Genre : Progressive Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Label : Caroline International
Year : 2017

Steven Wilson… A huge chapter of the Progressive Rock – Psychedelic Rock Music, an artist with all the features this term includes, an artist who has been well established in this musical field throughout his 30-year career, mostly while being a member of Porcupine Tree and other projects of course (I.E.M, No-Man, Bass Communion, Storm Corrosion και Blackfield). He’s an enthusiast of experimental music and an adventurer of various genres, like jazz, ambient, pop (pop not as in the case of Madonna, MTV and other trash, but despite the easy-to-listen texture of this music even though its pop – id est popular – in the broadest sense)… This year’s release is his fifth personal album titled “To The Bone” with which he wants to share with us his views on issues that are more or less tormenting our society like religion, politics, refugees, personal relationships between people. The album has fresh compositions in which the constant changes in the lineup contribute majorly (but without losing consistency by always retaining its musical identity) made by mastermind Steven, who is bringing many different and renowned musicians to each release. For example, I should mention Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson, Joe Coker, Eurythmics) and Craig Blundell on drums, experimental guitarist David Collar, Mark Feltham (Rory Gallagher, Nine Below Zero), Adam Holzman and there are two extraordinary female presents on vocals – Ninet Tayeb and Sophie Hunger. It is a multidimensional album, with the 11 tracks containing a wealth of influences that translate into 11 independent compositions that reflect Wilson’s multifaceted personality. In fact, he doesn’t hesitate to flirt with music that brings to mind Bee Gees and ABBA (‘Permanating’) or a mixture of Massive Attack and Arctic Monkeys (‘Song Of I’). In ‘The Same Asylum As Before’ and ‘People Who Eat Darkness” he follows the known tracks, reminding us of Porcupine Tree, something that’s quite reasonable and expected but also legitimate for his listeners-fans. In the highlights, I should definitely include ‘Pariah’ that’s not a pariah at all amidst Wilson’s discography. An emotional song, in which essentially we listen to a Wilson – Ninet Tayeb dialogue that unleashes human loneliness and the need someone to stand up for us when we need it, especially when we are bored with everything around us and many times with even ourselves. In the end of the album we find ‘Song of Unborn’ which, despite its melancholic style, offers a touch of optimism about the future of humanity rather than the dystopian environment in which we live… “Don’t be afraid to die, don’t be afraid to be alive, .. don’t be afraid”.

4,5/6