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Steven Wilson


Crossover Prog

4.29 | 2030 ratings

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5 stars Pure art, an all time masterpiece

Well its been a long time since i don't write a review, and i consider this wonderful piece of music as the appropriate way to come back. As a starting point, Steven referred this album to be directly involved in supernatural events, ghosts stories, based on original stories he had read before. Lets not get confused, the album is nowhere dark, or gothic at all; the stories have a more melancholic aura, and tragedy is mostly the main theme of this masterwork. Before going to the "track by track" analysis, its also important to know that this album was engineered by the legend, Allan parson, and was recorded by all the band members as a "live album", all together, hoping to achieve the 70's sound, which they obviously made.. Track by track:

Luminol: the ones we went to the "grace for drowning tour", already knew this song. i remember the time y first listened to it, i was completely mind blown, couldn't understand what they were doing at all. Excellent bass riff performed by Nick Beggs, beautiful vocal arrangements, and the mellotron segment is just glorious. 10/10

Drive home: Beautiful song, wilson vocals here are outstanding, and the band also sounds just delicious, incredible to hear and very emotional. 10/10

Holy Drinker: another absolute masterpiece, strong song, with an almost metal riff, here guthrie govan shows why he is one of the best guitar players of the moment. This one is maybe one of the darkest song of all the disc, and the heavier without any doubt. 10/10

The pin drop: The "lowest" point of the album, but not bad at all. An almost porcupine tree song, nice and energetic. 9/10

The Watchmaker: this one is just awesome, the acoustic guitar is incredible, dark segments, beautifully crafted by the band, you just have to listen to it to capture the atmosphere of this one. 10/10

The raven that refuses to sing: the album title song, really a sad concept, with beautiful orchestral arrangements, and wilson voice is in the center place at grand part of the time. 10/10.

Nash | 5/5 |


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