prog' music around today. Avoid or dismiss at your peril!
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 23:44:27 GMT
Check out Secret Story by Pat Metheny.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2013 19:03:33 GMT
Paul L says:
Thanks; is this a recommendation or a comparison? Generally I find Pat Metheny a little derivative & 'safe' - except for Song X perhaps, though that may be because Ornette Coleman forces him out of his comfort zone. Not familiar with Secret Story though, so may give it a try.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 19:31:50 GMT
Song X is at the more avant-garde end of his output. Secret Story is very cinematic in feel - I just recommended it because it had the same effect on me as Wilson's Raven song when I saw the video for the Raven song. Of course - they are very different artists. You might not be unsure of my recommendation - but you can always check out stuff via YouTube and feel free to totally disagree. I'm just very pleased that Wilson is back on form because I found the last studio album by Porcupine Tree to be their poorest by far IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 23:27:46 GMT
Paul L says:
Haven't had the opportunity to check out your Metheny recommendation yet but will do. Fully agree that SW's PT output had reached a plateau - the break has certainly done him good! His recent remastering of King Crimson's back catalogue has influenced him very positively and is showing in his own work; the jazzy elements have also broadened and enriched the sound and feel of 'Raven' over 'Grace" - can only be a good thing!? As an aside, my avant leanings have brought me back to John Zorn's Painkiller and the latest live album 'The Prophecy'. Can't resist Zorn when he's on form.

Posted on 29 Jan 2014 12:17:43 GMT
MAC says:
it's strange that a few people have been less than impressed with the more recent Porcupine tree output and I kind of disagreed to some extent. I rather like the Incident, but funnily enough I have found myself listening to far more of the Steve Wilson solo stuff than Porcupine tree stuff over recent months. All his 3 solo albums are great and the live one is well worth the price too.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2014 14:47:17 GMT
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Paul L says:
Personally, I think PT 'peaked' at Deadwing with the following albums tending to coast a little. Now that SW has expanded his experience by way of the various remixing tasks he has done for King Crimson, Hawkwind etc recently, it will be interesting to see how it influences future PT releases - if there are any on the cards? KC in particular are very apparent as an influence in his solo material, with the instrumental passages carrying the strong riffs and complex time changes typical of mid-period Crimson. This is not meant as a criticism by the way; musical cross-fertilisation - as distinct from plagiarism - can only be for the good of music and with talented artists like SW, who knows where it could lead!
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