What does it sound like?:
One thing that can be said for Steven Wilson is that he never stands still. Anyone who’s involved in so many bands, projects, side-projects and work for other artists is always going to be hard to pin down and that’s clearly the way he likes it.
That, of course, can have potential downsides, especially from a commercial point of view and there’s no guarantee that if you liked any of his previous work, you’re going to accept the next thing that comes along. I presume this is a risk that Wilson doesn’t care about as there’s either a) a pleasing progression over his last few albums as he gracefully changes tack and develops as an artist or b) an unwelcome move away from the more prog-tastic work of his earlier career as he chases a bit more commercial success. You’re going to have to pick a side with this new album.
‘Hand. Cannot. Erase’ is peak Wilson for me so far and this new album doesn’t change that. It continues the move towards generally shorter, more traditionally commercial pieces that started with ‘To The Bone’ and there’s no doubt that there are several » Continue Reading.