Insurgentes (CD & DVD)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Following all this bleak atmosphere is 'Veneno Para Las Hadas', opening with a very slow vocal over patient spacey keys and a pulsating beat that pumps along and maintains a degree of tension. The incomparable Jordan Rudess is guest keyboardist on this along with 'No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun', a song with a King Crimsonish title and overall feel, that opens with Mike Outram's sporadic guitar bursts and an odd drum beat, perhaps a more progressive vibe than previous tracks. The fractured melody sounds like a King Crimson meets Porcupine Tree track. The proggish time sig is wonderful and it has a very long intro riff with Frippian squeaky guitars until it all cuts abruptly and Wilson whispers some reflective words. It builds to a louder chorus utilising the same shattered time sig. this may be the highlight of the album along with the opening track. It ends with backwards effects and then a shock of distorted riffs that begin unexpectedly until it all breaks down like a viny record slowing down to stop; a great track.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2nd favorite of the solo disks. Hand Canot Erase at #1. However, you must be in the mood for this music. Definitely gets dark at times but has more edge then GFD & THE RAVEN.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Steven Wilson, hands down, is by far one of the most ingenious mucisians alive today!Published 2 months ago by Aaron H Pinley
That really says it all. And this is only the FIRST of his albums I've purchased!! Safe to say I'll be building my SW collection.Published 2 months ago by C. G. Keller
Cannot say anything negative about this guy - He just deliveresPublished 2 months ago by Stanley K Dupont
I rediscovered this first Steven Wilson cd listening to the cd/dvd edition with a surround sound.
After listening to his recent releases i didn't remember clearly how was his... Read more
I listened to by Insurgentes on Amazon Prime and once again was lured into buying this magnificent prog album. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love everything about Steven Wilson's solo work. I also am amazed at the life he has injected, as a mixing/mastering guru, into masterpieces by Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Misha