What does it sound like?:
The fourth SW album proper comes with a storyline (loneliness in the city, detachment from the world… you probably all know it by now) and the resulting songs are gorgeously evocative examples of Wilson’s craft. He’s ditched the Crimson riffing this time for beautiful melodies and some spooky ambient/electro passages; lots of proggy time changes of course, but everything is held together by a unique vision.
What does it all *mean*?
If you listen to music in your car or from your telephone apparatus, this clearly isn’t for you. This album (especially the multi-disc version) really IS an album, and it keeps you interested on so many levels: there’s the story, the 140-page book with pictures, documents, crossed-out text and narratives that add a whole new dimension to the songs. And on the additional discs are alternative arrangements and mixes, too.
Goes well with…
…all his other projects. There’s the grandiosity of Porcupine Tree, the atmospheric moods of No-Man, the dark ambience of Bass Communion, and the melodic song craft of Blackfield. Plus, Mr. Wilson plays some beautiful piano on some of the demos included (one solo reminds me of ELP’s “Like A Pebble” » Continue Reading.