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Steven Wilson: Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Read "Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

One component of progressive rock composer/vocalist/guitarist/ Steve Wilson's widespread appeal pertains to his rather boyish charm and heartfelt vocal delivery. A strong composer and supreme melody-maker, the artist seduces the audience with the notions of living and breathing the experiences and implications of a song's lyrics. And he helped pave the way for post progressive rock stylizations as the founder of the hugely successful and influential band, Porcupine Tree. Moreover, he's collaborated with several named artists and ensembles over the ...

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Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)

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Steven Wilson Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Eagle Records 2018 In a career now early in its fourth decade, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has bucked almost every trend in the new millennium music industry. After spending over twenty years as the driving force behind Porcupine Tree, he made the seemingly risky move of going solo with 2009's Insurgentes (Kscope). In some ways it was an odd move, given that Porcupine Tree ostensibly ...

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Steven Wilson at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

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Steven Wilson Salle Wilfrid Pelletier Place des Arts Montréal, Canada November 23, 2018 Singer/songwriter Steven Wilson's star has been on the ascendance since he first began releasing albums as Porcupine Tree in the early '90s, a solo project that ultimately became a band when early releases were so successful that it became necessary to form one in order to take the music on the road. When he decided to part company with the group ...

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Steven Wilson at the Keswick Theater

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Steven Wilson The Keswick Theater Glenside, PA April 25, 2018 If rockers are usually supposed to slow down and lose their edge as they get older, Steven Wilson obviously missed the memo. He's a little way behind the departing or retiring rock royalty of the '70s (not that they've all become dinosaurs either), but he seems to be only getting more fired up as his solo career progresses. His restless insistence on mad genre-hopping does ...

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Steven Wilson: To the Bone

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From the moment that he decided to “go solo"--despite his previous flagship group, Porcupine Tree, beginning in the late '80s as a solo project that only evolved into a group when it became popular enough to necessitate putting together a band in order to perform live--Steven Wilson has, in many ways, defied categorization and expectation, while consistently imbuing his music with a seemingly infinite and richly diverse series of influences. Wilson is, after all, a true music geek: ...

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Steven Wilson: To the Bone

Read "To the Bone" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Wait long enough and everything old becomes new again. Steven Wilson's career has often seemed like one long exercise in putting that idea into practice. Through at least half a dozen different musical outfits, he's continually borrowed from and paid homage to the vast genre stew of music that's shaped his life, from progressive rock to psychedelia, house, shoegaze, noise/drone, acid folk and much more. Most albums through his solo career have tended to center around one particular niche from ...

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Steven Wilson at Theatre St-Denis

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Steven WilsonThéâtre St-Denis Montréal, Canada March 2, 2016 Perhaps one of the biggest signs of multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson's continued upward trajectory is this: less than nine months after selling out two nights at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2015, he brought his top- drawer band back to Montreal for another packed-to-the-rafters show, this time at Théâtre St-Denis, where Crimson delivered two stunning nights last November. Beyond the fact that, despite issuing an ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Steven Wilson: Maintaining Momentum with Transience & 4 1/2

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He is undeniably one of the hardest working men in music. In addition to ongoing work as surround sound and new stereo remixer for bands including King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull, XTC, Hawkwind, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Roxy Music and Caravan, with more groups being added on a regular basis, Steven Wilson has, since 2009--when he placed his flagship group Porcupine Tree on indefinite hiatus- -built a solo career that has grown at a remarkable ...

INTERVIEWS

Steven Wilson: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

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The trajectory of Steven Wilson's career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)--an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace for Drowning (Kscope, 2011), his second solo album following 2009's Insurgentes (Kscope)-- Wilson has released a third studio recording, 2013's The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Read "Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase." reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes you never can tell. When British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson released the old school progressive rock record The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope, 2013), who knew that it would not only turn out to be his best-selling album since walking away from Porcupine Tree to begin an increasingly successful solo career with Insurgentes (Kscope, 2009), but become the most successful album in his entire career? That progressive rock has been making a resurgence ...

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Steven Wilson: Remixing Yes, Jethro Tull & XTC

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While 2013 has largely been occupied by a world tour in support of his recent The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope, 2013), Steven Wilson has, as he said he would in his 2012 All About Jazz interview, certainly kept up with the run of stereo and surround sound remix projects that have turned into a significant sideline to his own musical career. Since becoming involved with King Crimson's 40th Anniversary Series, beginning with the release of ...

FILM REVIEWS

Steven Wilson: Drive Home

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Steven Wilson Drive Home Kscope 2013 It's been a busy couple of years for Steven Wilson. The British singer, multi- instrumentalist and songwriter has continued his work as the go-to guy for surround sound and stereo remixes on recent outings including XTC's Nonesuch (1992; reissued Panegyric, 2013), Yes' Close to the Edge (1972; reissued Panegyric, 2013), Jethro Tull's Benefit: A Collector's Edition (1970; reissued Chrysalis, 2013), and his new stereo mix, in collaboration with King ...