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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 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KSCOPE
  • ASIN: B00AQB2A3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 release from the highly respected British Prog artist, producer and member of Porcupine Tree and No Man amongst others. The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) was written between January and July and recorded in Los Angeles in September. Steven's current band is a collection of stellar musicians: lead guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann on the drums, Theo Travis playing saxophone/flute, and Adam Holzman on keyboards. The record has been engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons and consists of six songs, three of which are 10 minute plus epics and are based on stories of the supernatural.

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One of the best albums I've ever heard.
Lakshya Chhabra
This is the album of the decade - by the most prolific and amazing musician/artist in progressive music of our time.
Ticos
I can tell this will be a song that I'll be able to listen to a hundred times without getting tired of it.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Octavious on February 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The hardest working man in Prog has produced another masterpiece.

Only 18 months after releasing the excellent "Grace For Drowning" Steven Wilson as raised the bar with "The Raven That Refused To Sing." And once again Wilson invites the listener into a total sensory experience.

Wilson remembers the day before digital downloads when purchasing an album was an event. You would take the time and go to a store and browse the isles. When you got home with your purchase and ripped off the cellophane the first thing that hit you was the small of vinyl and printers ink on paper. It was a great smell. Then you marveled at the large artwork and gatefold layout. You read all the liner notes and then immersed yourself in the music.

Wilson lets you have a choice of formats. As for me, I received the deluxe edition with the 128 page hardback book and 4 CD's. And once again the smell of ink on paper was a joy as I viewed the excellent artwork by Hajo Mueller, which serves as another level of interpretation to the ghost stories that make up this concept work.

And the music? Stunning. He further develops the sound he explored on "Grace For Drowning" . A departure from his first solo effort "Insurgentes" which had more to do with his thinking at the time and a Porcupine Tree holdover. I so like his move away form that minimalist, droning sound to a more fully orchestrated instrumental affair with a touch of jazz fusion to boot.

All the recent flourishes are found here. A touch of early King Crimson, some recent Steve Hackett and it sounds like Wilson has been listening to his KScope label mates--North Atlantic Oscillation. Especially on the title track.

And that title track is truly amazing. It starts with just four notes on the piano.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. on February 26, 2013
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Those who aren't familiar with this prog rock mastermind best stick their nose in a book and read up on Steven Wilson. Best known as the brains behind prog rock heroes Porcupine Tree, Wilson delivers for our pleasure his third solo album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories).

Those who don't know better might confuse it for a book title, but those who do know the two mediums have their similarities. For Raven, Wilson has designed each song to tell a standalone story, much like chapters in a book, and each story focuses on some type of supernatural or occult element. There are tales of murder, death, regret, longing, and detailed character sketches to top it all off.

And it's not just the lyrics that are supernatural; the skill involved in the musicianship is pretty otherworldly itself. One of the biggest upgrades between this album and his two previous solo albums is that he now has the most talented backing band behind him he's ever had. Famed English axeman Guthrie Govan handles guitar duties, and provides a level of skill and technicality rarely seen in any of Wilson's works. Adding to that confection is esteemed German drummer Marco Minneman, but Theo Travis's contributions are also integral. Travis plays a variety of instruments, including flutes, clarinets, and saxophones, which helps give Raven its signature sound.

Wilson's compositions haven't been very technical compared to most progressive rock band, but as Wilson explained to Anil Prasad on Innerviews.org, this album marks the first time he's written instrumental material that is beyond his own skill level. The result couldn't have been more sublime.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Ruvinsky on February 28, 2013
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I've been a fan of Porcupine Tree for many years, though I only got seriously into their music in 2011 when I saw Steven Wilson's solo concert for "Grace for Drowning." I've been looking forward to this album for months and I'm overjoyed to have it in my hands. I had high expectations, and "The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories)" surpassed them. The songs are all based off of folk tales and myths, and I'm interested to look up what they've been based off of.

Song by song:

Luminol: This might be my favorite on the disc, though it's hard to pick. This is a 12 minute, mostly-instrumental song that blows me away. Sometimes when bands create long songs, they tend to drag on--not so for Steven Wilson. This song keeps you captivated until the end and begs you for a replay. The beat of the drums make it a lot of fun to drive to, also.

Drive Home: A beautifully melancholy song. It's one of those sadder sounding songs that doesn't make you feel depressed, but instead makes me feel an almost hopeful kind of longing. I don't like this song AS much as some others on the album, but I do still love it. Good to listen to when you're in a calm mood.

The Holy Drinker: This is the one song on the album that's taking a little while to grow on me. I still like it, but not as much as the other songs yet. However, I know from experience with listening to Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson that oftentimes songs that don't catch your ear at first become your favorites. So, we'll see! The song is heavier than Drive Home, and has a driving force behind it. Definitely going to be a headbanger at concerts.
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I see that the new disk is getting good reviews in Europe. I won't have an opinion till after I hear it, but I'll certainly buy it, one way or the other. I do like Steven's solo projects / collaborations, but I prefer PT. I very much liked "Grace for Drowning" and the "Get All... Read More
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