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Steven Wilson


Crossover Prog

4.31 | 2381 ratings

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5 stars Some kind of a sluggish tired autumn this year. Very entropic and bursting - people are immersed in their problems and in many ways disoriented. Feeling of inner spiritual mess.

Yes, and I somehow undertake the writing of this review with a feeling of deep melancholy, because you cannot let her win - you need to do something, otherwise everything will stop again ...

Before us is Steven Wilson's album titled "The Raven That Refused To Sing" - the third one in his solo discography. The disc was released at the beginning of 2013. In those years, I simply did not perceive such music. But later I listened to this disc over and over again till it was completely "driven". As a result, it has lost its former emotional strength for me. Perhaps this gloomy autumn will allow me to correlate my inner state with the presented music.

It is the most accessible LP from Wilson, making it the most popular of all discography. To begin with, Steve strengthened the song component, while not forgetting about the "progressive" part. Only now everything is clearer and does not flow from one to another. The record is produced by none other than Alan Parsons, who took care of the sound while working on The Dark Side of The Moon. The record refers in form and sound to the music of the seventies and bears (judging by the booklet) the character of a dark comic book.

The title track "Raven That Refused To Sing" is a magnificent piano ballad about an old man trying to make a crow sing, which is supposedly the spirit of his deceased sister. Steve sings at the end of the song in a hysterical, dark voice "Sing to me ...", which can move you to tears. This can hardly leave anyone indifferent.

The sentimental and melancholic "Drive Home", which tells the story of the loss of a man of his beloved, is stuffed with a great long guitar solo inside. In fact, the song is a continuation of the song "Heartattack in a Layby" from the album titled "In Absentia", only less successful, but with a great video.

My favorite track is "Holy Drinker".

In principle, apart from delight, all the songs evoke nothing, as well as the fantastically beautiful edition of the disc.

You just need to hear it, but it is better to buy it into the collection

Devolvator | 5/5 |


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