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Album Review

From the very beginning of his musical career, Steven Wilson has worked in a variety of genres. These include the classy experimentalism of No-Man, the classic rock approach of Blackfield, the indie, progressive, and gothic-heavy metal statements of Porcupine Tree, and the electronic explorations of Bass Communion, as well as his solo recordings that rely on prog and, more recently, sophisticated pop/rock. Transience is a limited-edition three-sided vinyl-only compilation (the fourth side contains no music, but a handwritten lyric etching for the song "Happy Returns." Wilson's intention was to create "...a more easygoing introduction to my music. These are mostly the shorter song-based tracks (some represented by edits) recorded between 2003 and 2015." With the exception of the seven-plus-minute final cut, "Drive Home," from The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories, the remainder rove between three to under six minutes. The set also includes a brand-new version of "Lazarus" released especially for this album. The title track is the single version from Hand. Cannot. Erase. and the edited versions of "Happy Returns" and "Deform to Form a Star" still serve the elemental flow, regardless of their original source: solo, Porcupine Tree, et al. The only complaint is format. In "trying to sequence an album that would act as a more easygoing introduction to my music" while choosing a limited-edition vinyl pressing, Wilson appears to be at cross purposes with his intention. Nonetheless, this is an excellent, if quirky, introduction to one (accessible) aspect of Wilson's multidimensional persona; it will serve fans — and newcomers — willing to take the plunge. [Transience was also released with a bonus track, "Happiness III."]

Customer Reviews

Old :(

I gave 5 stars because there is not a single song on here that I don't like, but why re-release old material?

Really?

I love SW, but why rehash all this old material? These are all songs I already have. I'll give it two stars for the remasters... but still waiting for something new Steven.

Wonderful Compilation

The man is a bonafide genius and has demonstrated his works repeatedly over the past 20+ years - at least in my case.
Thank you for being you and the talents you have Mr Wilson. You can count on my support since your music in its various iterations is a significant source of wonderment and satisfaction for me. I've been listening to "prog rock" which I don't consider your music to be restricted to since it encompasses so much more.
Wish you many more decades of productivity. Thank you!!!

Biography

Born: November 3, 1967 in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, Eng

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Thanks to a prolific work ethic that puts even Damon Albarn's extensive list of side projects to shame, self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.'s most critically acclaimed cult artists. Born in Kingston Upon Thames in London in 1967, Wilson was inspired to pursue a career in music after devouring his parents' Pink Floyd and Donna Summer records, and by the age of 12 he had already started to experiment with different guitar and...
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