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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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No-Man is an island. For nearly 15 years, the UK duo of vocalist Tim BOWNESS and guitarist & multi-instrumentalist Steven WILSON's has existed deep within its own shores, far from the contaminating tides of industry. NO-MAN have produced some of the most intriguing music of the last decade. Theirs is an uncompromising approach that connects the perimeters of rock and pop with a myriad of far-flung influences including neo-classical, jazz, dub and techno.

NO-MAN have produced some of the most intriguing music of the last decade. This band glanced to the past to realize its latest album "Speak". The CD is a retooled version of a cassette-only release of late '80s material. Re-mastered in the year 2002 for our exclusive pleasure, "Heaven Taste" is a collection of rare tracks, of new versions and of B-sides from the 1991 to 1995 period. "Returning Jesus" (2001) is simply splendid and includes romantic and sumptuous strings in the first track, something to be remembered!

See also:
- Blackfield
- I.E.M.
- Porcupine Tree

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Together We're StrangerTogether We're Stranger
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Schoolyard GhostsSchoolyard Ghosts
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Returning JesusReturning Jesus
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2.94 | 45 ratings
Loveblows & Lovecries - A Confession
1993
3.86 | 114 ratings
Flowermouth
1994
3.54 | 68 ratings
Wild Opera
1996
3.90 | 116 ratings
Returning Jesus
2001
4.13 | 203 ratings
Together We're Stranger
2003
3.61 | 156 ratings
Schoolyard Ghosts
2008

NO-MAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 15 ratings
Highlights From Mixtaped
2009
3.67 | 18 ratings
Love And Endings
2012

NO-MAN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.86 | 32 ratings
Mixtaped
2009
3.80 | 5 ratings
Love And Ebdings
2012

NO-MAN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.23 | 14 ratings
Lovesighs - An Entertainment
1992
2.57 | 20 ratings
Flowermix
1995
4.02 | 36 ratings
Heaven Taste
1995
3.06 | 35 ratings
Dry Cleaning Ray (CD mini-album )
1997
2.85 | 42 ratings
((Speak))
1999
3.92 | 20 ratings
All The Blue Changes
2006

NO-MAN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.50 | 2 ratings
Colours (7" vinyl single)
1990
2.50 | 2 ratings
Colours (12" vinyl single )
1990
4.06 | 9 ratings
Days In The Trees
1991
3.25 | 4 ratings
Ocean Song
1992
3.88 | 5 ratings
Sweetheart Raw
1993
3.00 | 3 ratings
Only Baby
1993
3.33 | 3 ratings
Painting Paradise
1993
3.00 | 6 ratings
Taking It Like A Man
1994
2.20 | 11 ratings
Housewives Hooked On Heroin
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
Dry Cleaning Ray (7" vinyl single)
1997
2.92 | 10 ratings
Radio Sessions: 1992-96
1998
4.05 | 13 ratings
Carolina Skeletons
1998
3.21 | 10 ratings
Lost Songs Vol - 1
2001
3.76 | 12 ratings
All That You Are
2003
3.04 | 5 ratings
The Break-Up For Real
2007
3.24 | 15 ratings
Wherever There Is Light
2009

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 Dry Cleaning Ray (CD mini-album ) by NO-MAN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
3.06 | 35 ratings

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Dry Cleaning Ray (CD mini-album )
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is quite a diverse collection of alternate mixes and outtakes from the "Wild Opera" album sessions. This results in a good variety of songs for this E.P. which makes it worthwhile especially if you like the style of music that was on the album, so this EP works as a great companion to the album.

It starts out with a remix and extension of "Dry Cleaning Ray" which allows for a little more guitar from Steven Wilson. "Sweetside Silver Night" is an unreleased outtake that is just as good as anything left on the album. "Jack the Sax" is an alternate version of the track from the album and it utilizes the same guitar progression as "Wake as Gun" by Porcupine Tree from their E.P. "Insignificance". "Diet Mothers" is a more experimental sound but gives a new dimension to Tim's vocals and also features some nice violin which has been missing since the departure of Ben Coleman who was the regular violinist previously. "Urban Disco" is short experimental sounding instrumental which is a remix of a previous song from No-Man called "Housewives on Heroin". The remix is by Muslimgauze who collaborated with Steven Wilson before working as Bass Communion which is SW's experimental electronic project. Very strange sounding on this E.P. and almost out of place, but it's short. Next is "Punished for Being Born" which is another alternative take this time on another Porcupine Tree song; "The Colour of Air" from "The Sky Moves Sideways". Nice and airy instrumental, but short. The next two are some interesting covers and "Sicknote" is a song that would have fit nicely on the album with a run time of over 8 minutes.

A great collection with nothing very repetitive of the album. Worth checking out this E.P. by itself of you can search for the re-issue of "Wild Opera" which features a copy of this as a bonus disc. Quite a variety like I said before and even works great as a stand alone or together with the album. The E,P. itself runs over 40 minutes which is the length of many albums anyway. But it's the variety that saves this one and merits it's 4 star rating.

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 Days In The Trees by NO-MAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1991
4.06 | 9 ratings

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No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
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4 stars This is a single of the song "Days in the Trees", but they are all remixes of the beautiful minimalistic song. There are 4 tracks here, all named after famous composers, but it is the same song, but with plenty of variation to keep things very interesting. I suppose the goal here was to do remixes that were inspired by the composers they are named after. It's a great concept. And it works pretty well. Mahler's style is apparent in the last few minutes of the track during the instrumental part and it is very nice. The percussion track is looped and sort of trip-hop sounding but the rest of the instruments are nicely complex. Tim Bowness' voice is nice and soft as usual and glides and soars over the top of Steven Wilson's programmed beats. The second track is Ives, and it is definitely styled after the composer it is names for. All instrumental and instantly apparent that the violin is playing it's hook at the beginning in Ives style. No percussion here, but there is also a nice piano playing along with the violin and it sounds very pre-contemporary classical like it is supposed to sound. Bartok is also instrumental, but it has a percussion loop that is different from the Mahler version. Guitar joins in later with some strong bass. It is actually quite straightforward totally unlike Bartok would be. Really the only thing reminiscent of Bartok is the synth in the background that keep coming in that sounds like the synth in the first part of Porcupine Tree's "The Sky Moves Sideways". Not much like Bartok, but still nice. Reich is the last version and the least like the original. Tim's vocals are replaced by a soft sounding female spoken word voice. In fact, the spoken word is a sound bite from the TV show "Twin Peaks". Underneath the voice is a keyboard playing an arpeggio chord with some other ambient music. Somewhat similar to Reich's music in that it is very relaxing and hypnotic.

On the Japanese version of this single, there are two more tracks, but they are placed as tracks 2 and 3. Track 2 is Bach, which is a short simple instrumental, so I guess it's based on Bach's simpler works like the short works in "The Well-Tempered Clavier". The 3rd track is named after Arthur Askey, whose work I am not familiar with. The track itself is quite similar to the Mahler track with a different percussive loop and Tim's vocals. I don't know how to compare it to the composer's style though.

A very nice single and one of the best concepts I have ever heard of for a single. The tracks are unique enough to stay interesting as you play through it. This is one of the best singles I've heard, but then No-Man has produced some great singles and albums. This is definitely 4 star material and remains progressive because of the concept and the stylized versions of the songs to mirror the composers styles. 4 stars.

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 Carolina Skeletons by NO-MAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1998
4.05 | 13 ratings

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No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Here is a short sample of the beauty created by Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson. No-Man have a rather large discography, most of which are special issues, EPs and so on, even more than what is noted on this site. This EP contains 20 short minutes of beauty, but can be a great entry point for those wanting to explore the music that this team of geniuses have created. Pensive piano and guitar led by Tim's excellent vocals, this is No-Man at their best. Two tracks are available elsewhere and two tracks are original to this EP. The sound here is unique, not a copy of the music from Porcupine Tree or any of the myriad of bands that Tim has performed with. If anything, it is probably closest to the most pensive and quieter songs of Pink Floyd, if you want a comparison, but that only gives you an idea, the sound is unique to No-Man. The music has very little percussion except for "Close Your Eyes" which has a repetitive hand drum of some kind and a distorted guitar solo which stands out but doesn't distract and wandering brass towards the end of the song. This is one EP that is essential to understand the sound of No-man but it is also essential to show just how beautiful and emotional progressive rock can be. 5 stars. I can't give it any less.

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 Schoolyard Ghosts by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.61 | 156 ratings

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No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars What can I say about No Man's last album 'Schoolyard Ghosts'? I prefer to indicate a description of the words evoked in the album: melancholia, sadness, aggresivity (Pigeon Drummer), jazz, introspective, cloudy days, beautiful flute arrangements, excellent guitar riffs, happiness, love, thoughtful moments, wonderful orchestration, cello, slight drums, hard drums (Pat Mastelotto), soft voice (Tim Bowness), lovely choirs, great compositions, and last but not least, Steven Wilson. All the songs create a special feeling that is enjoyable during almost one hour of music. My favorite tracks are definitely: Truenorth (an epic divided in three lovely parts); Wherever there Is Light; All Sweet Things; Beautiful Songs You Should Know; Pigeon Drummer. And the one I don't listen much is 'Mixtaped' not because it is a bad song, but I think it's a little bit longer than necessary, but it is a really good song.

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 Returning Jesus by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.90 | 116 ratings

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Returning Jesus
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars Flowermouth, Together We're Stranger, Schoolyard Ghosts and Returning Jesus are my favorite albums of NO MAN, all of them for me, five stars, because of the style of music represented in here, more than psychedelic or space prog, it goes farther, they have more the tendency of ambient prog rock with some jazzy lounge sparks that make the albums more interesting, relaxing, beautiful, enjoyable. Tim Bowness has a lot of influence by David Sylvian, but I think Tim has a softer melodic voice, appropriate for this type of songs and also for a more lounge music. Steve Wilson, as usual, incredible at the level of composition and playing, and the background music is always amazing, every single sound or instrument you hear in these albums has a reason to exist. My favorite tracks here, and tracks that really make me shed tears: Returning Jesus, Only Rain, No Defence, Carolina Skeletons, All That You Are; the rest of the songs are simply beautiful, I love No Man.

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 Together We're Stranger by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.13 | 203 ratings

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Together We're Stranger
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars No-Man are again a duo, with just a few guests, and there cannot be many bands that have been going fifteen years let alone recording while one of the members is also in a slightly more well-known outfit. Tim Bowness provides the vocals, while Steve Wilson provides all of the instruments and if anyone thinks that this might just sound anything like Porcupine Tree are very much mistaken. This is an album that sees the band really push Tim's vocals to the front, while the music swirls, moves and shifts behind. It is almost New Age at times but there is always a slight hint of menace that drives away the saccharine.

It becomes an album that is timeless, ageless, modern yet harkening back to the Seventies. There are Floydian touches but no-one could ever think that they are copyists. There can be just a gentle piano chord, followed by a line of sung melody. There are songs that are heart- achingly beautiful that if edited might even stand a chance in the charts. It is almost as if their previous albums have been leading up to this, as if Steven has managed to exorcise heavier demons with Porcupine Tree and here has come home to provide a stark view of what can be done. If these guys were designers then they would be minimalist, of that there is no doubt. This is not an album to jump into, you must be prepared to sit back and let it all wash over you (oh and don't turn up the volume at the end of "Things I Want To Tell You" like I did, otherwise you will jump out of your skin when the next song starts). Superb.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

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 Schoolyard Ghosts by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.61 | 156 ratings

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Schoolyard Ghosts
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars This is probably the lowest-keyed No-Man album; and considering these guys that is saying too much. Everyone that went to school; any school; has its own memories; of fears and hopes; and living them among equally fearful and hopeful peers. A lot of "School Memories" snap-shots have been well documented. From Alice Cooper, the "Floyd", Kinks, Marillion and lots and lots of people. So No-Man is no exception. In my opinion this " Schoolyard Ghosts" project; is more inclined towards Tim Bowness aesthetics than Steven Wilsons´s. Of course Steven ripps-off his electric guitar guts; but "it" in a "whole" is darker, intimate (as usual), and yes! "Macabre"; which for Mr. Bowness is like a "kid in a candystore" project. This "macabre" element covers the whole environment of this work. Macabre also; as "School Memories"; we all hold on to;....yet we dont know why we hold them so close. As of course reffered in this "Ghosts" project. Ghosts as in plural as they still appear in the most unexpected and private inner reflections and actions. As if opened-up bruises; that hurt when we remember them. And still; we hold them dearly as if "precious". Someone like Tim can turn this "voyage" in time; into an expandable and solitary experience; as he can only do. Intelligent, provocative lyrics in a vast and empty "Gothic" musical background. That here and there shines some dark gray "sarcastic" lights of hope;.. but not faith. ****4 "Macabre; a rarely visited by NO-MAN land; in a true to life musical conceptual experience" Stars PD: DARK very DARK

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 Flowermouth by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.86 | 114 ratings

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Flowermouth
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Underrated falls short; considering so many virtues. This Masterpiece has been going around since 1994. Featuring an *All-Star lineup, which actually works out as such. No gaps or expendable cuts. You will be turned on from start to finish. (Remastered version adds up some uneditted outtakes)

I certainly will not write a track by track review, but rest assure that each composition is daring and grounbreaking and each song fits perfectly one before, and after the other. The feeling in general as most of No-Man´s works is conceptual (unrequited and lost loves on this one). But this concept is so well threaded, that I was caught by far by the astounding variety of musical languages and last but not least: their INTELLIGENT AND EMOTIONAL compositions as their perfect-pitch performance. What really makes any kind of music go beyond the limits of an audience or genre. Why it ended in a Prog page is a Master-Stroke! Considering the authors themselves were aiming to create an album of "timeless pop" music!

I am thankful that their concept of pop goes beyond the well established walls of commercial formulas pushed by the markets. Pop itself it is not. Progressive frenzy and sublime moments of introspection as only this "duo" (Tim Bowness-vocals & lyrics, Steven Wilson:instruments) can deliver... And timeless; oh yesss!!! very much,1994 amazing!

Why 5 stars; because nothing comes close to this kind of perfection and austerity (with a line-up like that it would have been tempting to do the opposite!) in an ever evolving original style. Nothing sounds like No-Man but No-Man. And "Flowermouth" is unique even to them. In my opinion; I insist it has to do with the wide spectrum of musical languages they subtly cover on the way. So pop alone it is not exactly, prog it is completely and of the best kind! Do not miss this work!!

A Masterpiece from A to Z, 5 stars without blinking.

*Lisa Gerrard´s involvement is reduced to some loops,but she was so thrilled by the result ("Simple") that she allowed her name to appear in the guest-list.

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 All That You Are by NO-MAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.76 | 12 ratings

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All That You Are
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mohaveman

3 stars EP release from 2003 by No-Man. Contains just about 20 minutes of music and features Stephen Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Tim Bowness. Unfortunately, this does not excite me in the same way as Porcupine Tree or even Blackfield. I am more of a fan of the harder Steven Wilson tracks and when he gets mellow I tend to tune out too easy, with few exceptions. This is a good release but not a great release. It will not be often played in my house, I am sad to say. Having heard it once or twice I need it no more. 3 stars.

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 Schoolyard Ghosts by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.61 | 156 ratings

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Schoolyard Ghosts
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by fabien

4 stars It's one of my favorite album of the band, the 5.1 mix is great. The highlights: True north 5/5, Song of the surf 4.5/5 solid songs: All sweet things, Pigeon drummer and wherever ther is light 4/5 medium: beautiful song and mixtaped(chich could have been a good song if there would have been more energy or a solo guitar in the first bridge where clearly nothing happens, a good sond live though) 3/5 letdown: streaming 1/5 (the music is ok but the way bowens sings and the lyrics doesn't fit with the rest of the album, and well I would not like that song on its own anyway)

So I'll give a final rating of 4/5 to this album.

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