WILSON, STEVEN - GRACE FOR DROWNING
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2011 solo release from the twice Grammy-nominated producer, writer and performer, best known as founder and front man of British rock band Porcupine Tree. Grace For Drowning is the second album released under Wilson's own name, and builds on the artistic inroads he forged with 2009's exceptionally well-received Insurgentes. A double album ('two 40-45 minute albums in the same package') Wilson has described it as "my biggest project to date".
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Grace for Drowning dépasse toutes les attentes que j'avaient envers cet album. Certes, Insurgentes était excellent ; Grace for Drowning le devance de loin. Steven Wilson a, je crois, atteint son paroxysme en tant que musicien avec cet album. Il a encore une fois réussi a créer une ambiance sombre, mais tellement belle, émouvante et puissante. Les choeurs contribuent de manière exceptionnelle à créer cette ambiance hors-du-commun, tout comme les assonances affolantes propres à Steven Wilson. En intégrant en plus beaucoup d'éléments de jazz, comme dans certains albums de King Crimson notamment, Wilson nous transporte dans une ambiances des groupes rock-progressifs des années 70, mais avec une touche extrêmement délicate, mais puissante à la fois. La sonorité sur cet album est incroyable. Texturé et subtil, il nous fait vibrer, il nous transporte dans les mélodies, tant dans les ballades que dans les pièces plus rythmées. Bref, Grace for Drowning vaut vraiment la peine d'être acheté et mérite une écoute attentive. 5 étoiles.
Seriously you just CAN'T MISS that one!
The several layers of Wilson genius are on full display here: His uncanny ability to assimilate and reformulate diverse influences and present them as something fresh, his apparently limitless melodic instinct, and an unerring sense of song sequence. The familiar tricks and tropes are recognizable, but offered up with a level of accomplishment and assurance that elevates Grace for Drowning above even the brilliant Insurgentes, his first solo album. While the main influence is the jazz-fusion prog-rock of Lizard-era King Crimson, and his guest musicians are a thoroughbred mix of jazz and rock artists who play as if this album were their very own, the work is without question Steven Wilson's: melody is never forgotten, the dark themes predominate, and even during the most free-form of the improve-like sequences there is a sense of tight control over the entire enterprise.
There are rare lapses of judgment on this album, the conventional and Blackfieldesque "Postcard" being one of them. The highlights of the album include the achingly beautiful "Deform to form a Star" and the terrifying "Index". And towering above it all is the massive, 23-minute "Raider II", a monster of a piece, the dark and brutal soul of the entire album.Read more ›
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Another back issue here only this one is still luke warm having been released in 2011. Steve Wilson is fast becoming one of this generations Musical Masterminds ( a new age Eric... Read morePublished 6 months ago by spigomars
Super recording and like all Steven Wilson's stuff highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Stan
I first have to qualify my review by stating that I am a fan of Porcupine Tree, and Steven Wilson; with regard to his solo work, I purchased in the order of 'INSURGENTES' (heavy,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Upright Grand Master J
Love Steven Wilson's 5.1 surround sound remixes! I don't love every song here, but the production and surround mix is awesome throughout.Published on Nov. 18 2013 by Boris The Cat
When I first heard this recording I liked it but thought......so what!! There was nothing new and, mistakenly, I thought the writing was not up to some the more inspiring... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2012 by Paul Wallis
Steven Wilson is charting the stormy waters between Jazz and Prog Rock with this new release - keeping up a recent reputation of demanding listening with aplomb... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2011 by B. Horne
There is no question in my mind that Steven Wilson is a genius. He crafts the most amazing, layered compositions of anyone in the world of rock today. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2011 by Savagino
Steven Wilson (known from bands such as Porcupine Tree, No-Man and Blackfield) states that this is his biggest project to date. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2011 by Anders_Slåke