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Insurgentes

Steven Wilson Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Harmony Korine
2. Abandoner
3. Salvaging
4. Veneno Para Las Hadas
5. No Twilight
6. Significant Other
7. Only Child
8. Twilight Coda
9. Get All You Deserve
10. Insurgentes
Disc: 2
1. (DVD-Audio) Advanced Resolution 5.1 of Insurgentes (24/48 resolution)
2. Advanced Resolution stereo of Insurgentes (24/48 resolution)
3. DTS 5.1 of Insurgentes (24/48 resolution)
4. 24-bit stereo LPCM of Insurgentes (24/48 resolution)

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2 Disc Set (CD + DVDA) with a 24 page booklet packaged in a Super jewel case with slipcase. Announcing Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's debut solo album `Insurgentes'. Acclaimed for his work with Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Anja Garbarek amongst others, Steven Wilson's debut album Insurgentes contains 10 new tracks that range from ballads and anthems to all-out industrial noise assaults. The dark, cinematic and richly textured album represents two years' worth of creative output and numerous recording sessions worldwide in studios from Mexico City to Japan and Israel. While Wilson is a member of several bands including Blackfield, No- Man and Bass Communion, he explains that "when I began writing these songs, I quickly realized that they would be best suited to an album under my own name. It was an intuitive, almost unconscious writing process that resulted in a kind of `poetry of melancholy.'" Wilson recruited a stellar cast of guests to work on the album including bassist Tony Levin, Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), alongside Japanese Koto player Michiyo Yagi, British guitarist Sand Snowman, and jazz flautist and saxophonist Theo Travis. The final product inhabits a similar experimental realm as recent albums by Thom Yorke, Portishead, and Nine Inch Nails.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't know who this is.... March 6 2009
Format:Audio CD
Even if you don't know who this is, this is a great album. I'd never heard of Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson. I just noticed that the package included a DVD-Audio Advanced Resolution and DTS 5.1 and Stereo mixes for a very good price so I thought I'd give it a try because I have a large SACD and DVD Audio collection (and there's little new music in rock or electronic music in those formats anymore).

In short: This album is stellar. If you are a fan of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, or She Wants Revenge, (or Death Cab for Cutie even in a strange way) I'm almost certain you'd like it. Even if you are not, this album is clearly worth a listen. There are rock, electronic, ambient, psychedelic and industrial influences that are just so well combined. It really sets a mood. As I listen repeatedly I appreciate it all more.

A lucky find for me! Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insurgentes is absolutely incredible! Feb. 24 2009
By Kat A.
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who do not know of Steven Wilson: He is the vocalist and guitarist of Porcupine Tree. He is also a solo artist, a producer (he produced and contributed to 3 Opeth albums amongst others), as well as having other projects (Blackfield('rock' music with Israeli artist Aviv Geffen), No-Man(with Tim Bowness on vocals) and Bass Communion (more atmospheric)). He's a busy guy.

Overall Insurgentes is an incredible album, each song is vastly different from the previous. Each one is also arranged meticulously and beautifully. The entire album gives a sense of haunting beauty. Steven Wilson has described it as a compilation of what he listens to, as it incorporates his influences. It is rather difficult to describe and therefore you should just buy it and listen to it! Basically, Steven Wilson is a genius and here is an incredible solo album by him. No doubt about it. Overall this album is just amazing, I cannot give it enough praise! It really doesn't belong to a specific genre which is great since a variety of people with different tastes in music will find something on it to enjoy. Seriously, get it. You won't be disappointed.

Side note, if you are an audiophile also pick this up. The surround sound mix will blow your mind! Steven Wilson mixed it all himself and it sounds great so if you are into any of this stuff then this is yet another reason to buy this album.

If you are a fan of Steven Wilson and any one of his many projects, GET THIS NOW. It is an awesome album. I don't need to convince you. Just get it.

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