Steven Wilson
Grace for Drowning


4.5
superb

Review

by Flyboy USER (9 Reviews)
September 29th, 2011 | 651 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progressive rock in 2011

Steven Wilson, the mastermind best known for fronting the iconic prog rock band, Porcupine Tree is always keeping busy. Whether its remixing and remastering the legendary King Crimson back catalog to perfection, collaborating with Israeli artist, Aviv Geffen in Blackfield or assisting in creating Opeth’s latest “observation”, he somehow manages to have a little time for some self-indulgence. Wilson’s passion for album oriented rock is a strong and fervent one and thus, through the midst of all these projects gives birth to the stunning and grandiose, Grace For Drowning.

Grace for Drowning is the bulk of two albums put in one, Volume I. Deform to Form A Star, and Volume II. Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye. Using the same approach that Robert Fripp used to assemble his cast of musicians for Lizard, Steven Wilson gathered up and ensemble of England’s prominent jazz musicians as well as some already well known musicians like Jordan Rudess and Steve Hackett to participate in his latest offering. The result is a quite amazing. Lush soundscapes evoke themes of nostalgia and times of autumn as present in the one of the album’s somber numbers, Postcard. Chaos ensues in the eerie, and cryptically titled midsection of Remainder the Black Dog as an earsplitting saxophone yowls its siren only to be silenced by wailing guitars and jazzy keys leaving listeners excited to hear what comes next after each creative turn the musical piece takes. The power that this album seems to have is the ability to entice with its instrumental precision. Steven Wilson engages his artistic freedom in Track One where an almost poppy hook turns into a scene of musical pandemonium where thundering drums and ghostly keys completely turn the mood of the song around. Index, one of the albums most engaging tracks, should be remembered as some of Wilson’s best material lyrically and musically. Beautiful string work provided by the London Session Orchestra and amazing production techniques really offer a unique look into all of the countless work and brilliance that went to this piece. Raider II, Grace for Drowning’s epic 23 minute opus has every single aspect that this record features condensed into one gigantic memorable monster. From clarinets to saxes and even a choir, Raider II is sure to make a longlasting impression on its listeners. The song effortless shifts from many different musical genres stemming from jazz to progressive rock, electronica, ambient, psychedelic, hard rock and everything in between. Its absolutely stunning work.

Grace For Drowning is as ambitious as an album gets. All of the previous elements of Wilson’s work are present such as amazing sound production and vibrant musicianship. However, with his second output of solo material, Steven Wilson really takes a giant leap in terms of creativity with this masterpiece and it proves to show as one of his most memorable and best albums of his prolific career and likewise a rewarding and pleasurable listen.



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Mordecai.
September 29th 2011


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

not a 5 neg.

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


good eye mordecai!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2011


50500 Comments


Dick move

Flyboy
September 29th 2011


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wrote this pretty fast any criticism is more than welcomed. Thanks for reading.

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


holy fuck flyboy nice 5 instant pos man

Mordecai.
September 29th 2011


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

oh fuck pospospospospospospos

Flyboy
September 29th 2011


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

;)

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


you tricky bastard

pcar
September 29th 2011


530 Comments


jesus look at that histogram

Mordecai.
September 29th 2011


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

you sly fuck-puppy

TheBaronofBadNews
September 29th 2011


77 Comments


Dat sax solo uuunnnnghhh

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2011


50500 Comments


Who the fuck says histogram?

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


holy fuck

Destructerator
September 29th 2011


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I came

Flyboy
September 29th 2011


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I prefer nifty but tricky will do for now.;)

I kno what you mean tho. Dat sax solo is pure sex amirite? Or aMIrite? fAp fap fap

UrAssIsMyHat
September 29th 2011


155 Comments


I like this

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


that means an instant 5!


this is aoty obs

Destructerator
September 29th 2011


853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How much music can a guy write and still remain original?

coneren
September 29th 2011


11111 Comments


one day we will find out

Flyboy
September 29th 2011


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I cAn tell you but then I would have to kill you.



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