Without going into a complete Steven Wilson biography, I have to say that this guy has to be one of the sharpest progressive rock musicians, composers and producers on the planet today. When it comes to dark, ambient progressive rock no one does it better. Whether it's work with his full-time band, Porcupine Tree or the production job on Opeth's 'Damnation,' my all-time favorite album, almost everything Wilson touches seems to be gold. To say that I and prog fans everywhere where looking forward to his newest creation 'Insurgentes' would be a huge understatement.
Everything Steven Wilson has worked on can be called experimental but 'Insurgentes' goes farther and draws from more influences than anything that I've heard him involved with before. Not surprisingly, it does sound a bit like Porcupine Tree, but overall slower and usually a bit simpler. There is more programming and atmosphere and, whether intentional or not, there are references to classic rock and blues icons that can be heard all over the place. Just check out the first half of 'No Twilight Within The Courts Of The Sun,' which reminds me of Lou Reed, and you'll see what I mean.
There is always a chance of a letdown if you're over-anticipating an album, or really anything good in life, but in the case of 'Insurgentes' there is none. The bulk of this CD is fantastic, and should make fans everywhere stand up and take notice. Once again, Steven Wilson comes up gold again with 'Insurgentes.'
The bulk of this CD is fantastic, and should make fans everywhere stand up and take notice. Once again, Steven Wilson comes up gold again with 'Insurgentes.'
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