Thursday, July 24 2014
A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms.
Friday, January 10 2014
Even though “Drive Home” remains one of The Raven that Refused to Sing’s weaker spots, this bonus material-rich single offers plenty of enticing material that, while drowning out the stated purpose of the single itself, expands on the successes of Raven quite nicely.
Thursday, August 29 2013
Steven Wilson’s decreased role in Blackfield raises the simple question: Aviv Geffen’s immense talent aside, is Blackfield truly Blackfield when it’s not an equal duo?
Wednesday, May 22 2013
Having established himself at the forefront of global progressive music, Steven Wilson won't rest on the success of Porcupine Tree if sonic borders remain to be breached. But first he has to find a way to signal past the noise, in a world where too many choices often send listeners screaming for the exits.
Monday, April 29 2013
For all the emotional lacerations and bruises Together We’re Stranger so artfully describes, “The Break-Up for Real” ends the album in a way that suggests Bowness and Wilson have arrived at something close to peace.
Monday, April 22 2013
The final two songs on Together We’re Stranger are the album’s most straightforward. The first of these, “Back When You Were Beautiful”, is a great example of Tim Bowness' literary eye, with some tragicomic instrumentation from Steven Wilson providing a unique and perplexing background to these mournful lyrics.
Monday, April 15 2013
"Photographs in Black and White", the longest song on the Together We're Stranger album, is one part introspective Americana and another part ominous drone. It's about how nostalgia so often gives way to darkness.
Monday, April 8 2013
Together We're Stranger's most heartbreaking moment, "Things I Want to Tell You", depicts pain in a way unlike any artist working in any medium ever has. Long after the aches have faded away and the forward-looking narration of "bluecoda" has ended, it's damn difficult to not sense this hurt lingering.
Monday, April 1 2013
The brief ambient interlude "The City in a Hundred Ways" is, compared to the other four tracks in Together We're Stranger's opening five-track suite, mostly inconsequential. But what it manages to say in its two and a half minutes is quite resounding.
Monday, December 10 2012
An amazing performance of some of the progressive rock quartet's best work. A must-own collection.