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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 Were Stranger: 5.1 MixTogether Were Stranger: 5.1 Mix
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Wild OperaWild Opera
Kscope 2013
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FlowermouthFlowermouth
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Love & EndingsLove & Endings
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EMI Import 2012
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Returning JesusReturning Jesus
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Loveblows & Lovecries: A ConfessionLoveblows & Lovecries: A Confession
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Schoolyard GhostsSchoolyard Ghosts
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NO-MAN discography


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NO-MAN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.94 | 42 ratings
Loveblows & Lovecries - A Confession
1993
3.82 | 112 ratings
Flowermouth
1994
3.51 | 70 ratings
Wild Opera
1996
3.89 | 117 ratings
Returning Jesus
2001
4.12 | 197 ratings
Together We're Stranger
2003
3.59 | 158 ratings
Schoolyard Ghosts
2008

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

3.58 | 19 ratings
Highlights From Mixtaped
2009
3.61 | 18 ratings
Love And Endings
2012

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

3.90 | 31 ratings
Mixtaped
2009
4.67 | 3 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
2.55 | 18 ratings
Flowermix
1995
3.97 | 38 ratings
Heaven Taste
1995
2.91 | 31 ratings
Dry Cleaning Ray (CD mini-album )
1997
2.82 | 40 ratings
((Speak))
1999
3.72 | 25 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
4.33 | 6 ratings
Days In The Trees
1991
3.33 | 3 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 | 5 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
3.97 | 11 ratings
Carolina Skeletons
1998
3.20 | 9 ratings
Lost Songs Vol - 1
2001
3.78 | 11 ratings
All That You Are
2003
3.04 | 5 ratings
The Break-Up For Real
2007
3.24 | 14 ratings
Wherever There Is Light
2009

NO-MAN Reviews


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 Schoolyard Ghosts by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.59 | 158 ratings

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Schoolyard Ghosts
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
3.89 | 117 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
4.12 | 197 ratings

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

Review by kev rowland
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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
3.59 | 158 ratings

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Schoolyard Ghosts
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt

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
3.82 | 112 ratings

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Flowermouth
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by admireArt

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 describe a track by track review, but rest assure that each composition fits perfectly one before, and after the other. The feeling in general as most of No-Man 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: Composition; what really makes any kind of music go beyond the limits of an audience or genre. Why it belongs to this page is a Master-Stroke! Called to be an album of "timeless pop" music by the authors themselves! 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
3.78 | 11 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
3.59 | 158 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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 Mixtaped by NO-MAN album cover DVD/Video, 2009
3.90 | 31 ratings

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Mixtaped
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by fabien

4 stars Mix Taped is a 2 dvd box wich contains a 2008 concert in the 1st dvd and a docmentary + extras on the second. I will start withafew words about the second dvd first: the video clips are quite interesting, and funny in the eighties style plus you can see a very long haired wilson with a long curlly haired bowness, it has dated a lot but that's pretty much what makes these videos special now, There 's also 2 animation clip, the first is one of their oldest song and the other one is a video of when you were beautiful, both nice. The documentary is also very interesting, and complete. And you can also notice the weird wilson of the early eighties who looked almost like like Boy Georges lol my rate: 4/5

Now the concert: Well Ii have mixed feelings about it, there 's some good stuff: coleman and wilson, good arrangements on songs and great moments as with lighthouse, but I would not have chosen those songs with these musicians. I mean that on songs like truenorth i excpected wind instruments for exemple, and on Things Change I expected a good drummer, lol I'm mean because it also comes from the mix which cruelly lacks of dynamics on drums, the synthetiser in not great either. It' s a quite good performance overall, but not a great one. I also found Tim Bowness sometimes ahem how to say that...painful to see, He is a good singer even if I think he is sometimes too much melo, but I definatetly don't like his style on stage, he looks somewhat snobbish. There 's also bonus song with the photo gallery. my rate for dvd 1 is 3/5

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 Wherever There Is Light by NO-MAN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.24 | 14 ratings

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Wherever There Is Light
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Sweet EP!

Melancholy, heaven, sadness, charm, tranquility, etc., are words that come to my mind everytime I listen to No-Man, that Bowness/Wilson project that easily makes an effect on the listener, increasing their sensibility and expanding their senses (at least that happens to me). No-Man is one of those bands that I can listen no matter my mood, it is my partner when I am sad, tense, enthusiastic or even happy, that is one of the things I love of them.

When I listened to "Wherever there is Light" (the song) I immediately fell in love with it, which is why I wanted to get their EP with the same name. Released in 2009, it features five songs, three of them are actually unreleased tracks, while the last two are live versions of past songs. Here we will have 25 minutes of wonderful No-Man music.

Starting with the titled track, I cannot ask for more, I don't really know if the effect that this song had with me had something to do with my personal situation at that time, because it may not be the most elaborated composition, but emotionally it really moves me, and I truly believe is one of the touchiest No-Man songs ever, and I dare say, one of their best. It is simply beautiful, and enchanting, the piano and the atmosphere is brilliant, and that along with Bowness voice makes it very special; worth mentioning also the flute sound added by Theo Travis.

"Death was California" has a nice acoustic guitar, a calm rhythm and again a beautiful sound. One can be resting, lying in the bed and letting the music do the rest. It takes away your tension and makes the moment wonderful. "Counting" has a constant percussion sound as background, later new electronic noises are added and are repeated time after time, the guitars sound very delicate but they are also present all the time, just as Tim's voice charms us once again. The surprise here is that the melancholic sound ends after two minutes when a tense and dark atmosphere appears, with great guitars and without the voice. Here we could appreciate two faces of No-Man in one single track, another great thing!

"Carolina Skeletons" is the first live track included here, this is a song released for the album "Returning Jesus" , this live performance is better than the studio version, with a couple of minutes more of music and with a great violin and guitar playing on stage. The last track is "All the Blue Changes" which I would really like to witness someday in a concert. Bowness and the musicians really connect each other and create a wonderful atmosphere, an ecstasy that the audience surely felt and loved.

This is an excellent EP. I like the decision of combining those three studio tracks with the final two live ones, and well, the title track simply kills me. My personal grade would be four stars, but I believe that objectively it deserves three stars.

Enjoy it!

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 Returning Jesus by NO-MAN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.89 | 117 ratings

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Returning Jesus
No-Man Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by The Monodrone

4 stars Returning Jesus -- No-Man

Returning Jesus is the epitome of an atmospheric, beautiful album. Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson have truly created a work of art with this album.

Returning Jesus is a very melancholic work, yet full of brilliant and shimmering instrumentation. Clearly inspired by cool jazz, ambient music and also chamber music, this album has somewhat of a stripped down sound, while still staying pretty atmospheric in nature. While those two terms (stripped-down, atmospheric) may sound contrasting, in terms of this album, they really aren't. Bowness' vocals haven't changed much, maybe a little more breathy and personal. The guitarring of Steven Wilson is just as creative as it always is, and compliments Bowness' vocals quite nicely. A common guest of Steven and Tim's, Theo Travis, among a handful of others, makes an appearance on this album. His presence is always welcome, in my opinion, as he is a great flautist and saxophonist, adding that wonderful jazz sound to this mix.

This is an excellent album. The only downside is that some pieces seem to drift on for a little longer than I feel they should, though this isn't always a negative thing. An excellent album overall and highly recommended for fans of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness, as well as those with affinities for cool jazz-influenced rock and chamber music.

4 Stars.

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