1. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Here is my album of the year. As soon as I listened to it I knew it’d be hard to beat it. From start to finish it’s just majestic, in fact unfathomable. There are no words I can use to describe the emotion depth, musical technicality and sheer blinding brilliance that went into this album. It also makes me sad when I hear a bad album that sells well, when this small album from the small man from a small country has had a greater impact on me than anything I’ve heard on the radio. It’s heavy and soft exactly where it’s need to be. A masterpiece is a understatement, the craftsmanship on this album is so sublime it’ll be a marvel if he manages to release something better than it. The crazy thing is? Steven Wilson is a musical genius whether he cares to admit it or not. Not only does he know how to write great songs but he’s a producer as well, this means that his albums will always sound good. Great songs, balanced properly. Perfection. This will be an album I listen to for a long time, hopefully the rest of my life. For those unaware with who Steven Wilson is a good starting point is Porcupine Tree, either ‘In Absentia’ or ‘Fear of a Blank Planet’ however I may be tempted to recommend this ahead of them. There really is something for everyone here. Hopefully this has justified the album more so than my review earlier this year. If it hasn’t an you refuse to listen to it I won’t even feel sorry for what you’re missing out on, the final closing moments of the title track make all emotion slip away into a state of passive consciousness whereupon the music carries you through a memory and reflection of your entire life. Have I done it justice now? Please just listen to it.
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