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TIM BOWNESS

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Tim BOWNESS is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band NO-MAN, a long-running collaboration with Steven WILSON (PORCUPINE TREE).

In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with NO-MAN, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist ALICE, Robert FRIPP, Hugh HOPPER (SOFT MACHINE), OSI, WHITE WILLOW, Nick MAGNUS and ROXY MUSIC's Phil MANZANERA (amongst many others), and is a member of the bands HENRY FOOL and MEMORIES OF MACHINES.

Tim recorded the album 'FLAME'(1994) with Richard BARBIERI (PORCUPINE TREE/ex-JAPAN), co-produced/co-wrote 'TALKING WITH STRANGERS' (2009) for Judy DYBLE (ex-FAIRPORT CONVENTION), and continues to collaborate with Peter CHILVERS (Brian ENO/Karl HYDE).

Since 2001, Tim has co-run the successful specialist online label/store BURNING SHED with NO-MAN live bassist, Pete MORGAN.

In 2004, Tim released his debut album 'MY HOTEL YEAR'. 'ABANDONED DANCEHALL DREAMS' (from 2014 and on InsideOut Music) is his second.

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3.43 | 7 ratings
Flame (Ft. Richard Barbieri)
1994
4.50 | 2 ratings
World Of Bright Futures (Ft. Samuel Smiles)
1999
3.50 | 2 ratings
California, Norfolk (Ft. Peter Chilvers)
2002
3.08 | 5 ratings
My Hotel Year
2004
3.81 | 67 ratings
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
2014

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 Abandoned Dancehall Dreams by BOWNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.81 | 67 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars One more record where the thing I appreciate most is the cover, unfortunately. The picture is very old-style and should fit a seventies LP-record fine, the dance couple seems aslo to be taken from an old movie or something. "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams" is a studio album by the american artist "Tim Bowness", it's his fifth work and on this record he plays guitar, keyboard but mostly sings.

The music does really feel abandoned, often it is like a sad voice in an empty roam. All the songs are very sad and pessimistic. I could have accepted that if the music contained more than it did. Sometimes I like what I hear on this record "Smiler at 50" is the record's best song with beautiful strings and great instrumentation and the vocals work fine too(6/10). "The Warm- up man forever" with great drums and guitar solo(6/10), "Dancing for you" with great guitar and synth(6/10) as well as "I fought against the south", which has great instrumental parts (6/10) are pieces I don't regret I listened to. But as a whole record it just makes me sad and melancholic.

I don't recognize things in this music, it's like the musicians aren't talking my language. The rest of the songs are hard for me to endure. "Abandoned dancehall dreams" has good points but I don't see the reason for me to hear them. Two stars!

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3.81 | 67 ratings

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Review by Gallifrey

4 stars I've never really liked No-Man. I'm one of those people that likes to treat Steven Wilson as some sort of god among men, and I am a huge fan of every single one of his musical endeavors with the exception of No-Man and I.E.M. (and to a certain extent Bass Communion). I feel that I should love it - Steven writing dreamy pop music, but none of their albums ever really clicked with me, even after giving the fan-favourite Together We're Stranger a good four or five listens during my 2003 focus last year. The compositions just aren't as melodically interesting, and even though at times I kinda get the vibe they were going for, I can never say a No-Man album is anything more than "ok", and I feel that a lot of it comes down to Tim Bowness' voice. It's just got such an irritating timbre, and he tries to be dramatic and breathy far too many times in his delivery. Give me a No-Man record with Sir Steven singing lead and it may jump up a full 2 points. Ironic, then, that the first thing I actually enjoy from this project, is an album with no Steven Wilson input.

And yes, to those wondering, this is a No-Man record, despite Mr Bowness' name being the one on the cover, since all of these songs were written to be a No-Man record originally, but with Steven abandoning him to continue sucking off Robert Fripp (I'm not complaining by the way), Bowness decided to release them himself, and at least had the courtesy to put it under a different name. But unlike the abomination of Blackfield IV, this actually wouldn't bring any real disrepute to the No-Man catalogue, since as I said before, this is actually rather good. This is easily the rockiest I've heard No-Man at, with some of these songs being quite heavy and grooving. Should the opening pair of tracks have been placed on a true No-Man record, nearly everyone would assume they were Wilson compositions, so it nearly seems that Bowness is rocking up his sound a bit in order to overcompensating for his missing boyfriend.

As I said before, it's the opening duo of "The Warm Up Man Forever" and "Smiler at 50" that really bring this album forward in my ears. The opener has the traditional sultry groove that No- Man has dabbled in in their trip-hop days, but with the stellar string parts and the jumpy rhythms from the bass and drums it becomes an entirely different beast - energetic and quite fun, but in a melancholic sort of way. The second track has a first half reminiscent of what No-Man have been doing on their last two albums (although with a good melody), with its dramatic piano and violin lighting up the melancholy. But the real treat comes at the end of the track, where Tim decides to imitate his best friend in the nicest way possible, bringing a noisy and chaotic wall of noise straight in, smothered in choirs and strings and flute, sounding directly off one of Steven's recent solo records. It's fantastically intense, and the intensity is what No-Man have always needed in my mind, since the rest of their music is so needlessly dreary.

But it's almost as if these two tracks, being more upbeat and exciting and energetic than the standard No-Man material, create a nice opening for the rest of the album, which more or less is standard No-Man material. An album like Together We're Stranger spends its entire length being moody and dark and repetitive and honestly quite dull, but even if some of the songs have moments, the entire record sounds pretty much the same, so they're drowned in boredom and sameyness to the point where I can't even enjoy them as moments. The remainder of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams isn't too far off from those records, being primarily ambient pop music with a focus on dreamy and dreary atmospheric grooves, but with the wonderful opening pair, the songs really start to open up, because they're not waves in an ocean, they're like the first sight of the ocean after a rocky climb over land. There are no real highlights of the remaining tracks, but all but a couple feature nice parts within them. I'll admit that I still can't really get into Bowness' voice, but the dreamy piano and guitar that flows through his structuring finally starts to open up to me on this album.

The one thing that Abandoned Dancehall Dreams has really done for me though, is give me a bit more hype for when Steven returns to No-Man. It's evident that Tim has tried to fill his absence with songs like Smiler at 50, but a full-on return from him could bring about some wonderful compositions in the vein of the Insurgentes record (still waiting for a sequel, Steven). But for now, Abandoned Dancehall Dreams is certainly my favourite record from Mr Bowness' career, and I'm really glad that I'm finally starting to appreciate and understand him, because he has evaded me for the longest time.

7.0

Originally written for my Facebook page/blog: www.facebook.com/neoprogisbestprog

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 Abandoned Dancehall Dreams by BOWNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.81 | 67 ratings

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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Tim Bowness is one of the few truly stellar progressive rock voices, both unique in timbre and emotionally effusive, with a vast catalog of successful endeavors with his pal Steve Wilson (No-Man is a stalwart entry in the prog pantheon), as well as his ongoing work with Henry Fool and a flurry of solo adventures of which "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams" is the very latest to reach our ears. Adorned by a classic 'retro' progressive rock album cover that ensures the proggy nature of his craft and populated by the 'crème de la crème' prog musicians (names such as veterans Colin Edwin, Pat Mastelotto, Richard Barbieri and Wilson, as well as the newer Henry Fool crew of keyboardist Stephen Bennett, drummer Andrew Booker and guitarman Michael Bearpark) who all simply 'get it' when it comes to the divine spirit that Tim Bowness seems to completely master. The results are quite impeccable, as this is not ambient shoe gaze gauze but a melancholic poetic essay drenched in powerful emotions that defy the possibility of yawning at the drop of a hat. Each composition possesses its own inherent heartbeat, searching out bewildering horizons where escape and contemplation rule the day. Nothing excessively long or ridiculously short, the entire menu just flows delectably. There is enough here to attract both the demanding rock fan as well as perhaps finding favor with that eternally "unflinchingly hostile to prog" female market.

Highly atmospheric, sensually inspired, sturdily grounded with rhythmic foundation and loaded to the gills with ethereal sound sculptures, Bowness' hushed voice flickers like some fiery butterfly ballerina, eternally riveting and intense. There are some glittering prizes among the crown jewels solemnly encased for the prog tourist to view, namely the "Smiler at 50" and its electro companion "Smiler at 52", both ecstatic gems that will rock your world. My personal favorite is the mind-blowing "I Fought Against the South", a nearly 9 minute extravaganza that goes through a contrast turnstile halfway that just left me helplessly glowing, crushed by the orgasmic string arrangement led by Andrew Keeling. These violins actually emote on a heavenly mantle of mellotron cushions, grandiose flute fluttering and eclectic percussive concussions.

This exquisite package includes a second fully loaded CD that offers mix/outtake variations on the preceding themes, reworked demos that conjure up a wider palette of sounds, different musicians and extending the overall pleasure with any hint of redundancy. In some instances, the arrangements become more electronic in nature, with vocoded voice effects and Kraftwerkian beat box moods running rampant. The all choral "Singing for You" is achingly rapturous!

Another 2014 masterpiece!

5 reckless disco reveries

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 Abandoned Dancehall Dreams by BOWNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.81 | 67 ratings

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars I love it when I listen to an album with absolutely no expectations, and I'm completely taken by it. Tim Bowness' new solo album "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams" is a moody, groovy, spine- tingling album of sonic wonder and beautiful, eerie soundscapes. Its melancholy is gorgeously perfect, and utterly enthralling.

Tim Bowness is the vocalist for the band No-man, made famous by collaboration with Steven Wilson. The latter and many other artists are involved in this work, honestly too many to mention. Reading the list of contributors, the sound of this album becomes pretty clear. An electronic foundation of programming and effects is but one of the layers found here, as violins, flowing bass, and soaring guitars all combine to form a dark contrasting environment in which Bowness works. That is one of the biggest impressions I get from this album, as Bowness seems to like really slow, bass driven compositions which he can then augment with brilliant melodies using some non-standard instrument. It's a strategy that works beautifully.

Bowness' lyrical content is clearly part and parcel with the music. The two mix organically on a level that few ever achieve. "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams", in my view, is an ode to lost dreams and the frustration with not being able to achieve what you set out to do in life. Yet, somehow, it's also about the forced smiles and perceived happiness that we conjure in response to our abandonment of our deepest desires. The melancholy bulldozer within this album pushes this story into your mind with great finesse and skill.

There are high points and low points here, but far more of the former. My favorites include "The Warm-Up Man Forever", "Smiler at 50", and "Smiler at 52" (probably my favorite) with its clear electronic beat. Honestly, though, I really like every song on this album, and even this album's cover is right up my alley with its quaint, retro style. Tim Bowness has really impressed me with this organically melancholy, emotional album. Its blunt flow and catchy choruses are so far the biggest surprise for me this year.

4.5 stars

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Review by admireArt

4 stars His unique universe in all its extensions.

To approach Tim Bowness´music, there are some simple rules. His passion for melancholy dresses much of his work. Simplicity first, exhuberance after. Tim Bowness owns a ¨trademark¨ voice, so wherever he is, you will know! And above everything else, his musical environments have always his underlined unique signature.

"Abandonned Dancehall Dreams", 2014, is no exception to these "rules", but in a massive context. Feauturing an 'All-Star" band, every single turn his personal language could take, becomes a reality in this 2 cd project. Delivering a very attractive and quiet finished set of scopes and styles, which he compresses and refines at his best in each one of these songs.

To tag him for newcomers I will certainly address the "post rock/math rock" followers at first, then the more aquainted No- Man's crowd, (as the "Memory of Machines" , "CENTROZOON" or his "Slow Electric" project followers ). And then finally the audiophiles who dig the "Talk Talk" kind of dream like "crossover" prog taken to full length.

If I could compare this work with his previous "solo?" works (the ones listed here in PA) , I certainly will rate this one 5 stars, but in a general prog/universe this is at least ****4 PA stars!

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 My Hotel Year by BOWNESS, TIM album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.08 | 5 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars The press release for this album captures the feeling behind Tim Bowness' debut solo work really well when it says 'Calling all fans of Bowie, Sylvain, This Mortal Coil and the quintessential 4AD sound, Hammill, Walker, Drake, Tim Buckley, Eno, Marks Hollis and Eitzel, Portishead, Red House Painters and existential introspection set to a smorgasbord of 21st century beats - upbeat, downbeat or simply a heartbeat.' This is an album that is full of emotion and passion, fully laden with atmosphere and a very different take on the musical world. Tim is of course well known for his work with Steve Wilson as no-man (I have a sampler containing a song from the band when they were known as 'no man is an island except the isle of man'!).

Probably the word that best sums up this album is 'reflection', whether it is self- reflection by the listener or by the singer. This is music to drift along to, music that creates a certain ambience. One can imagine some of these songs being used in films, as there is a definite cinematic quality about them. This definitely won't be to everyone's tastes but when the latest shredder has taken away the wits and what was left of your ear drums then this would be the album to chill to.

Originally appeared in Feedback #81, October 2004

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