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No-Man - Lost Songs Vol - 1 CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.21 | 11 ratings

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2 stars A mail-order collection on CD-R, this collects up NO-MAN tracks that haven't seen the light of day. If nothing else, this acts as further evidence that the creative juggernaut that is STEVEN WILSON must be the hardest working man in modern music. How many more of these tunes has he got under his bed?

Fascinating and fun, there are few of these tunes that would have found a comfortable home on any NO-MAN album release. Most of them sound more like the sort of thing they were making around the 'Wild Opera' period: alt.pop, jazzy, a little experimental. Songs, I suspect, they couldn't muscle into a more listener-friendly format.

Standout for me is the last track, 'Coming Through Slaughter'. The title is a lyric fragment from the 'Flowermouth' album (I think), and reminds me that BOWNESS uses recurring metaphorical motifs throughout his lyrics. The music is aided and abetted by FRIPP and COLLINS, but it's no KING CRIMSON track - though it's plenty abrasive enough.

Another NO-MAN collector's item. WILSON is a canny musician, and you're unlikely to find lost gems on CD-R's. But it's worthwhile for fans of the band and the man.

russellk | 2/5 |


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