Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Limited Edition 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl 2LP Record

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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) is the third solo album by British Progressive Rock musician Steven Wilson, released in February 2013 by Kscope Records.

This supremely ambitious album consists of six remarkable songs (three of which are over ten minutes), with each track on the album is based on a story of the supernatural and spiritual occurrences. Wilson stresses though that the album is very much not a concept record in that old tradition. The songs are all epic, shape-shifting collages of sound in keeping with the overarching theme of the album. Wilson structures his work with great sophistication, making the mix of long and shorter (plus 5 minutes) tracks alternate.

Starting with eleven minute Luminol, easily one of Wilson’s best songs; the opening minutes are mouth-dropping, jazz-rock influenced passages, while the core of the track softens a bit, until slowly the song picks up momentum until it closes stronger than how the track started. The several melodies and hooks repeated themselves at the right pace, at the right time.

Same thing can be said for the third track, the even jazzier and vivacious The Holy Drinker, that with its frequent organ usage has somewhat of a hard rock edge to it. The last of the long songs is The Watchmaker which boasts gentle, acoustic verses that give a perfect musical variety to the album's whole.

The shorter songs are placed between the epics. Drive Home is a nice and calm song that has some great solos and good songwriting, while The Pin Drop has one of the greatest hooks of the entire album, and some of the best musicianship as well on behalf of Wilson's playing. The final track, The Raven That Refused To Sing, with its limited drums and incredible atmosphere closes the album with a vibrating tension.

The Raven That Refused To Sing is certainly an intense listen but a rewarding one, an excellent example of a modern Prog Rock album that tributes the past with newer, more elaborate sounds and great, lush production.

This double LP is pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners and is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Luminol

12:10

B1

Drive Home

7:37

B2

The Holy Drinker

10:14

C1

The Pin Drop

5:03

C2

The Watchmaker

11:42

D1

The Raven That Refused To Sing

7:57

SKU 802644583518
Record Label Kscope Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number KSCOPE835
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 25 February 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 25 February 2013
Barcode # 802644583518
Shipping Weight 0.5950kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Double Album 2LP Records, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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