Steven Wil­son

Home In­va­sion: Con­cert At The Roy­all Al­bert Hall

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Rid­ing on the wave that hit Progsville with his To The Bone al­bum, Steven Wil­son, ‘the most fa­mous mu­si­cian most peo­ple have never heard of’’, took up res­i­dence at The

Al­bert Hall in March 2018 for three sold-out nights; the third rep­re­sented here in DVD or Blu-Ray, twin CDs, five LP vinyl (March 2019) and stream­ing. Sur­rounded by a crack band that in­cludes the ef­fort­lessly vir­tu­osic Alex Hutch­ings on gui­tar, and prog-roy­alty Nick Beggs on bass plus some as­tound­ing vis­ual ef­fects, Wil­son strides through a set that draws from his back cat­a­logue and To The Bone it­self. The mu­sic sets off with Nowhere Now, fol­lowed by Pariah which sees vo­cal­ist Ninet Tayeb join Steven in a pow­er­ful duet, rem­i­nis­cent of Gabriel and Bush’s Don’t Give Up. Al­though there’s al­ways a gui­tar around Steven’s neck, top men­tion goes to Hutch­ings whose play­ing shines through­out, es­pe­cially on tracks like Home In­va­sion/Re­gret #9 and Ver­mil­lion­core. Bonus tracks on the DVD re­veal ex­tra footage, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent Rou­tine played to an empty hall where Alex’s Waghorn gui­tar and Laney amp pro­vide an emo­tive solo. For the full ex­pe­ri­ence, the video is noth­ing short of re­mark­able!

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