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THE RAVEN THAT REFUSED TO SING (AND OTHER STORIES)

Steven Wilson

 

Crossover Prog

4.31 | 1121 ratings

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Rodrigo Andrade7
5 stars Steven Wilson strikes with his modern album "The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories)" and brings all the magic that the progressive music as to give... Not only this album touch my heart, as well it became a "lifestyle" for me, this was undoubtedly my favorite "winter album" and as I CONSIDER UNTIL NOW, THE ALBUM OF 2013 YEAR.

Being a great fan of "Grace For Drowning" I can say that this new album comes with all the improvements that had to be done (of course they are different concepts...very different!) but just in a progressive way and as a development of the band... putting into consideration that his solo work only has 3 studio albums, we all know that steven wilson still have so much to show us about who his solo work is and for what he is directed to. Personally I love this kind of album structure (small ones,6/7/8 tracks) in my opinion it's one of the best album compositions ever, Steven Wilson did the same with Porcupine Tree's "Fear Of A Blank Planet" containing just 6 tracks, and with all the tracks being so emotional and important. This is what I think to be a masterpiece piece, Steven Wilson does this too with Raven, and does it perfectly, to the very beginning to the very ending all the tracks are unique. Know technically speaking, the formation (band) that steven wilson choose, was amazing and by far my favorite, all the musicians are more than profissional,the instruments were perfect for what the album had to transmit. The album starts with the epic "Luminol", fantastic music composition (in my opinion is at the level or even better that some songs of some prog gigantics) it's a song I can listen times and times and never get sick of it. Next we got "Drive Home" which is another great song from steven wilson, I think it's a great addition of a song that continues a prologue like "Luminol",it's a calm and very emotive song. "The Holy Drinker" is the next music and end up being the most "brutal" and "dark" song of the album but nonetheless being away from the album structure,it fits very well again, it's a very melancholic song with a fantastic aura. "The Pin Drop" unfortunately ends by being the last song I that I heard and yet one of my favorites of the album (yet is very hard to tell) the lyrics are amazing as always...we can't expect anything less from Steven Wilson. Going for the final part of the album we have "The Watchmaker" that was the song which were more roundabout from my heart, yet this song used to be in my head times and times (incredible isn't?) nonetheless is one fantastic 11min. piece before the main and last track of the album, Which is the self titled "The Raven That Refused To Sing", first time I listen to this song was while I was seeing the videoclip on youtube, I have to say that I've cried with such a emotive song and it is message underneath it.

To conclude I want to say that these songs (all of them) touch me a lot when I listen to them on winter,(I think the album is much more sensed on winter time) and a artist that can do this, is a artist that knows how to make music and at his max level,it's the power of music. This album it's a fantastic example of this and also gives a wishful thinking of what's to come.

Rodrigo Andrade7 | 5/5 |

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