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LOVESIGHS - AN ENTERTAINMENT

No-Man

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.31 | 17 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Lovesighs - An Entertainment is the debut album from yet another one of Steven Wilsonīs projects ( Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Bass Communion..Etc) No-Man. No-man is a very different sounding entity than Steven Wilsonīs most famous band Porcupine Tree which all other Steven Wilson projects always will be compared to. No-Man where on this a three piece band at it was the focus of Steven Wilsonīs attention at the time. Porcupine Tree was at this time a one man project that Steven Wilson worked on when he had time.

The band consist in addition to Steven Wilson who plays all instruments except the violin parts of Tom Bowness on vocals and Ben Coleman on violin.

The music on Lovesighs - An Entertainment is actually a pretty strange mix. The drums are obviously electronic and unmistakebly belonging in the nineties while Tim Bowness subtle vocal approach reminds me of Steven Wilsonīs ditto in Porcupine Tree. In addition to the features there is also a great amount of folky violin playing in the songs. It kind of reminds me of Kate Bush when she is most celtic inspired ( The Sensual World). Iīm having a hard time comparing the music to anything as I donīt listen to much music in this vein. Most songs have an ambient feeling to them and there are not any tracks that stand out from the rest. Well except for the atmospheric last song Days in the trees - reich which is basically a sample of Lara Flynn Boyle talking from Twin Peaks. I actually like this song better than the rest which is not a good thing of course.

The musicianship isnīt that special. Bass and drums are electronic and there is just a few guitar chords here and there. The most exciting parts are the ambient keyboard sounds, but again this isnīt very special or original.

The production is caught in the early nineties. The drum sound really gives this album away. There will be a lot of people having a hard time with that drum sound.

The cover art isnīt that exciting.

This is not an album Iīm very exited about. Itīs not bad but Iīm a bit indifferent towards it. Iīll rate it 2 stars. Fans of Porcupine Tree or Blackfield shouldnīt necessarily pick this one up as the style on Lovesighs - An Entertainment is very different from the sound that those bands stand for.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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