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Grace For Drowning (Limited Edition LP) Limited Edition
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Grace for Drowning is the second album released under Wilson s own name, and builds on the artistic inroads he forged with 2009s exceptionally well received Insurgentes. A double album ( two 40-45 minute albums in the same package ) Wilson has described it as my biggest project to date.
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Having worked on a lot of early King Crimson material lately, there is no denying that some of the influence has crept into Steven Wilson's songwriting vision. This album is more daring in its approach to melody construction and flow. There are a lot of jazzy elements with extended passages for improvised instrumental bliss. Thanks to the jazz-inflicted drumming, there is plenty of dialogue between the soloists, but the Steven Wilson sound is fully intact. The compositions are characterized by dense soundscapes, but each piece is fragmented with lush, easier-to-digest instrumentation. The tension-filled "Sectarian" involves utterly dark acoustic guitars underscored by eerie percussion, tense silences, weird stop-start riffing at once bringing to mind a strange marriage between Univers Zero and Thinking Plague, but the second half is very accessible due to the sudden shift of mood highlighting the blend of the jazzy piano and Mellotron swells.
Some tracks start and end abruptly while others serve as shorter pieces that tie them together. Wilson sets melting pianos and rising synth modulations against melodic constructs. However, the tracks lack tonal centres, and there is a vast array of electric and acoustic beats with shades of texture placed into sparse arrangements.Read more ›
Insurgentes, Steven Wilson's first solo record and the work that precedes Grace For Drowning, had some incredible songs on it. But Insurgentes seemed to have more "mood" or noise pieces that after 2.5 dozen listens tend to get skipped by even the most avid Steven Wilson listener. Grace For Drowning however, provides so much more content, so many more complete songs that are beautifully arranged and sequenced on the album that you can easily pass the one hour and 22 min listening to the whole work from top to bottom without really getting bored. Each song is interesting and complete here.
I will agree with the first reviewer that posted here in that Raider II, the 24 min long epic track on Disc 2 ends up being a little bit of an outlier for this record. It's actually quite a fantastic piece of work and a tremendous adaptation of the early King Crimson 'sound' from the late 60's and early 70's. However, it's long for the sake of being long and perhaps a 12 min long edit of the song would sit better with the listener as what is recorded. After the song seems to end for the 3rd time and you look at the time remaining finding another 10 min, it's extremely tempting to skip to the next track.
But Raider II's over indulgence is just like of those long, gentle speedbumps that are so easy to drive over on an otherwise beautifully paved stretch of musical highway. That highway also goes through some sweet mountains.Read more ›
The several layers of Wilson genius are on full display here: His uncanny ability to assimilate and reformulate diverse influences and present them as something fresh, his apparently limitless melodic instinct, and an unerring sense of song sequence. The familiar tricks and tropes are recognizable, but offered up with a level of accomplishment and assurance that elevates Grace for Drowning above even the brilliant Insurgentes, his first solo album. While the main influence is the jazz-fusion prog-rock of Lizard-era King Crimson, and his guest musicians are a thoroughbred mix of jazz and rock artists who play as if this album were their very own, the work is without question Steven Wilson's: melody is never forgotten, the dark themes predominate, and even during the most free-form of the improve-like sequences there is a sense of tight control over the entire enterprise.
There are rare lapses of judgment on this album, the conventional and Blackfieldesque "Postcard" being one of them. The highlights of the album include the achingly beautiful "Deform to form a Star" and the terrifying "Index". And towering above it all is the massive, 23-minute "Raider II", a monster of a piece, the dark and brutal soul of the entire album.Read more ›
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This 2011 solo album by Porcupine Tree (PT) leader Steven Wilson is just superb. In fact, I actually prefer Grace for Drowning to some of the 2005-2009 PT albums and found that the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey J.Park
This is a great album by Steven Wilson. Very much like early King Crimson on certain tracks. Lots of mellotron which has been my favorite instrument since 1969 when I first heard... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adam Link
Like Prog rock? Then get this. It's that good. Very good songs, very well recorded and engineered. Another great effort from Steven Wilson.Published 7 months ago by ZoesDad
Very biased, I like anything Steven Wilson does. If your a fan, you must have this for your collectionPublished 8 months ago by kingconger