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Steven Wilson


Crossover Prog

3.82 | 974 ratings

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4 stars I've waited quite some time before writing this review. I wanted to see if my initial impressions were borne out by repeated listens. I'm glad to say they were. This is a fine debut solo LP from one of the leading lights of the new wave of progressive rock. If you love Porcupine Tree, then I think it's safe to say that you will get a lot of pleasure out of this.

The thing that strikes you about the LP is the contrast in moods. Sometimes light and breezy, but in the main very dark, sometimes oppressively so. That is not meant as a criticism, it is just how it is.

There are many highlights on this LP, which contains tracks that are very well written, beautifully performed, and exceptionally produced.

There is an exceptionally melancholic and sad, but quite beautiful, passage of play on Veneno Para Las Hadas. The instrumentals remind me of Floyd at their best.

Significant Other is a more commercial song that features some choral effects married to a great riff and strong bass line.

The title track is a fantastic mellow piece, with some haunting lyrics and vocals accompanied by a very simple, but effective, piano backdrop.

These are but a few examples. Wilson's stature as one of the great guitarists of modern times is absolutely assured with this work. It varies from the nakedly aggressive to the tender, many times in the same track. The moods created by the album demand that you listen, and listen carefully, to appreciate it fully.

I don't think I can add any more to the 74 reviews of this that precede mine, but I rate this an easy four stars - an excellent addition to any prog collection, and utterly essential for fans of the man's work with Porcupinne Tree.

lazland | 4/5 |


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