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2.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's allowed their own opinion - I just don't like it!, 23 Mar. 2013
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Technically one cannot fault this, the playing and production are excellent.
But...
I just don't like it.
One could compare it to going to a fine dining restaurant, excellent chefs and ingredients but despite all the accolades and awards, to my palatte it doesn't work.
The Raven is good, the Watchmaker starts fine but drifts into self indulgence. The rest are examples of why Prog Rock in the 70s was so derided, too clever by half. If ELP and most of King Crimson, the exception being In the Court of the Crimson King - a classic of the genre, are not to your taste then be careful of this one.
One of his teachers may sum it up as follows: Steven has produced some excellent work previously, see Insurgentes, In Absentia and Recordings, but seems to have lost his focus, perhaps through new friends that have led him astray. Can, should, do better.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013 14:12:32 GMT
I totally agree with your comments. technically brilliant but emotionally dead.

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 11:52:22 BDT
I cant agree with " technically brilliant but emotionally dead." - stirs emotions in me.
P.W.Moore, I think you're right in that your palate either likes it or doesnt and your warning about Crimson - there is definitely a big influence throughout....luckily I like Crimson.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 18:44:40 BDT
I like Porcupine Tree quite a lot, and listen to SW solo stuff via a friend. It's not so obvious I guess. Generally I prefer more straight ahead rock heavy and not so heavy, and the more lively prog, especially I.Q. I guess those question SW's output quality COULD be based on the fact that does seem to be churning out so many albums in various guises. Maybe he should slow down and just release the best stuff...less often? Neal Morse is similar!
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