First off, let me state that I love this guy's music. His work in Porcupine Tree and No-Man et al. has created many absolutely stunning tracks. Usually, the glory of his songs hit me immediately. This was not the case with Insurgentes. I first listened to it with the same level of excitement that I usually have for a new Steven Wilson release. Harmony Korine was exactly what I wanted. The rest of the album was not.
Originally, I was turned off by the relentlessly slow pace of Abandoner. And then I was turned off further by the wall of noise that makes up the latter part of the song. Salvaging was just too weird for me with the strange sounds and completely contrary sections (heavy guitar and drums into a string section and then back into more menacing territory). I had similar concerns throughout the album, the only songs I really enjoyed being Harmony Korine, Veneno Para Las Hadas, and the title and final track.
Despite my dislike for many of the songs, I constantly listened to them for reasons unbeknownst to me. I had gotten two other CDs at the same time and I knew I liked those but I kept ignoring them in favour of Insurgentes. During one of these inexplicable times listening to the album every song just seemed mind-bogglingly good. The vocals, the instrumentation, the songwriting, and yes, even the atonal sounds that puncture several of the tracks fit together into a seamless hole. Now I feel I'm entering some kind of dark and mysterious world of sound when I listen to this album. I now believe this will be as integral a part of my music collection as Porcupine Tree's In Absentia or Godspeed You! Black Emperor's F#A#oo.
Long story short, this album is a masterpiece, even if you don't think so immediately. If you are a fan of anything Steven Wilson is done, buy this. Eventually, you won't be disappointed.