The title track is by far the best song here however, successfully doing everything that most of the rest of the album failed to do, creating an extremely powerful, emotional song with good progression and tasteful instrumental sections. Erase' is a masterpiece start to finish, if Wilson had created a copy of this album I personally wouldn't be as interested in listening to it because it wouldn't be anything new to listen to. I find it helps me to appreciate each track better when I have some background on it. This time Steven Wilson finally managed to truly differentiate his solo career from the Porcupine Tree sound with a much more symphonic record, with roots in the 70's and tons of jazz elements but much more better integrated and not so boring as in Grace for Drowning. Sonically and melodically stunning, To The Bone is a high definition snapshot of the disconcerting times we live in.
The British musician takes his fans and listeners on a musical journey through time, as he showcases his eclectic musical work, as well as his talent and charisma. This part strongly reminds me of 'Yes' with a bit of 'The Mars Volta' thrown in as well. What you get here is a collection of music that Wilson was messing around with for different purposes, none of it was originally supposed to be released to the public. They work for certain artists but he just not one of them. It has a sort of industrial Aphex Twin sound.
Many of the ideas in the song are repeated at different dynamics and textures which at times is highly effective and sounds awesome. See also: thanks to Spence LiquidEternity for the biography I admit that when I first listened to some of the tracks from this album, I was sceptical due to how its more mainstream sound greatly contrasted with his two previous jazz influenced albums, 'Hand. I expect this one will be no different. The concert lasted for more than 2. Some of the styles he has been known to utilize are heavy prog, psychedelic, electronica, post-rock, ambient music, drone, metal, and art rock. It's pretty much just an experiment into trance style music, there is no melody or solos here, just dance music.
I don't mind the negative lyrics, but silly lyrics really get on my nerves. Furthermore, unlike with what normally happens with compositions by Steven Wilson, this contains a significant amount of extended solos and instrumental sections, which not only feel overlong, but also remove the emotional impact that is trying to be achieved in many cases. It is so overwhelming, and I can't help but smile with joy when I hear it. I don't mind the negative lyrics, but silly lyrics really get on my nerves. The extras have some very professional recorded songs during rehearsals, and a 10 minutes interview with Steven. This one starts with repeating echoing effects and quickly establishes a trance beat.
Almost all of the songs here are at least somewhat derivative of the prog giants of the 70s, often quite heavily, leading to a collection of songs that lack the same fire that the classics had, leading to a dreary bunch of songs that end up missing the mark to at least some extent. Drums, mellotron and a beautiful soft guitar riff is added, as Wilson sings more verses. It is experimental, creative, and very memorable. On November 2nd 2018, Grammy-nominated artist Steven Wilson released his latest work, Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Very important in my opinion is the participation of Ninet Tayeb, which was a pleasant surprise to me, cause I wasn't expecting her to participate in the live shows.
As much as I want another full-on prog rock concept album from Steven, I'll gladly take a progressive pop album. . Halfway through, you start hearing voices as if being transmitted across airwaves and these come and go with different effects. So, you can expect the unexpected here, but don't expect to hear anything that sounds like the mainstream progressive sounds of Wilson or any of his bands like 'Porcupine Tree', 'Blackfield', or 'No-man'. Laughing Stock is also good but it's very dark and ethereal. The band played songs from the Porcupine Tree catalog to satisfy all his fans.
While this would probably please many prog fans, for me this is not the strongest song on the album. Each of these masters is at the top of their craft for their given instrument, and demonstrate that on full display here. Other songs from the album do a similar thing, such as 'Pariah' and 'Refuge'? I am a massive Pink Floyd fan, and recognise them as one of the absolute greatest prog acts of all time, and The Wall as an influential concept album. This one is also quite trance-like. Overall, this Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall collection is recommended for all fans of Steven Wilson. A couple of my friends who live in London were lucky enough to see him during those performances and they were amazed! However, I believe this works in the album's favour. This album will probably not appeal to the masses that do not like the experimental music of Wilson ala Bass Communion and I.
Unfortunately, after the extremely promising intro, the song slows down considerably, invoking an atmosphere akin to a weaker version of the song 'In The Court Of The Crimson King'. Despite what people may think, 'To the Bone' is a new and exciting album with few flaws in it and much to analyse. You should recognize the piano riffs as it fades in if you have heard the Blackfield song. The source material for 'Nuclear Head of an Angel' 2003 is apparently all taken from an acoustic guitar and processed to make a very nice and soft interlude which is placed in the tracklist as a break from the heavy and fast electronic beats. However, this repetition is excessive for a nine-minute song and it would have been nice for one or two other sections to have been introduced to add a greater variety. At 6:00, everything quiets down as the coda begins. More specifically, he wants the audience standing and dancing, he wants to reach mainstream success, and he wants to steer away from the progressive rock label.
This part is more ambient as echoing guitars and keys create a spacey atmosphere. However, it is a troubling new direction that I feel is not sustainable as this approach can quickly get stale. Let's not forget that Porcupine Tree, like it or not, belongs to the past. I'm not ashamed to say that I like this song, I admire Wilson's bravery in including such a divisive song but after all he is doing what he wants to do and not allowing himself to be directed creatively by his audience's desires and tastes. This is one of the few albums to have ever made me cry, and surprisingly so it wasn't do to the emotional narrative concept it portrays. Louis sound with little blurps of brass among a slightly dissonant background.