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This is the high resolution Blu-Ray format version of the Steven Wilson Grace For Drowning Release. It features the Album in hi resolution 5.1 stereo audio plus 2 bonus tracks, six work in progress demo versions and 5 promo videos.

1. Grace for Drowning
2. Sectarian
3. Deform to Form a Star
4. No Part of Me
5. Postcard
6. Raider Prelude
7. Remainder the Black Dog
8. Belle De Jour
9. Index
10. Track One
11. Raider II
12. Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye

Product Details

  • Blu-ray (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: KSCOPE
  • ASIN: B005EXA8LY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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108 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Grace for Drowning eclipses Steven Wilson's first solo album both in scope and composition. It covers a broader spectrum of sounds. While Insurgentes was heavily inspired by Wilson's love for 80s new-wave music, borrowing musical traits from Talking Heads, Joy Division, and The Cure, this album harkens back to the early 70s, with songs being highly experimental, much darker, and a lot more progressive.

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.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. Allen on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Perhaps calling this latest work from unofficial Prog scene director Steven Wilson "Album of the Year" is perhaps fanboyism. However, it's clear that this album received more time and attention from it's creator in order to produce a complete work, a complete and cohesive album that still transcends genere's and musical styles.

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.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mike P on September 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was a little underwhelmed with the recent Blackfield release, so I came to this new solo work with my expectations somewhat dampened. Happily, this album is a masterpiece, a veritable smorgasbord of rich musical ideas, dazzling musicianship and wonderful sound engineering. This is truly music as art in a world where the majority of music has become cheap filler (quite literally unfortunately, gotta have something to fill up those gaping empty gigabytes on your brand new iPod, right?). My one small quibble with the existing reviews on this site is that the track Raider II needs time to sit and mature before you pass judgement on it, I too was a little overwhelmed by it initially, but having returned to it many times, it's now a standout track that takes my breath away. Mr. Wilson, with this work you have joined a very exclusive club of artistic genii, and I applaud you for your staunch determination in sticking with a high quality approach to everything you do.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deb McKay on October 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
In Steven Wilson's second full solo offering, we are treated to the work of a man who may well be at the height of his musical powers. Grace for Drowning is a massive work of astonishing inspiration and musicality; it clocks in at somewhere over 80 minutes, and sprawls over two 40-minute-give-or-take CDs of similar structure but rather different moods. Anyone who expects to get the hang of it and be singing along after a couple of listens had best look elsewhere.

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.
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CD + Blu-ray? Or Blu-ray only?
It appears that it's just the Burning Shed BD versions that have the code to download. My Amazon copy didn't have anything.
In all fairness, only Burning Shed even mentioned the digital download.
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