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Rock - Released August 18, 2017 | Caroline Distribution

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A worthy heir to the spirit of Pink Floyd and a major figure of contemporary progressive rock, Steven Wilson managed to rekindle the flame of a genre worshipped by some and loathed by others… The former Porcupine Tree’s strength is his ability to inject a kind of pop spirit into his viscerally progressive compositions. And while his songs overflow with ripped solos, his bittersweet melodies remain very addictive. This is once again the case in To The Bone, the fifth studio album of the British musician. An extremely personal album, as Wilson himself explains he took inspiration from the bedside records of his childhood, in particular Peter Gabriel’s So, Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love, Talk Talk’s The Colour Of Spring and Tears For Fears’ The Seeds Of Love. These references from the 1980s give a retro vibe to this impeccably produced album, which features XTC’s Andy Partridge, among others. You’ll come out of To The Bone with the feeling of having completed a beautiful trip back in time. A journey with plain influences wonderfully integrated by a musician equally talented for writing and producing. Enough to break the barriers of the rather reductive mold of progressive music. © CM/Qobuz
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Rock - Released June 18, 2016 | Kscope

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Rock - Released June 18, 2016 | Kscope

For prolific British progressive rocker Steven Wilson, the two-CD set Grace for Drowning is his second official solo album, following 2008's Insurgentes. Recording under his own name, Wilson tends to fall somewhere between his popular Porcupine Tree group project and his ambient recordings as Bass Communion. Grace for Drowning's two discs are divided into one called Deform to Form a Star and another called Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye, both named after tracks on them. In the relatively sparse lyrics that Wilson sings with a calm, British-accented tenor, he seems melancholy at first, apparently suffering from the aftermath of a romantic breakup. "There's nothing left for me to say or do," he declares in "Postcard." By the second disc, he has become angrier about the situation, but the closing title track finds him reaching resolution and moving on. The words are spread out over music that builds and ebbs in a manner that allows for different styles and soloing by Wilson and a few musical guests. He is not abashed about evoking his prog predecessors. The obvious antecedent is Pink Floyd, particularly recalled in the space rock of "No Part of Me." The 23-minute "Raider II," coming toward the end, allows room for a flute-and-piano section that could have been excerpted from a Traffic album as well as guitar-bass-drum sections in rapid 6/4 time suggestive of Yes. By the end, Wilson has subsided into an ambient coda on "Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye," as if readying himself for the next Bass Communion album. Grace for Drowning has a particular conception in terms of its emotional journey from sadness through anger to acceptance, but it is also just another in a lengthy discography of albums by Wilson under various names in relatively similar styles. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Rock - Released June 17, 2016 | Kscope

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Rock - Released June 17, 2016 | Kscope

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Progressive Rock - Released March 2, 2015 | Kscope

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