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Insurgentes (CD & DVD)

Steve WilsonAudio CD
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One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. A native of Hemel Hempstead in England, Steven was first exposed to music at the age of eight, when he started hearing his father listening to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” and his mother to Donna Summer’s ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Wilson Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B001O2ZW1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

2 Disc Set (CD + DVDA) with a 24 page booklet packaged in a Super jewel case with slipcase. Announcing Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's debut solo album 'Insurgentes'. Acclaimed for his work with Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Anja Garbarek amongst others, Steven Wilson's debut album Insurgentes contains 10 new tracks that range from ballads and anthems to all-out industrial noise assaults. The dark, cinematic and richly textured album represents two years' worth of creative output and numerous recording sessions worldwide in studios from Mexico City to Japan and Israel. While Wilson is a member of several bands including Blackfield, No- Man and Bass Communion, he explains that "when I began writing these songs, I quickly realized that they would be best suited to an album under my own name. It was an intuitive, almost unconscious writing process that resulted in a kind of 'poetry of melancholy.'" Wilson recruited a stellar cast of guests to work on the album including bassist Tony Levin, Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), alongside Japanese Koto player Michiyo Yagi, British guitarist Sand Snowman, and jazz flautist and saxophonist Theo Travis. The final product inhabits a similar experimental realm as recent albums by Thom Yorke, Portishead, and Nine Inch Nails.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-length Solo Debut Pushes Boundaries Further February 24, 2009
By Sea Tac
Format:Audio CD
Steven Wilson may just be the industry's best kept secret. Despite a multicontextual and multidirectional career which has delved into almost every genre imaginable, even Wilson's most popular of projects remain far-removed from the mainstream. He began his professional career with No-Man, in the sad vein of dreamy synth-pop, and has since gone on to form progressive groundbreaker Porcupine Tree, the dark and always irresistably catchy Blackfield, the psychedelic improv-based I.E.M., and worked with standard-setting bands such as Opeth and King Crimson. While anyone familiar with the above bands knows of Wilson's studio wizardry and multi-instrument proficiency, a solo career under his own name has been limited to a series of CD-R releases of acoustic material and cover songs only available through his web site and some random electronic instrumentals which remain largely obscure. Not anymore.

Insurgentes is his full-length debut, under his own name, and hits the listener as effectively as a well-aimed audio shotgun blast. It delves into every genre Wilson has explored while at the same time expanding on each of them, all the while attaining it's own unique sound with the focus and precision of a laser beam. This is a skill beyond the average musician, leaving the listener to always expect the unexpected. Indeed, the stylistic changes are often within the context of a single track, as Wilson begins "Salvaging" with a simple yet sinister guitar riff complemented by his snarls of "what was the point of making me trust...yeah you make me feel sick..." before dropping out the bottom into a soaring orchestral arrangement worthy of J. Ralph's approval.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Ticos
Format:Audio CD
This DVD-Audio 5.1 mix has become the new sonic standard by which all surround recordings should be measured.

From a music perspective there isn't much more to add (Hans Gruber review here is very good), it's Steven Wilson at its creative best - every song is beautifully conceived and executed. But also the music was conceived from scratch in a way that it could really exploit surround sound. I listened to the download of the album for about 12 times before I got this DVD-A. As usual, Steven's songs grow on you with every listen, and you start to understand and enjoy them more over time. However, what makes this album really shine is the 5.1 mix:

1. The sounds balance between the front, center and rear speakers is impeccable
2. The album explores the complete spectrum of the human capacity for audio, in many cases all sound frequencies (from very low to very high - almost as high as white noise) are beautifully displayed at the same time!
3. Really noisy passages are followed by very quiet and haunting passages, the contrast is mind-numbing and beautiful
4. When you play the album out loud, the workout that the subwoofer gets is unbelievable. You better not have glass or breakable objects within distance!

Steven makes a point that in today's iPod generation, the true enjoyment of listening to an album with the right sound quality and fidelity, and enjoying the accompanying artwork has been lost. Downloading individual songs can never transmit the ideas that the artist puts together when creating a concept album. And even though downloads are getting better in terms of better sound quality options, they will never equal the awesome quality that Advanced Resolution surround gives you.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Atmosphere's Alive Captain! March 15, 2009
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Steve Wilson is the first musician alive that successfully and brilliantly brought back the atmospheres of sound originally projected and conceived by Pink Floyd into his own style. There is alot to be said about this achievment. Others have mimicked but fallen short, and there really has never been another band that could really do what Pink Floyd did. There are a lot of dark and scary sounds and mentally projected hallucinations that seemed to come clearer upon repeated listens. And not only did Steve Wilson acheive this major feat, but he also excellently executes alot of the ground achieved by the latter day King Crimson as well. Of course there are also moments of Porcupine Tree (his own band of brilliance) and some of his other projects that have formed "Insurgentes" into a real and true work of art. Steve has learned from all the masters and he has now become one of them. He has, over the last ten years, become one of the most important musicians of our time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but go in with realistic expectations July 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
First of all, if you're looking for Porcupine Tree and won't accept anything else, you probably won't like this album. There's not much tight song structure, and the guitars are mostly there for ambience than to drive a consistent melody. The drumming, however, is top notch... thanks to the help of Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison. I didn't officially know that GH drummed on this album until recently, but I knew from having listened to the album because it's not hard to guess. You will recognize the drumming style from past PT songs, particularly the style of the toms.

The first track ("Harmony Korine") is loud and grand and atmospheric and the exception to the rule on this album. You should not buy based on this track alone because you will be disappointed if you are looking for that to hold up throughout the whole album.

The rest of the album is atmospheric, uneasy, quiet-then-loud, lots going on in the background, etc. It's experimental but not completely random -- there is a thread that holds everything together in most tracks, and that's the main reason it works, in my opinion.

It's drab and depressing, but in a good way. If your mind is congested and you are too tired to do much of anything, but this on and it will clear it up. Seriously -- it is a decongestant for the mind.

You really need to give it time to grow on you. To me, it's so different from most other music that I can't remember what most of the tracks sound like, even after repeated listens... but I quickly recall them as soon as I hear the first few seconds of the track. This doesn't happen to me with many albums and it probably means I'll never get tired of it.

Can't wait to hear what SW will do on his next album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars INSURGENTS CD +DVD
Published 5 days ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars You cant go wrong
Anything Steven Wilson touches turns to gold so you cant go wrong buying anything he has a finger on.
An astonishing talent for sure.
Published 3 months ago by KENNETH SCOTT MORTENSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG, great recording!
Needless to say I am a Steven WIlson fan. This CD hardly ever leaves the player in my car. The DVD sound amazingly good on my home stereo. All in all this is a win/win situation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jamesdak
4.0 out of 5 stars The First of the Solo Albums Journey
While my title is not exactly true, SW began a neo-solo journey with this album. There's a wide range of his talents on display, and a few really good songs that stand out. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gail Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Dark, and not for all tastes.
Steven Wilson's 'Insurgentes' is a very dark, downbeat album with a black cloud of pessimism circling around it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S Tuffnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
A friend recently turned me onto Steven Wilson. I wasn't a huge fan of Porcupine Tree, but find Wilson's solo stuff to be a beautiful mix of the left and right brain. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Macdiarmid
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I loved it, except for the inconvenience of receiving two instead of one and having to sold the extra, :)
Published 15 months ago by Jorge Paolo Perez Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!!!
Please listen to this and other Steven Wilson recordings, including Porcupine Tree. As good as all the Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc. A true musical genius!
Published 17 months ago by James R. Dougherty
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good!
I'm no much of a music reviewer.. but this album is good. It's almost the logical conclusion to the more recent Porcupine Tree albums.
Published 18 months ago by LMS
5.0 out of 5 stars better than grace for drowning
I know I am going against the grain here but I like this album alot,much more than grace for drowning. which is way too "jazzy" for me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by floyd
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This item is listed as a CD-DVD-A set--what's the difference except paying $5 less?
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