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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on September 21st 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Kscope176Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning – 26 September - KScope
It seems an age ago that Steven Wilson’s band Porcupine Tree brought out On the Sunday of Life.... This gave them the label as one of the most respected progressive rock bands out in the mainstream with their psychodelia sound and experimental guitar sounds. Many albums later and a host of collaborations (including working with Pendulum on their number one album Immersion) Wilson finds himself in a successful solo career having released his first album Insurgentes in 2009. Wilson’s continued interest in experimenting with different instruments in the studio motivated him to write his second solo album Grace for Drowning out next week – a double album – individually named Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye.

Wilson takes you on an overwhelmingly diverse range of musical influences with soft piano chords and sudden bursts into loud rock. He says:

““‘Insurgentes’ was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create ‘journeys in sound’ I guess you could call them.”

WILCO_TWL_CoverWilco – The Whole Love – 26 September – dBpm Records
Wilco’s eight studio album is out next week – that’s if you didn’t take a listen to the album when they streamed it on their website for 24 hours earlier this month. The alternative rock/country outfits record includes a cover of Nick Lowes 1977 hit ‘I Love my Label’. The entire album was recorded in the bands glittering loft in Chicago with the help of Chicago-based videographer, musician and audio engineer Mark Greenberg.

Tori_FinalartTori Amos – Night of Hunters – 26 September – Deutsche Grammaphon
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Tori Amos is back with her first album
since joining Deutsche Grammaphon. The album takes the form of a 21st century song cycle with influences from various sources including Satie, Granados, Chopin and other great composers. Recorded as an all acoustic set Tori Amos lays down her iconic vocals over music from various guests including The Apollon Musagete Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic clarinet soloist Andreas Ottensamer.

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