The Raven That Refused To Sing
Steven Wilson's solo career apart from Porcupine Tree, is for this listener, far more interesting. Whereas PTree currently skirts the line between rock and metal, his solo work fits squarely in the progressive rock arena. The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories) is easily his magnum opus. The musicianship is stellar - he recorded with his touring band: Nick Beggs (Stick), Guthrie Govan (guitar), Adam Holzman (keys), Marco Minnemann (drums), and Theo Travis (flute, sax). Mr. Wilson has also dug two things out of mothballs - King Crimson's Mellotron and Alan Parsons. It was Steven Wilson's wish to one day work with Alan Parsons, who came on board as engineer. I can't tell you who is responsibile for what but I can tell you that the production is impeccable. The opening epic "Luminol" drips with the holy 'tron sounding like a cross-generation blend of King Crimson eras. And so it goes through out the album. Some utterly fierce playing on this album. From beginning to end a stunning effort. BUY OR DIE!