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Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.97 | 63 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars Fans backtracking through Steven Wilson's immense catalogue of music will (like me), be at once surprised and disappointed-- but still a little intrigued by this early recording from No-Man. Know going into this listen that it is nothing like Porcupine Tree (especially new PT); rather, this incarnation of No-Man is effectively artistic dance/pop music, densely layered with style and class through a clever use of technology and airy song-writing. Wilson uses his guitar and synth to create a virtual symphony of sound, with only the occasional solo or stand-out instrumental moment, this, over an electric drum-machine pulsing out laid-back and sometimes jazzy beats. Browness' smooth vocals are one of the highpoints of the album, giving it a very sensuous feel. Ben Coleman's violin atmospherics and melodies contribute a unique sound as well (such as in the sweeping "Days in the Trees").

The end result is an easy listen which has undeniable charm-- but doesn't sustain or make much of an impact; however, it might just connect with a certain type of listener, but be prepared for 4/4 pop beats and little of the contemporary Steven Wilson magic.

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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