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Steven Wilson: Drive Home

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But everyone shines on this relatively short but complete representation of Wilson's multifaceted writing. "The Raven That Refused to Sing" was a gorgeous set- closer, its heartbreaking story projected on the rear screen but, with the various close- up edits of the band, it's great to also have the full video available as well. And while the band version used on The Raven is, in some ways, definitive, the orchestral version of the song—with just Wilson's piano and voice, augmented by orchestra and choir—is so good that it makes a strong case for having been included on the original studio record. Either way, it's now possible to have both, along with a dramatic live version that demonstrates Wilson and his band at their most powerful...and their most vulnerable.

With his world tour now over and this small gift now available, what does 2014 hold for Wilson? From his website: " The success of The Raven album will be a tough act to follow, and writing a worthy follow up will occupy most of my time over the next 6 months (I plan to record some time next Summer). There won't be anything in the way of new music from me until then, but there will be some reissues of older music, including some more classic album remixes. Plus there will be a handful of Blackfield shows in February that I will be taking part in, more news on that soon."

Drive Home fills an important gap by documenting his exceptional 2013 touring band. Whether this band stays together or not is yet to be seen, as is the question: will Wilson continue on this path or choose something completely different for his next record? In the meantime, the forward momentum built by Wilson over the past three years may slow down briefly, but there's little doubt that, based on the upward trajectory of his three solo recordings and utterly memorable tours, whatever is to come will be well worth waiting for.


Tracks: CD: Drive Home (edit); The Birthday Party; The Raven That Refused to Sing (orchestral version); The Holy Drinker (live in Frankfurt); Insurgentes (live in Frankfurt); The Watchmaker (live in Frankfurt); The Raven That Refused to Sing (live in Frankfurt). Blu-Ray video content: Drive Home (video); The Raven That Refused to Sing (video); The Holy Drinker (live in Frankfurt); Insurgentes (live in Frankfurt); The Watchmaker (live in Frankfurt); The Raven That Refused to Sing (live in Frankfurt). Blu Ray audio content (96/24 stereo mix and 5.1 surround sound audio): The Birthday Party; The Raven That Refused to Sing (orchestral version).

Personnel: Steven Wilson: keyboards, guitars, bass guitar (CD#4, DVD#3); Nick Beggs: bass guitar, Chapman Stick (CD#4, DVD#3), backing vocals; Guthrie Govan: lead guitar; Adam Holzman: keyboards; Marco Minnemann: drums; Theo Travis: flutes, saxophones, clarinet.

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