Steven Wil­son

The Raven That Re­fused To Sing (And Other Sto­ries) 2013

Classic Rock - - Buyer’s Guide -

A con­cep­tual love let­ter to the found­ing fa­thers of prog (lyri­cally in­spired by ghost sto­ries by the likes of Edgar Al­lan Poe), this was Steven Wil­son’s first record as an all-out com­poser, and saw him writ­ing specif­i­cally for his newly as­sem­bled vir­tu­oso band.

A flow­ing set of im­mac­u­lately com­posed vi­gnettes, it’s the­mat­i­cally com­pelling and mu­si­cally stun­ning through­out, with the edgy dy­namism of Lu­mi­nol, the gut-wrench­ing Drive Home and the dark and twist­ing The Watch­maker. It’s one of the strong­est records he’s done, and fea­tures his best vo­cal per­for­mance to date in the haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful ti­tle track.

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