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Steven Wilson


Crossover Prog

3.82 | 974 ratings

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5 stars 10/10

First of all, if you are thinking that this is another album Porcupine Tree, sorry to disappoint you, boy.

That's Steven Wilson in its essence. Showing its myriad influences, which here include experimental music, shoegaze, alternative rock, drone and stuff. Each of their three albums released so far has reflected many facets, so I did not know what to expect from Insurgentes. Where is Grace Dorwning was a nod to experimental music / avant-garde of the 70s and The Raven That Refused to Sing an ode to classic progressive rock, Insurgentes evokes sounds more "modern", so to speak.

It starts with Harmony Korine, the single from the album and a song I've heard since a long time. The title must refer to the subversive director, and the style is more like alternative rock with a little style Porcupine Tree. A great opener. Abandoner now displays the influences avant-garde/drone, the first half is somewhat melodic vocals with Wilson underpinned by riffs of guitars (electric and acoustic), over an electronic percussion. The second half is a growing scary, quite hypnotic. Interesting that for best lyricist who Wilson is, he "abstains" a bit of the lyrics here, with the songs being more focused on the instrumental.

Salvaging keeps the experimental line, this time with some bass lines and orchestra. There is an interlude where the orchestrations take the main plane, and at the end there is a growing scary, those bone-chilling. Veneno para las Hadas is one of the most beautiful songs of the album, which evokes the drone uses to slow hypnotic beat, while sad, melodious vocals of Wilson guide the music. No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun is a play deliberately King Crimson-esque, starting with the title, besides having one of the holdings of Tony Levin. It is the longest song here and strong, with an amazing introduction into growing, culminating Wilson on vocals before exploding into the chorus and into another theme, simple and melodic. A few seconds of silence, and ... BAM! The music explodes with the initial theme again before finishing.

Significant Other is one of the highlights of the album and all of Steven Wilson's solo career, I must say. A lovely piece of music, with some angelic vocals that make me shiver, especially when the song explodes into a topic more aggressive. Only Child is a much more psychedelic, for some reason reminds me of the material Ki Devin Townsend album. I should mention that the bottom line is a very nice thing to hear. Twilight Coda is just a piece disposable environment slightly, although within the context of the album fits perfectly - somehow, there is no reason not to hear her. Get Your Deserve all starts with those melodies that Wilson knows so well composed, but is evolving and becoming more heavy and scary, noisy sound effects and scary. The title track closes the album on a note of optimism, piano, vocals and guitars in a simple melody.

5 stars.

voliveira | 5/5 |


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