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Returning Jesus [Import]

No ManAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Since its formation in 1987, over the course of six massively varied studio albums and several compilations, No-Man has produced a unique body of work that has developed from the band's proto Trip-Hop/Ambient origins into something beyond easy categorisation.

After receiving ecstatic press reviews, indie top 20 hits and high profile contracts in the early 1990s (with One Little ... Read more in Amazon's No Man Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hidden Art
  • ASIN: B00008J2RB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Rain
2. No Defence
3. Close Your Eyes
4. Carolina Skeletons
5. Outside The Machine
6. Returning Jesus
7. Slow It All Down
8. Lighthouse
9. All That You Are

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen very carefully... April 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
..and you will be rewarded. This is undoubtfully no-man's greatest effort to date. There'a tremendous organic beauty to this album - more so than any previous album, live instruments are everywhere - jazz trumpets, irresistable slide guitar, the unmistakeable feel of an upright bass, etc. Many great musicians contributed to this album, and it shows. But most importantly the songwriting is in rare form, and the careful arrangements can only be fully appreciated through repeated listens.
As is no-man's domain, the music is slow, sad and beautiful. Tim's voice channels emotions with ease, and Steven's subtle guitar work is stunning. I may of course be biased, being a long time Porcupine Tree and no-man fan, so keep that in mind. And do yourself a favor, listen to this album without distractions, preferrable at night, or you won't get it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Bowness & Steven Wilson's Utterly Emotive Project February 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
No-Man is the side project of Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson (instruments) and the multi-dimensional artist Tim Bowness (vocals). You may have heard of No-Man only recently (due to Porcupine Tree's success in prog circles) but No-Man is no newcomer. The project has been active for over ten years now, and Returning Jesus is their much accomplished fourth studio release. Vocalist Tim Bowness plays a very integral role in No-Man, as he writes all the lyrics and half of the songs. Steven Wilson is responsible for the music, instrumentation, mix, and production. As previous No-Man albums, there are several guests contributing to this album (Robert Fripp guested on the band's Flowermouth album), among whom are Ian Carr of Miles Davies fame on trumpets, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass, Steve Jansen (David Sylvian) on drums, and some others I'm not familiar with. Here's the exact lineup: Ben Christophers - acoustic guitar, Ian Dixon - trumpet and flugelhorn, Rick Edwards - percussion, David Kosten - synths, and Theo Travis - saxophone, flute. That said, whilst the guest performers certainly give this album an extra edge, they don't seem to have contributed to the music's structural substance.

It should be noted that No-Man sounds absolutely nothing like Steven Wilson's other bands/projects. This is a very slow-paced disc, with strong emphasis on ambience, multi-textured song arrangements, introspective songs that are shaped by pop sensibilities, and additional non-rock instruments (violin, trumpet, horn, etc). Touches of soul music, classical, light jazz, and trance abound the compositions never sticking out too much and taking away from the songs' ambient textures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try August 20, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a truly beautiful CD. I got into this band via Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson is in both bands)although its quite different to PT - more like later Talk Talk. Tim's voice is quite incredible ... just get the CD and if youre like me you'll be scouring the marketplace for their back catalogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Turning away from the looped beats and driving pop-dynamics which comprised a large part of their earlier work, No-Man dive headlong into territory which will be familiar to listeners who have hear Talk Talk's legendary final albums. Concretely, they employ sparser, more open arrangements, eschew verse/chorus structure in favour of mood and texture, but glue it all together with Bowness' assured pop delivery (his voice is simply incredible), carefully buried hooks and soulful, direct lyrics.

Each track is engineered and played to perfection. 'Lighthouse' and 'Close your Eyes' ebb past as gentle, evocative epics that hit home with powerful emotional peaks and troughs, 'Only rain' has a stunning about turn half way through, descending into minimal, jazz like interplay. 'All that you are', the final track, has an impassioned vocal performance and is so bold and simple that it is utterly engrossing.

In recommending this album I would say that _Flowermouth_ is the best starting point for the band, but this album is highly regarded among fans and possesses a delicate beauty which is appealing, as well as being curiously addictive. The style of the music is miles away from conventional rock however, and veers nearer to the 'Post-rock' bands (except Bowness' voice which is way, way better than most of those guys) and late Talk Talk.

For fans of forward looking music with real depth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow me down... March 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe that I am the first one to review this CD! After being fortunate enough to even find it, I cannot stop listening... From the gorgeous strings of "Only Rain" to the end of "All That You Are", this is about as close to perfection as you can get (right up there with Porcupine Tree's "Lightbulb Sun" from last year). Tim Bowness and Steven (Porcupine Tree) Wilson explore new musical territory in the vein of later Talk Talk, earlier David Sylvian, Miles Davis, etc... while continuing to sound unique at the same time. Best songs here are "Only Rain", "Close Your Eyes", "Carolina Skeletons", "Outside The Machine", the haunting title track "Returning Jesus" and "All That You Are". Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness have a created CD to be truly proud of. Now we just need to get the word out... BUY THIS CD!!! You wll not be dissapointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly good
This is an outstanding album. No big technical review. If you have stumbled upon No Man because of Steven Wilson then this is nothing like Porcupine Tree or Blackfield. Read more
Published on October 16, 2009 by Martin Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly powerful and magnificent album.
Craftsmanship in pop music often has undesirable consequences. Too much perfection and you boil away the emotion from the music. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by Michael Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christlike Recording
As some reviewers have said, those who really want to enjoy the music of No-Man need to set aside the time, put aside other distractions, and listen attentively. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Kurt Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars GRAN DISCO DE NO-MAN!!
Published on May 15, 2008 by Guillermo Fino
5.0 out of 5 stars JESUS HAS INDEED RETURNED
WOW what an incredible release! How do you even begin to explain this to people! RETURNING JESUS.. Read more
Published on June 9, 2006 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange title, superb music
It's hard to understand why they titled the album as such, but don't let that stop you from hearing the music. Read more
Published on May 19, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars # 1
What a pleasure to hear an album as refreshing as this one. S Wilson and P bowness keep plowing away w amazing music. Read more
Published on February 3, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful...
Of the 1000+ cds I own, this is one the most beautiful things I've ever heard. So simple, but so intricate and sweeping... this is the music of my heart.
Published on October 27, 2003 by J. Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful...
Of the 1000+ cds I own, this is one the most beautiful things I've ever heard. So simple, but so intricate and sweeping... this is the music of my heart.
Published on October 27, 2003 by J. Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
So...there's not much to say (to write). I'ts just the most beautiful album of year 2001. World would be better if all people listened every night to Returning Jesus. Read more
Published on November 17, 2002 by exodus
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