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GRACE FOR DROWNING

Steven Wilson

 

Crossover Prog

4.19 | 1180 ratings

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voliveira
3 stars 5/10

It is time to review the album of the year.

I do not know what to say, I would like to join the 63% who consider this album a masterpiece, but I can not, just can not. I will have to reduce this percentage of positive reviews and be responsible for the second review of 3 stars here.

The latest effort from Steven Wilson (the mind behind groups like Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion, etc.) is clearly a work that deserves all the attention ... whether for good or for evil. I was anxious to have the opportunity to enjoy this album, but when this opportunity came I realized I was deluding myself with a work that is ... is ... say ... (what is the same word, drug ?)... Oh, I know what this album is:

It is unsustainable.

Yes, Grace is Drowning is unsustainable. The album is full of promising moments and certainly very nice, but there is never something that is really good from start to finish ... there is always a point where I start to sweat. If their debut album Insurgentes was strongly focused on the new wave and alternative rock, this one is an ode to experimentation and eclectic 70's. A pity that it is a frustrated ode, to my mind.

It's really hard to go against the tide of praise and five stars is that Grace for Drowning has received, but I gotta be honest with myself: I did not like this album. Of course there are good moments here (especially the first disc), but much of this failed work is only frustration and filler here; no attempt of realization, no passage with emotion.

Just in case I'll keep this album in my collection. But in my opinion there are other infinite works best this year, and while Steven Wilson is not part of my top 10. 3 stars.

voliveira | 3/5 |

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